Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I don’t know why but I have been pretty harsh with my star ratings this past few months. Books I use to give 4 stars are now 3.5 stars. Books I really enjoy but don’t hit something special inside me are now 3 stars, no matter how good they are. I have given only one book 5 stars in the past few months, though I have read some amazing books. Even then, it took me like 20 minutes to reason out that Black Rainbow deserved 5 stars, but I still second guess myself.
Is it age, is it my tastes changing, is it a fluke, is it permanent or temporary? I don’t know what is happening. I don’t want to get ride of my star rating system but I don’t feel like they are representative of my feelings toward books anymore. My reviews still express what I want them to express. That hasn’t changed. But that same instinct I use to have with book ratings is gone. I want it back. I feel a bit lost without it. I feel bad giving books I really like only 3 stars (I know, 3 stars is still a good rating, I am just being dramatic) for whatever reason. Or not giving an amazing book 5 stars. It’s starting to piss me off.
I can’t change what’s happening, but I was wondering if any of you have or are going through something like this? Has your rating instinct or system ever fail you? Are you harsh with your book ratings or more lenient? How do you decide on a book’s rating?