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So here are my thoughts:
As most of you know - I don't give ratings on my blog. I have a hard time with them because I'm not sure how to rate a book that is technically excellent but just didn't turn my crank. For example - I really dislike Jane Austen as an author. (hang on, I have to duck a few rotten tomatoes thrown from the crowd) If I were rating Pride and Prejudice simply from my own experience and enjoyment, I would give it a 1/5. Would that be fair? I don't know because I can agree that she is a technically excellent writer, I just don't enjoy her stories. That's why I choose to rate elements of the books I read instead. Having said all that ... places like Amazon insist I give a star rating on the books I review. So I have spent considerable time considering what each star rating should mean.
Three stars is kind of my 'go to' rating. In my mind it means that the book was a decent read; enjoyable enough; but not totally amazing or life changing in any way. (definitely better than any Jane Austen I've ever read, though) Have I received nasty e-mails from authors after giving a three star rating? OH YES! I guess authors all hope that their book will be a five star masterpiece - and I get that. If I had poured so much of my life into a piece of work and then put it out there for public consumption, I'd be hoping for five stars as well. I have nothing but the greatest admiration for authors and artists of all sorts who are willing to make themselves so vulnerable for our entertainment. I, for one, could never do it. Sadly, the reality is that there are mostly three star books out there ... and one persons three star may be another's five. Each book hits each reader differently.
Never would I decide not to read a book with a three star rating. Someone enjoyed it well enough and thinks it is worth reading. Maybe that book will hit me at a five. When I see three stars, I know the book is well written and the story is entertaining, there was just nothing in it that spoke to the soul of that reviewer. Nothing wrong with that. Maybe it will speak to the soul of the next reader. Never have I thought I was being negative about a book I've given three stars.
Those are my thoughts. If you want to read others, check out the linky. If you do a post, feel free to add it. I'd love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment.