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?


  1. 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.

  2. 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.
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  3. 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.

  4. 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.
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  5. I use them..I immediately look to a rating because it just helps me identify that great reads from a mediocre read.

  6. 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.
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  7. 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…
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  8. Alessandra says

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.