Hi guys, welcome! It has been quite some time since I last posted a discussion. I have had this idea for discussion for quite sometime but I was just not getting any time to actually sit down and write my thoughts about it. But finally I have got time so here it is. Today’s topic of discussion is DO YOU INCLUDE RATING IN YOUR REVIEWS? I personally always add ratings to my reviews and most bloggers do add ratings but there are a significant portion of bloggers who don’t include ratings.
I feel that ratings are an important part of a review because it shows the overall impression of the book. For example, for me when I give a book 4 stars and above that means I really enjoyed that book. Enjoying a book doesn’t mean that the book was free of flaws but it means it might have flaws but those flaws were not that significant that it made me not like the book. Sometimes after reading the cons, people don’t always realise how severe they are. Like if I rated a book below 3 stars then the cons are SEVERE. That means the cons were bad enough to hinder with my enjoyment of the book. What I am saying is that I can list same no. of cons for two books, but I can give one book 4 and another one 3, it all depends on the severity of the cons. And I think for my reviews my ratings are a sure short way to know how much I liked a book.
So personally I don’t understand why someone chooses not include a rating, because I feel they are an integral part of a review, they are a kind of mini review inside a review and they give an overall idea about what the reviewer thought about a book.
Now lets talk. Do you include ratings in your review? If you do include, then why do you do it? And If you don’t include ratings, then why do you not?