So, I’m thinking about changing things up a tad here at the Book Swarm by dropping the book ratings. I haven’t come to a final decision about it yet but I’m kicking it around and would love to hear what you think about ratings.
Right now, my reviewers and I give each book we read a grade. This is because my reviewers are students and used to grades, so it works for them. It’s familiar territory and, since part of the reason I started this blog was to introduce teens to some of the awesome books out there, that’s why the grades are there, up at the top of each review.
One of the reasons I’m thinking of dropping the grades is because I’d like for this to be more of a discussion about books, rather than a “This is Good” or “This is Not Good” review kind of thing. I would love for it to be more open, to encourage comments… actually, not just comments but a dialogue, like you’d have at a book club. Snacks and drinks optional (but, in my mind, necessary).
Another reason I’m thinking about it is because, well, even with the books that I don’t love have something I usually *like*. Does that make sense? For example, I didn’t like THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter, which is coming out the end of April. (You can check out my full review on GoodReads here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/156879299) But even though I didn’t like what she did with mythology and the gods and goddesses, I loved the idea of it and am curious to see what she does in the next novel. This would be a prime example of a book that could inspire an interesting discussion. I’ve already read some of the wildly opposing views on GoodReads — while a ton of people love it, there are a bunch who don’t like it and everyone has a good reason why they feel the way they do.
I started this blog to talk about books. So, I’m looking for your opinions: Will removing the grades and treating the reviews more like book discussions help promote a back-and-forth commentary or not? Do you like ratings or do you care? I look forward to our discussion! 🙂
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