If you are following me on Goodreads, you probably noticed that my average rating is 3.78 which means that I usually rate the books I have read with three stars. Okay, now you can say two things: a three-star rating is a good rating, or it’s an okay rating (with its negative meaning). For me a three-star rating is quite good one and I don’t find it bad at all. If I don’t like a book at all, then I will give it one or two stars. Three stars means that the book is good, but there are some things that I would change. Now, let me elaborate on this:
― I will give three stars to a book that has slow and boring plot, but its characters are well-developed. That book can be so boring, but the characters are the ones that make it interesting.
― If it takes a lot of time to get into the book, then I will probably give it three stars. For me it’s very important to find the beginning of the book interesting. Many authors tend to write powerful endings, but in my opinion beginnings are also important. Nobody wants to read 150 boring pages, trust me. It’s such a waste of time.
― I will give three stars to a book that doesn’t make me feel anything. I think this is the worst kind of feeling. The book can make you happy or sad or angry, or anything! But when you don’t have any thoughts on that book – then it’s a huge problem. What’s interesting here is that some authors feel relief when their reviewers say they don’t feel anything about the book. Trust me, not liking your book is still better than not having feelings at all.
― Giving three stars to the book also means that I liked the plot, but I’ve already read something like that. Basically, it’s nothing new.
In other words, a three-star rating is a neutral one and it’s good that something like this exists. There are some books that will make you rate them a three-star read, not because they are good or bad, but because you don’t have anything else to say about them.
What does a three-star rating mean for you?