Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new discussion and today I’m talking about whether or not we should let rating influence what we read! Because y’all know we let our blogger friends and Goodreads influence our tbr!
If you are anywhere in the bookish community then you know, book ratings are everywhere! Even if you don’t go anywhere near bookish social media, your local bookstore probably has little staff reviews for books on their shelves which have been known to even steer my book buying at times.
So, should we let ratings or reviews influence our reading? Is it a good thing to take a book off our tbr because a few people said it was bad or are we saving ourselves from a dnf?
I’m kind of torn on this tbh. If a bunch of reviewers say a book is hella problematic and/or offensive to a particular group of people I will 110% take it off my tbr, but what if my favourite reviewers/bloggers say they just felt meh about a book? Honestly, that influences my thought on it too. Maybe next time I go to the bookstore I won’t bother to even look at the book, whereas, if I hadn’t read those reviewers I might have bought the book at the store.
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS [ARE THE RATINGS HIGH?]
Rating: 4.02 Rating: 3.87 Rating: 3.94 Rating: 3.87
So, contrary to my massive 2018 book haul (coming late December because I need Jesus), I don’t actually buy books that often, and I especially don’t buy full price physical books pretty much ever. So, I usually check Goodreads before I purchase a book I haven’t already read or I just get them out from the library.
I think for me, now that I check reviews and other opinions on blogs or Goodreads, I am definitely a lot more selective about what I read and even more selective about the books and comics that I buy.
WHERE THE RATINGS WENT WRONG FOR ME
Rating: 4.23 Rating: 4.21 Rating: 4.13 Rating: 4.08
So, what are the reasons for and against being influenced by the ratings others give to books?
- So many different/mixed opinions and different views on a book!
- Easy access to #ownvoices reviews! + therefore, it’s easy to find out about problematic content.
- So much variety of review types and experiences reading, also everyone describes a book differently.
- A book could totally be up my alley, but what if I didn’t pick it up because a bunch of people didn’t like it???
- I usually check Goodreads before purchasing a book I haven’t already read. Is there something really wrong with trusting ppl I don’t know over my own gut?
- The whole what if situation
ON MY TBR
Rating: 3.78 Rating: 4.6 Rating: 4.26 Rating: 4.14
DO RATINGS INFLUENCE WHAT YOU READ?
SHOULD RATINGS INFLUENCE WHAT WE DO AND DON’T PUT ON OUR TBRS?