My Goodreads Star Dilemma
The way it works: on this site, people give stars to books they've read , ratings which can work as recommendations or warnings for other readers of similar tastes.
One star means "didn't like it."
Two mean "it was okay."
Three equals "liked it."
Four is "really liked it."
Five: "it was amazing." (Which gives a whole new meaning to "gimme five.")
Simple enough if I'm comparing Coleridge, Keats, and Milton. But I hang out with writers, I critique other writers' books, I'm in a writing group with writers. These people are producing quite a few books and I like them all and want them all to do well.
Yet I'm not willing to go on record saying that every one is "amazing." Nor do I have whatever callousness or courage or moral fiber is required to make distinctions among my friends and clients' books. To say one is a like and one a really-like? Or that only three or six of them are amazing?
Tell me this: Which one of your children do you love the most? Who's the prettiest?
Here's what I've decided: they all get four stars from me. I "really like" each and every one of them. That is perfectly true. I hope no one's feelings are hurt by my not giving them five amazing stars instead.
But if I'm bringing down your average and you want me to take off my four stars, let me know and I'll hop right to it.
In a spirit of equity, I've given all my own books fours.
This is my chicken-hearted solution. I would welcome comments from others who have run up against this sort of sticky human relations problem.
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