Welcome back to my weekly Sunday discussion! This week’s topic is one that I think many people haven’t thought of before, so I’ve decided to bring it up to see what people think about it 🙂
Goodreads is quite a glorious tool. You can track what books you’ve read and when, add books to your TBR, and sort them onto shelves to your heart’s content. As I’ve recently learned, it also keeps track of how you rate the books you read and tells you your average rating. I didn’t think much of it, until I saw a conversation about it pop up on my twitter feed (this is literally how I get all my ideas for discussions, it seems).
My question is, would you judge someone based off of their average rating?
For example, I’ve read 247 books so far on goodreads and my average rating is currently at 3.80. I think that’s pretty high, considering how many books I’ve read. I was a little surprised when I realized how close to 4 stars it was. Do I really rate books that high?
Let’s break it down even more. Here are all the books I’ve read, broken down into categories with percentages.
As you can see, I give nearly half the books I read 4 stars. Now that I see the numbers, it baffles me (granted, a lot of books are from like when I was 12, and my reading tastes have definitely changed since then). Am I really that generous when it comes to rating books? A lot of the books I rate 4-5 stars are books in series that I love, so it’s not necessarily that I love a lot of books, it’s more like I love a couple series, which happen to have a lot of books in them.
My question for you is this: would a person’s average rating affect if you follow them or trust their reviews?
For example, lets say someone had a really high average rating, of 4+. Would you assume that they’re too easy on books and aren’t critical enough? Or would you assume that they only read books that they like, and DNF books they don’t like? What if someone had a rating of 3 or below? Would you assume that they are too hard on books, or that they just happen to read a heck of a lot of bad books?
I haven’t noticed this before, but now that I know this exists, I guess I’m more aware of it. I find it more interesting than informative, but that’s just me. I know some people also have different tastes; some people like to read good books only, so they might prefer to follow someone who has a higher average. Or maybe someone who doesn’t want to waste their time on a bad book might follow the person with a lower average. The goodreads average could be a good tool to gauge what kind of reviewer the person is, and that could help a blogger potentially connect with more people who would be more interactive with their reviews.
The title might imply that “judge” has a negative connotation, but I don’t mean it in that sense (of course, if you do, that’s okay!). I’m curious though–what do you think? Do you judge people on their average rating, or have you never noticed it before but are aware of it now? Or do you not even care about it?
Of course, a simple average rating has no saying on how good a blogger is at reviewing. For me, as long as I enjoy their reviews and learn something about the book, they’ll earn a new follower 🙂
Do you judge people based on their average rating? Were you unaware of it before, but conscious of it now? Would you be more likely to follow someone with a high or low average? Let me know in the comments below!