Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time dissecting my reading tastes and paying a lot of attention to my Goodreads page and my general reading tastes and I discovered that my avergae rating on Goodreads (which I’ve actively been on since 2015) is 3.52 (interestingly my average rating has gone down since I outlined this post last week – it was 3.53).
So, my average rating on Goodreads is 3.52 and I’ve always said that I think 3 stars is a solid rating for a book, and maybe that’s why I give out so many 3 star average ratings I honestly don’t know. But, I’ve been noticing lately that while I read a lot of books and I read relatively broadly from middle grade to adult and in different genres within those age groups. soo many of the books I read, while I like them and would recommend them, are usually 3 stars or somewhere within that 3 star range.
So yeah, today I’m sort of rambling on about how I think I’m losing faith, or maybe confidence is a better word? in my reading tastes. and how I’m reading a lot of books and while I’m liking most of them, I’m not loving them and it’s sort of bringing me down? Like, I just want to be loving books again! I don’t want to change how I read or the quanity or where or when or even what because I genuinely love the groove I’ve gotten into. I just want to understand how to get myself to stop pikcing up average books!
I can’t remember the last 5 star book I read becuase, while I’ve read over 100 books this year, I’ve only rated 2 or 3 books a 4 or 4.5 and I think I’ve only rated 2 graphic novels 5 stars out of the 103 books I’ve read this year. And honestly, I have never had a problem with rating a book 3 stars because that means I still liked it whereas a 1 or 2 means it was either awful (in my eyes) or super problematic. But a 4 is reserved for something I thought was amazing and such a good read and a 5 is like, stella, would read again highly recommend heart for eyes kind of thing.
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve become a more critical reader over the years or if I’m just losing touch with my taste in books. For example, just a couple of years ago I would have rated the first Harry Potter 5 stars but now I give it a 3 and I love that. I love that I’ve become more aware of the way I’m reading and what I’m reading but I just wish I was picking up more 5 star reads. I know I said this before, but I honestly miss the feeling of reading a new story and just loving it. I recently buddy read the Check, Please duology with Destiny and I rated both volumes 5 stars because I had so much fun reading them and I loved all the charcaters and it just genuinely made me so happy to be in the world for a little while with the characters and I want to get back to that feeling.
I love how I read and I don’t want to change that and I wouldn’t take back any of the books I’ve been reading either, I just wish I understood better how to pick ’em! I feel like so often lately I’ve had the option to pick book a or book b and I’ve inevitabely been picking a 3 star out of my choices. Sorry about this rambly discussion guys, I guess I just had to get my frustrations out and self-iso is really enabling my bad moods! 😅 So, I guess my point is this; how do you pick your 5 star reads? Is it all guess work? Are you able to correctly predict a 5 star read? What’s your average rating on goodreads?
WHAT’S YOUR AVERAGE BOOK RATING?
DO YOU LIKE HOW YOU RATE & READ BOOKS?