It’s a debate chirping through Twitter, winding through the blogosphere, tossing back and forth in my mind every review I write or read. Should I, should I not? Its a tough question.
To use a numerical rating system, or not to use one. That is the question.
The answer is a complex one, dear friends. No, its not really complex, but I just wanted to say that. I will even pause here for laughter to commence.
I will no longer assign a book a number. All books were not created equal. All books cannot be judged with the numbers one, two, three, four, or five. Plot matters, characters matter, the story matters. Numbers are not enough to describe that. Numbers are numbers. Words are words. There’s a difference. So from now on, I will be using a rating system that uses words, not numbers.
Sometimes the words will be one, sometimes they will be many. If you want an example, my rating for CROSSED: Disappointed. My rating for ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD: Loved.
Loved, Liked, Disappointed. Those will be my new rating system. As you can tell, those three words will never be enough to describe a book. Loved will never be enough to tell you how I felt about ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY (both of which I loved in different ways). For that reason, I write reviews. Read the review for more information. Glance at the rating for an idea of what to expect.
How about you? Have you leaped onto the no-numerical-rating-system bandwagon? Or are you staying true to the numbers?