Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bookish Things That Irk Me (3)

This is where I post about random little, random bookish things that don't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but really get under my skin at times. This time, this irks me:

Goodreads lacking the option to tack on half stars when rating a book. 

Don't get me wrong, I love Goodreads. I still remember the day I discovered the amazing book community, and rejoiced at the prospect of meeting new online friends that shared my passion of reading. So far, I've managed to talk to a lot of interesting people and even with the drama that goes at at times, as a whole, Goodreads is my favorite place to hang out on the world wide web.

I've had my account since September of 2010, and honestly it doesn't seem like the overall layout of the site has changed much, besides the addition of those obnoxious green boxes (though there might be some major ones in the future, what with Amazon buying Goodreads and everything.).

Really, though, if I could change just one thing, I would add half stars. I hate having to decide whether to round up or down on GR. It's hard enough to rate a book, period! Just because I've rated two books 3.5 stars and one was rounded up to 4 and the other down to 3 doesn't necessarily mean the one with 3 is worse than the one with 4.

For the most part, I like GR's star system (1 star - I didn't like it, 2 stars - it was okay, 3 stars - I liked it, 4 stars - I really liked it, 5 stars - it was amazing) but every book is different and sometimes they just don't fit into any exact category, so you have to give it a little more or a little less than usual. Just read two books, and you loved them both, but one was just a little more enthralling than the other? 4.5 and 5 stars! Bam, done.

It's just one of those things I really hope happens in the future, but for now, I'll deal with the annoyingly solid ratings.


  1. I would really like that to happen also. Otherwise I love goodreads.

  2. Totally agree! I really wish you could rate individual books in anthologies as well. I've read some with three totally separate books and you can only rate the collection as a whole. What about the novellas you read in an anthology that have never been published separately? Sometimes I only read the one because it is part of a series I follow but I have to rate the entire book.

  3. Yeah, that would be a good idea, too. I'm hoping the Amazon makes some GR changes for the better, but we'll see.

  4. I'd like half stars too. I tend to round up if I'd reread the book and down if I wouldn't.