Goodreads, don’t get me wrong I love being on Goodreads. I love the fact that I can see what people are reading. I like to see what books are coming out, and what books I have missed. Goodreads can be an amazing resource to discover books that you will love. Except here is the problem I have come to realize I have with Goodreads. I have become a ratings snob. Here is how I discovered I am a ratings snob.
My aunt called and was asking about a few books that she has had on her bookshelf for a long time. I told her I would check the ratings on Goodreads. So here is how the conversation went.
me: “That book has a rating of 3.21, get rid of it.”
aunt: “Isn’t anything over 3 good.”
me: “No, 3.21 is a terrible rating.”
aunt: “Well what about this book.”
me: “That one is 3.30, that is ok, but I would get rid of it.”
aunt: “ok, I will.”
Cut to a few days ago when I was making a top ten Tuesday list. One of the books on there has a rating of 3.28. Now, if I was going by my system I do now, I would have never picked that book up. Sure the books isn’t groundbreaking. It isn’t one I want to call all of my friends and tell them they must read. However, it was a fun book for me to read. I really enjoyed it. It got me thinking about what those ratings mean on Goodreads. Some people are going to rate books low. Those people hate everything. Then you have people who love every book they get their hands. You know those kinds of people I am talking about. The other problem is if I go just off of the ratings. I am putting my book trust in the hands of people who I may not have anything in common with. So, the conclusion I came to is I am going to stop putting so much stock in the ratings. Will I still check them? Yes, I will, but I won’t care if a book is not beloved. I will definitely want to check books out with 4 or higher, but won’t discount a book just because it isn’t rated really high. Except if the book is under 3. Then forget it. I guess I didn’t learn anything!
So, what are your thoughts on the Goodreads rating system? Do you discount a book with a low rating? Do you discourage others from reading low rated books? Or is that just me.