Quicunquevult aka AJH wrote a very
long interesting post on reviewing. (Waves at AJH. 😉 ) It brought up something I hadn’t thought about in years — the use of ratings in book reviews.
I actually was very much against ratings when I first started reviewing, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth and I had to walk uphill both ways to get to my laptop and post on the net. I think it was when I started officially blogging that I got convinced that ratings were necessary, and when I started this blog
a thousand years a few days ago, I automatically instituted a rating system, going letter grades because I thought consistency with “Dear Author” would be less confusing for me. (I actually prefer the number/star system because it seems less like school and less shaming somehow. There’s a big difference between the sound of “two stars” and “a D” to me. Possibly there isn’t to an author.)
Anyway, it makes me wonder if I should go back to my old style and not use grades. They remind me of how I felt about a book and they’re useful for grouping reviews, but I think I mostly like them because they’re simple punctuation that means “this review is over.” I can say any old thing and then just. C