Reviews. We all write them, good or bad, rain or shine, sick or.....okay maybe not when we are sick. But the point is as a book blogger that is sort of what we do, we write reviews and help spread the word about books, why we loved them, why we disliked them or why we just thought the book was meh! We as bloggers are a naturally sharing community and we all want to support authors and just one way we can do that is by writing reviews.
But today I don't want to talk about just any reviews, oh no, today I want to talk about the dreaded 3 Rated Review!!! Ahhhh *pulls hair* yeah that review.
I don't know about you, but when it comes to a book that I liked, but did not love I find writing the review is extra hard. I will sit and agonize over just the right way to express the fact that though I did not love the book, I did like the book.
As a reviewer and reader, I feel that there is a lot of negative connotation when it comes to giving a book a 3. Many people think that because a book is rated a 3 then it isn't worth the read.
And for me that just isn't so. To me a 3 says, that there were both good elements and bad elements about the book. And I don't know about you, but for me the good usually out weighs the bad, otherwise I would have given it a 2. But now I wonder, should I have given the book a 3.5 to convey that the good outweighs the bad or is a 3.5 too high? Ugh!
And don't even get me started over my decision process for how to decide to give a book a 3! We could be here for hours!
This is my agony! For me writing a review for a book I either loved or strongly disliked is far easier than explaining why I liked and disliked a book. These 3 rated reviews are the dreaded reviews, the reviews I bite my nails over.
So what do you think a Rating of 3 means? Do you have a hard time reviewing books that you give a 3? What makes you give a book a 3? And do you read books that have been given a 3?