I decided to start participating in Let’s Talk Bookish!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books and Danie at Literary Lion. The full list of September topics can be found here.
This week’s topic is: Is 3 Stars A Good Rating?
I have seen this being discussed quite a bit lately both here on WordPress and on Twitter. Some people find a three star rating to be neutral, or equate it with a bad review, while others equate it to a positive review.
I’ve tried to more or less follow the Goodreads rating system when it comes to rating books. If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s the breakdown.
1 star = did not like it
2 stars = it was okay
3 stars = liked it
4 stars = really liked it
5 stars = it was amazing
The only part of the Goodreads rating system that I disagree with is, wait for it…the 3 star rating!
In general, I think a 3 star rating is bad.
In the past I have given books three star ratings when they had potential but it wasn’t met, if the ending was lackluster, or if it left me feeling kind of meh. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, but something was just missing.
Because all of that sounds so negative, whenever I have given a book 3 stars, I end up feeling like a horrible person. Thankfully, I haven’t had many three star reads (so far…) because I am very particular about what I choose to read. If it’s a new-to-me author, I will research the book pretty thoroughly before reading it. If it’s not clicking with me right away, I will generally add it to the DNF list before it even reaches the point of a low star rating.
Since every reviewer and blogger uses a different rating system, it can be difficult to generalize the star ratings especially on Goodreads. I think the three star rating is a huge gray area, so I will always try to explain my reasoning if I give a book that rating. What could be a three-star read for me could be a five-star read for someone else, and vice versa.
What about you? Do you think 3 stars is a good rating? Tell me in the comments or drop a link to your post so I can check it out!