The longer I write reviews, the more confounded I am by star ratings. When I started rating books, it never occurred to me that different people would interpret them to mean different things. It’s pretty universal that 5 star books are books we really love. And 1 star books are the worst of the worst. But the discrepancies come with the numbers in between, especially that intangible 3-star review.
If I gave a book 3 stars, I thought it was meh… alright… fair… so-so… a “C.” Yet other people have told me that for them, a 3-star rating means the book was good, that they liked it. I guess it’s all semantics, but I’m seriously considering moving to a grade rating system for many reasons. One, I’ll get more nuances in ratings with +/- options. And two, maybe if I throw a “C” up on a book I thought was so-so, it will be clearer. Or maybe not. Undoubtedly, someone will pop up and say “I think C’s are good.”
But I’d like to get your thoughts on it before I make a change. Are you guys down with letter grades to rate books? Would it make things clearer? Do you care?