I read a lot. Obviously. There needs to be a way to rate books on Amazon, Goodreads, etc for the half star ratings.
I say this because if I find a book better than a 4 star rating, but not deserving of a 5, I rate it 4.5 stars. Do I round up or round down? Rules of mathematics dictate that I round up. But should I really?
There is a big difference between a 3 star book and a 4 star book. A 3.5 star book shouldn't necessarily be classified as a 4 star, but it doesn't necessarily deserve the 3 star rating either.
Do I need to change my criteria in rating a book? True 95% of what I will read will be a 4 star book. I recently finished one book, Rules of Murder, that is actually a 4.5 star rating. I've not posted the review here on my blog, Amazon, or Goodreads yet, because of my dilemma of trying to decide to round down to 4 stars or up to 5.
A recent one I read, The Invention of Sarah Cummings, while it's a solid 3.5 star rating, I didn't have a problem rounding down to 3 stars for it because of how the main character annoyed me to no end.
I find myself more and more frequently rounding DOWN to establish the difference between what I consider a 5 star rating and a 4 star rating. Or the difference between a 3 star and 4 star rating.
There have been a couple I've finished on Goodreads in the past week or so, that while good, aren't truly spectacular. And one of them was even by one of my all time favorite authors!
I really wish that Amazon & Goodreads would institute half ratings. My world would be much happier.
So I ask you, my reader friends, how do you solve this dilemma I find myself in?