When I first started my blog in March 2014. I didn’t use a rating scale. To really know what I thought about a book you needed to read my review. But on other book blogs and review sites I saw that a lot of book bloggers and reviewers did use rating scales. So from January 2015 I decided to start using my own rating scale. And now I use my rating scale for all my reviews.
This is the rating scale I use:
I like to add rating scales to books I really really loved. I mean come on.. a 5 star rating looks great!! But when I liked a book but didn’t 'love' it, and I give if it a 3 star rating for example, I’m a little afraid people think the book wasn’t good at all.
The other problem I have with using rating scales is that when you use other rating scales like for example on Goodreads and Amazon, they use different criteria. I always need to give a book a star more on Amazon because I think their criteria for three star books is very different to my own rating criteria.