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Ratings Poll Results

Looks like my readers are as on the fence as I am about whether I should include ratings in my reviews or not.

The votes were tied 13 in favor and 13 against.

So for now, I think I’ll stick with the end of year ratings breakdown.  Thanks for all of your input.

What do you think ratings do for reviews?  Do you use them and why?

  • I only use ratings on Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing. On my reviews I don’t because it’s quite obvious whether I like a book or not. That’s why I don’t bother.

  • Ratings to absolutely nothing for me. They are so subjective and not every book can use the same guidelines. At least I don’t feel like they can. I mean, what works for one book may not work for another, but that doesn’t mean both are not equally good. I guess I’m just not a fan of any rating system.
    Jackie (Literary Escapism)´s last blog post ..Live Chat with Jaye Wells Tonight!

  • Ratings on MY reads are really for me. To help me quickly find my favorites in a list and to assist in comparing my own enjoyment levels. I really don’t consider how others rate a book unless it is awful and/or really good OR for a book that I’ve already read. I truly want to read the words in a review and always consider the reviewer’s personal taste before I just glance at a rating and making a decision. In other words, I don’t have an opinion or respect anyone’s right to rate but I will continue to rate my own. I won’t take responsibility for your decision to read or not read based on MY number of stars.

  • It doesn’t matter to me whether a review has a rating or not. I think you should just go with your gut and do what makes you happy.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — July 26

  • I use them..I immediately look to a rating because it just helps me identify that great reads from a mediocre read.

  • I really like Trisha’s system, and wish I could use it but I’m too lazy to go back and change everything. I find ratings really helpful. I can always tell when someone goes crazy over a book, but it is all that in-between stuff that feels murky if I don’t see a rating. Many people won’t just come right out and say they hated a book, but if I see a “2 out of 5” I know they did.
    Sandy´s last blog post ..Sunday Salon- Walking Turkey

  • I do like to look at the numbers or stars a book may have but I just can’t seem to give ratings out myself. I think I’d may end up giving out four stars to every book or something! haha…
    iliana´s last blog post ..Weekend at Borders

  • Alessandra

    I don’t really care much for ratings on book blogs. Yeah, I look at them, but don’t really keep them in much consideration. I pay much more attention to plot description and other considerations included in the review.

  • I just started using a sort of ratings system on my blog, but I kept it simple: buy, borrow, accept, avoid. Numbers, stars, etc. don’t work for me, but this system seems to be going well. I’d say it all depends on why you want the ratings in the first place. I wanted to be able to click on the ‘buy’ label and see all of my top reads at once.

  • I do use them on LT and Good Reads and often when I look at them later, I wonder what I was thinking, so I don’t use them on my blog. It sounds like you should do whatever you want.