Am I just growing as a reader? Or have I suddenly becoming a harsher critic for another reason? Has my rating scale changed?
I think the answer to that last question is yes. I used to give out four stars to any book that I enjoyed but didn't wow me. Now, I give out three stars for that. A four star book for me is now a book that I have not only enjoyed, but stood out from the crowd in certain ways. Maybe the book is more diverse, or it exceeded my expectations by having less YA cliches. A five star book? Well, that's practically impossible now. Not only do I have to thoroughly enjoy myself, I expect some character development and a plot that I have practically no flaws with.
You can see the way I've become harsher in my rating on my goodreads page. Last year, I had 25 books that made in on my 2015 favorites shelf. I have a mere two books on my 2016 favorites shelf right now. Maybe I just haven't been picking up the right books, but I don't think that is it. Looking book at some of my 'favorites' last year, I've seen books that I don't remember that well and didn't leave a lasting impact on me. If the book didn't do that for me, then I don't think it should be under 'favorite' shelf.
Looking at my stats this year, I have rated half of the books I've read (18/36, for all you math people) three stars or less. Only 42/123 books I read last year have a rating of three stars or less. That is 34 percent of my reading, or around 1 out of every 3 books. Now, one out of every two books I read will get a rating of three stars or less.
But I am NOT having a bad reading year. I've enjoyed both of my latest reads, even though they each only received 3 stars. Just because something got three stars doesn't make it bad, it just means the book was good, not great.
So I am going to go with this: I am growing as a reader, and with that I am not only becoming a harsher critic, but my rating scale is going to change along with me. Just because I gave something four stars a year ago doesn't necessarily mean that I would give it the same rating now. I am happy with what I am reading, even if it doesn't necessarily look that way with statistics.
What about you guys? Has your rating system ever changed?
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Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!