If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you probably know I used to post discussions every Sunday. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a Sunday discussion, but never fear, I have returned to my old habits! And with a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
So, I recently read The Kiss of Deception (I just posted my review yesterday if you want to know my thoughts on it!). There were a handful of things I didn’t like about it–the plot lagged in some places, the romance was a bit instalove-y, etc. But you know what? I loved the book. As soon as I finished it, I got my hands on the sequel and I’m already 50 pages into it.
That book got me thinking. While I didn’t enjoy some technicalities of the book, the story itself gripped me and I enjoyed it more than I’ve enjoyed books that I’ve given higher ratings. It’s not going to go on my favorite book shelf, but I liked it enough to immediately get the sequel. I’d recommend it to other people, too!
I guess when it comes to rating books, I favor technicalities over enjoyment. When I’m rating a book, I take enjoyment into account, but it doesn’t mean everything to me. For example, The Kiss of Deception would have gotten 5 stars if I rated it solely on enjoyment, but I only gave it 4 stars because I had some issues with the writing itself.
But I know some people might do it the opposite way. Maybe they overlook the technical things and just rate the book based on enjoyment. I can see how people would prefer to do it either way, and I would trust a blogger’s opinions no matter which way they choose to rate their books.
For me, I’d say 75% of the rating comes from technicality, and 25% comes from my enjoyment levels. I’m more likely to bump up a review after the fact based on my enjoyment level. For example, I originally wanted to give The Girl From Everywhere 3.5 stars, but after a few days I realized I really liked parts of the book, so I bumped it up to 4 stars.
Technicality plays a bigger part in the actual rating of the book, but enjoyment is what decides if a book goes on my favorites shelf.
Here are a few books that I really enjoyed, but didn’t get 5 stars because of technicality issues (I still recommend them!)
- Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa