Hello tiny people inside the internet! I need some advice.
I’ve read a lot of books recently that have been very, very brilliant… in the last 25%, and a solid 3 or 4 stars for the rest. So what do I rate it? Or, I have no faults with the book, but it still doesn’t feel like one of the best things I’ve ever read. Which I feel is what a five star review means? I want a way of differentiating between god tier 5 star books, and books that I don’t want to demote to 4 stars but aren’t my all time favourites.
And that’s where the cursed 4.5 stars comes in! Ahhh it just feels so oddly specific? I like Goodread’s 5 star point system because it feels quite simple. But when you start breaking it into .5 and .25 even (I’ve seen it before!), everything gets very complicated. I think different ratings have different meanings for different people – some are more lenient with star ratings and others are quick to class a book low. What does five stars mean to you? What are your opinions on 4.5 stars? And, most importantly tiny people inside the internet, what do you rate a book that’s not consistent throughout? Let me know in the comments!