Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger (9) 3 Star Reviews
We all know what goes on behind the scenes at our own blogs but rarely do we lift the curtain and share those experiences with others. Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger stems from the curiosity. This week I want to talk about 3 Star Reviews.
Here is my Confession:
Earlier this week I was reading a conversation on Twitter regarding 3 Star Reviews. I didn't follow it closely but the consensus was some people thought a 3 Star Review meant the book received a negative rating. I found this completely odd since for me 3 Stars means I liked it but the book didn't particularly wow me. 3 Stars for me is middle of the road. The book isn't great nor is it bad, it is just good.
Personally, I find 3 Star reviews are the hardest to write. In fact I probably spend double the amount of time writing them then books I love or hate. Why you ask? Well it's simple. When I love a book it is easy to pin point specific details that wow me. This might be the story, characters, world building or a combination of all three. On the flip side when I hate a book it is easy to say x,y and z are why I didn't like said book, and this is why I am rating it this way.
The problem I have is when the book is middle of the road. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to just write meh or it was good and leave it at that. Course that wouldn't be very entertaining to read now would it? I always feel that when I rate a book 3 Stars I have to have a disclaimer somewhere within the review saying this book isn't bad, it is just not really memorable. Good, but not great. I never want a potential reader to think just because I give the book in question 3 Stars it means I don't recommend they read it. However, on the rare occasion that I have rated a book 3 Stars and not recommended it I have always stated my reason why clearly within the review.
I suppose what this weeks confession comes down to is I can see in some small way why a reviewer not loving or hating a book could lead to some people thinking a 3 Star review is negative
I guess what I am mainly trying to say is that just because a book is 3 Stars doesn't mean an Author has failed to impress their audience. Average no matter which way one looks at it doesn't mean bad, least in this readers/reviewers world anyway.
Now that you've read my confession, Tell me some of yours:
What do you think of 3 Star Reviews?
Do you see them as negative, positive or a mixture of both?
Have you ever been criticized for rating a book 3 stars?
Leave your responses in the comments below, I love reading them. Have a question? Leave that as well and I'll try and answer it.
_________________________________________That about wraps up this weeks confessions from a blogger. Thanks for stopping by and reading,sharing, or commenting on this post. As always, it is appreciated.