When I did my last post, there were many requests about the second part.
Here you go!!! I hope it lives up to everything!! I’m super excited about this – it’s shorter than my recent posts have been but that’s okay!! Not everything has to be 1.5k Rhi!!!
As a side note, I hope everyone who is celebrating is having a wonderful Pride month so far – and don’t worry, I have many more queer posts planned.
Most of the month in fact.
Here is part one if you haven’t yet read it (the shameless self promo!!! it’s relevant though???) and yeah, let’s do this. (also since i wrote this in like… the middle of may, i haven’t *tried* to copy anyone with this, but i have seen a couple of posts since then and i really just want to yell that i!! haven’t!! copied!! it’s!! just!! bad!! timing!!)
For a book to get 5 stars it has to be named a favourite of mine. Simple as that. A book can have gorgeous prose and the best plot yet I won’t give it 5 stars because I hated something about it – like the characters, for example. It will probably be the characters.
I also feel like sometimes I’ll call a book 5 stars (because I’m too kind!!) and then if I think about it later I’m baffled at why I chose that?? I know that Tell Me How You Really Feel originally got 5 stars but thinking back… it was probably only 4.5 (for reasons I go into later! Same with Hot Dog Girl (I’m sorry what was I even THINKING with that rating!?!?!?!), The Fever King (4.5 stars probably), I’m going to stop exposing myself now!!
The example I’m using is, for the last time (i promise i’m sorry i need to stop talking about this someone help meeeeee), The King’s Men. 10/10 the writing was messy (although i picked up on that less because i binged the ebook and the other parts i was listening to audio) parts were VERY problematic and unrealistic, people complain about the sport being flawed (could not care less about that – i’m not a sporty person and exy is the closest i’ll get??), but you want to know why I gave it 5 stars? (even though it was the WORST DECISION of 2020 why did i do that again remind me someone pLEASE)
I care so much about the characters. That’s literally it. I don’t care about Exy. I could not care less how much of the sport is realistic and how much is over done. All I care about is my Foxes!!! I care so much I put away all rational thoughts to rate it!!! (this may be the last time i mention it on my blog…. maybe… hopefully… probably not.)
4.5 for me gets used quite a lot?? I use it for books that I love, but that aren’t sitting on my favourites shelf. I gave books like Call Down The Hawk this – because while I loved so many things about it – the intricacies of the plot, the character development, and the gay content (isn’t that the reason i read everything though? calling myself out here but honestly? iT iS) – it just wasn’t enough for me to drop everything and be obsessed. Maybe for this book it’s because I was already invested in the Lynch brothers, but that’s usually why it doesn’t get five stars.
4 stars is a common rating for me – it’s a default, I loved it, but it wasn’t super special. If I enjoyed it and can’t see any major flaws – 4 stars. I rated books like King of Scars four stars – it was good, the plot was enough to keep me going (until the end with that THING we were ripped off Ms Bardugo!!), I got invested in the characters – it just wasn’t amazing.
3.5 I used to use a lot but I’ve been abandoning it in favour of 4/3 (normally four, I’m much less critical than others!!). It’s my ‘I liked it, but there’s nothing interesting here’ If there were some nice characters, a not super predictable story line, and some good vibes, I go for a 3.5 🙂 An example of a 3.5 from last year is A Curse So Dark And Lonely – I enjoyed it for sure, but it wasn’t a standout or anything.
3 is for books that are pretty meh, but have one amazing thing going for it?? Or for books I enjoyed but had a really big problem, issue, or something I just wasn’t comfortable with. It’s usually for books like Don’t Read the Comments – which was pretty good, but I kinda hated it for reasons I don’t want to get into!!!
Most of the time four stars are for books I enjoyed – default rating – and three stars is the default for books that I liked. There’s a difference in my mind?? One is better than the other???
I don’t think I’ve EVER used 2.5 as a rating?? As it gets lower I become sloppy and I care much less about trying to find the right spot for a book. I guess this would be for books that had a lot of problems but I still enjoyed…… but by that logic, The Foxhole Court should have gotten 2.5 and we know how that turned out!!! 4.5 stars honey!!!
2 stars would be just ‘fjkjkdj this was a bit of a mess don’t really know what was happening’ but hey, it was a little fun? Once again I can’t actually think of books I’ve rated this low…. I think after 3 stars I just give up and give it one star because I hated it – even if I didn’t. I care more about the right rating for books I actually enjoyed rather than books I only felt meh about…… or books I hated with a burning passion. I don’t tend to dislike that many – which is good!! (thinking about it maybe it’s because other people have loved them so i feel pressure to love them oh no i hope that’s not it)
Speaking of books I hated with a burning passion, I’ve only rated one book 1 star so far this year, and it was The Memory Book. Yes, it was *that* bad. (I’ve already ranted about this enough and like,,, let’s not go into it again.)
One star is usually for a book that was just a mess? I hated the characters, the plot line, the ending, the beginning, the whole book. 1.5 means it was marginally better….. marginally.
I also think I rate books quite highly because I’m good at knowing what I want. I get recommendations from you guys, mainly, and then others I see positive reviews from – so I pick it up. I’m more selective than I used to be, and so that helps??
I also reread a LOT so my average rating…. is high. I love rereading so much even though it puts me in a slump for a while (fUN tiMES) because I crave the comfort??? And the pain of sad books?? And the laughter??
rhi rhi rhi shut up up up you’re rambling!!! this is so off topic how do i get back on topic maybe i’ll just end the post here okay byeeee y’all
was this an okay part two?? how do YOU rate books? do you have any recommendations that might be five stars for me?
also i’m SO happy i made this a separate post because this one is hitting 1.3k… it could have been 3000 words in total… now i get more content out of it AND you aren’t overwhelmed!! also does anyone else hate in the new editor how you can’t see word count?? THATS HOW I WORK MY POSTS ahgkjsh