Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions
Many bloggers have developed a rating system by which they give a numerical value (or letter grade) to each book. Many bloggers get really creative and create their own systems and spell out what a certain star/grade means to them if they designate a book with that rating. I’ve also seen some bloggers not have any star/grade ratings and just let their reviews speak for themselves and talk about who they’d recommend them for.
What I Want to Know: Bloggers, do you utilize some sort of rating systems? Why do you like them? What do they look like? Do you ever find any limitations with them? Non-bloggers, do you find rating systems helpful?
Are you a fan of rating systems/do you use one? Vote thumbs up or thumbs down.
I’m a thumbs up because I do utilize a star rating system–just a simple 1-5 stars because that was what I saw on the majority of blogs when I started in June. I’m on the fence though. Sometimes I have such a hard time being consistent with my star ratings. I feel conflicted that a book that might be a guilty pleasure, non-thinking sort of reading might be a 5 star as far as pure enjoyment and fun but then also give a 5 star to some book that was just a beautiful piece of work that shook me to my core and made me think about a lot of things. I’ve seen some bloggers have a breakdown of things like (plot, characters, overall experience, writing, etc.) and that seems like a good route but I wonder if I’m too lazy to do that. Also, another limitation with rating systems, is sometimes I feel like it’s not as simple as giving it a number. There are certain books that just don’t fit underneath the constraints of my rating system. That’s why I’ve been trying to have a “final thought” at the end where I sum up my thoughts and give my recommendations. A 5 star book from me doesn’t necessarily mean I would recommend it to EVERYONE given the variety of what I read which reflects my readers. I loved certain YA books that I wouldn’t hand to readers of only adult fiction.
Past Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: