So this might be completely my impression but a little while ago I was submitting some feedback on Netgalley and it was a 3 Star review. When I saved the edits I noticed that 3 Stars = “Maybe”.
Bit of backstory, my kindle fried (the connection port fused and melted) a few months ago so I’ve not been doing much eGalley reviews. For all I know this rating has been there for ages and I just didn’t see but it just made me pause.
Because 3 Stars for me isn’t a “maybe” book – it’s a good book. A book I’ve enjoyed. There are plenty of 3* books I recommend to other people and/or re-read.
It’s not just the Netgalley rating, that is just the latest instance. There’s been other stuff online. Also each review website has its own definition for what 3 Stars are: Amazon thinks 3 Stars means “it’s ok” while Goodreads says “liked it”.
I’ve been quite happily dishing out 3 Star reviews on books I’ve enjoyed. Now I’m wondering if others look at these reviews and skip to another book based purely on the 3 Star rating?
I still think 3 Star reviews are good books but…
- What do 3 Star Reviews mean to you?
- Do the number of stars influence your decision about reading a book or is it more about the content of the review?
Let me know in the comments. 🙂
EDIT: I wrote this post prior to going on holiday & before the thing (you know the event I mean) so now I’m even more muddled.