I have never been a fan of star rating systems. How can you rate a lovely romance novel, the same number of stars as War and Peace? Sure, you loved both, but in my mind the 5 star rating should be used far less often than it is. I would have to reserve the highest rating for the absolute best books I have read, ever. I hate having to rate books on Library Thing or Amazon, with the star rating. Sure I may have really liked a book, but it isn't the best book ever, so how can I rate it a 5? I understand that the genres are different, but before I give a 5 star rating, it would have to be really, really, really,really. really good. And yet, I feel guilty if I liked it a lot and rate it a 2 or 3. It may be good but is it great?
My question is ....to rate or not to rate? Do you use a rating system? How do you decide if a fluffy dog story is as good as a classic ? Does a good Dan Brown tale rate as high as a Victor Hugo?
I don't think I will ever use a star rating, I will continue to write from the heart and the gut. I will continue to make my suggestions, and let you know how I felt as I read, and what I think of the story. I don't want to get into too much detail and ruin the story, nor do I want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. (there are some blogs that make me feel really stupid) Let me know what you think!