Random Rantings: Blog Rating vs. Goodreads Rating

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I’ve seen people talk about this topic before, so don’t roll your eyes and whisper “this is nothing new” at the computer.  I am fully aware.  BUT… I have major issues with this and I’m not sure I follow the same method every time I have to choose how many stars to highlight on Goodreads!  It drives me insane.  I go back and forth with which rating on Goodreads equals my rating on the blog.  If I really enjoy a book, but it isn’t quite a new favorite, I usually give it 3 or 4 stars, but 3 seems so much less than 4, which implies I didn’t REALLY like it, when in reality, I did!  I feel like it might cause a reader to interpret my rating for less or more than it actually is.

On the blog, a really good book is top shelf, which in my head is about 4 stars on Goodreads, but 4 stars on Goodreads means, “I really liked it.”  Do you know how many books I really liked after finishing them?  A LOT!  Then there is 5 stars, “It was amazing.”  This is what I’d assume to equal my Firebox rating, but at the same time… I feel like some books are better than just “really liked it”, but not quite “Firebox” — hence, my top shelf.  For example – Slated or Something Like Normal.  I loved both of those books.  I way more than “really liked them”, but I wouldn’t put them in my Firebox!  So what does that mean?  I probably rated them a 4 on Goodreads, but what about a book like Altered?  I REALLY LIKED THAT BOOK, but…. not as much as Slated or Something Like Normal, so I gave it 3 stars.  That makes the book look average when it was really well above average!  See the drama?

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REVIEW: No Limits by Lori Foster

 
  Title & Author: No Limits by Lori Foster
  Series: Ultimate #1
  Publisher: Harlequin HQN, 432 pages
  Release Date: August 26, 2014 (paperback)
  Genre: Romance (Adult)
  Source: Publisher (BEA 2014)
 
  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Lori Foster

 SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book —  see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)

Hot MMA fighters all over the place.  I’m talking SMOKIN’ HOT!  There is this girl who has all kinds of family and emotional issues who was never able to really get it on with a guy because of this.  When she meets MMA boy, let’s just say she doesn’t have this problem anymore.  You should read this book.  All the cool people are reading it like Katie McGarry and JK Rowling*.  DO IT!  *This may or may not be true, but Katie McGarry really is reading it.  Betty told me.

 

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REVIEW: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 
  Title & Author: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  Series: Lux #5
  Publisher: Entangled Teen, 534 pages
  Release Date: August 5, 2014 (paperback)
  Genre: Paranormal
  Source: purchased
 
  Amazon  |   Goodreads  | Jennifer L. Armentrout

 SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book —  see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)

 My wife has a thing for aliens.  I blame these books.  She never used to feel this way.  At least she never described an alien as HOT before.  There are buttloads of aliens in this book.  Some are good, some are bad, some are REALLY BAD.  Read it to see which ones survive!  I hope it isn’t the hot ones.  I’m sick of competing with aliens.

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REVIEW: Storm Siren by Mary Weber


 Author:
 Mary Weber
 Series: Storm Siren #1
 Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 320 pages
 Release Date: August 19, 2014
 Genre: Fantasy
 Source: Wunderkind PR (thank you!)
 
 Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Mary Weber

 SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book —  see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)

This girl can control storms!  (As if you couldn’t tell by looking at the cover.)  She becomes enslaved by a wicked witch and is turned into an assassin.  Betty wasn’t overly obsessed with the hot boys in this book, which worries me, so read at your own risk!!

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