As an author, a published author since March 2011, I’ve had to curtail my obsession with the why questions, because sometimes I’m just not going to get any answers. I know that I’m one of the lucky ones – most of the reviews of Yesterday’s Tomorrow have been very positive. For that I’m eternally grateful. So is my husband. This has saved him years of therapy. Mine. All bills go to him. But you know, as reviews come in and I look at the four or three star reviews hiding in amongst the five star reviews
that I read over and over and over again, I just can’t help myself. I have to ask. “Why?”
What makes the difference between a four and five star review?
Okay, I know there are those that decry the whole star rating system. Bully for you. But This Is A Blog About Books (just incase you’re like me and walk into a room and forget where you are a minute later). What else do you want us to talk about if we don’t talk about books?
Seriously, I love to read. But I’m honest. If I don’t whizz through the pages, dying to get to the next one, read way after my bedtime, knowing I’m going to regret it in the morning, if I can’t stop thinking about the characters long after the last page is turned, that is a book that will remain with me. That is a book that gets five stars from me. Those are the kinds of books I love to read. The kinds of books I hope to write.
If I ‘enjoy’ the story, like the characters, happy with the outcome, but it just doesn’t have that same tug on my heart, you all know what I mean, I’ll give it a four. And then I start to get antsy. Threes, twos and – gasp – one star reviews just ain’t perty. Nobody likes getting them. Unfortunately, I do believe some people enjoy giving them.
I’ve read a lot of books. A lot of good books. Some bad books. If I see the writing on the wall within the first few chapters, i.e. the book sucks and I’m going to hate it no matter which way you slice it…I probably won’t finish it. I hate doing it, because I’m a writer too. I know that somebody out there put their heart and soul into that pile of paper, and maybe some people will love it. I just won’t be one of them. Do I write a review of those books? Sometimes. Sometimes not. Sometimes it’s just best to walk away and say nothing, know what I mean?
Okay, so I want to know – how do you decide what makes a ‘good book’, a five star ohmygoshyouhavetoreadthisrightnow book, and what’s just a ‘ho hum’, good writing so I’ll give it a four, book. Or I know the author and I don’t want to hurt her feelings so I’ll give it a four because I just can’t give it a five…(knowing the author of the book you’re rating is a tough one, isn’t it?)
So what makes the difference for you?
Speak to me…