I have a guilty secret.
I don't always rate the books I read. Even if I really love them. Chalk it up to laziness, busyness, and/or confusion. Between Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, etc the options are overwhelming.
Why is this a confession? A guilty secret? I feel like a fraud. I encourage my friends to rate the books they read. I like knowing what others thought about a particular book. I rely on others opinions. I often ask for recommendations. Occasionally I ask my readers to rate they books they read because just like my friends, I value my readers opinions.
Why does it matter? Maybe it doesn't to everyone. I asked a handful of readers if they notice a book's rating before they buy. Most said no. Several said occasionally they'll consult the ratings.
I must not be able to help myself. When I shop on Amazon I always look at the rating. It's a reflex I guess. If it's an author or company I'm not familiar with those rankings impact my first impression. If I'm really curious I'll look at reviews.
So this year, I'm making more of an effort to pick a site (Goodreads) and rate the books I read. Perhaps my ratings will help other readers make an informed decision.
Do ratings matter to you?
Selena Blake writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, her series Stormy Weather has been on the best seller lists and nominated for awards. A gypsy at heart, Selena combines her love of travel and learning to create memorable characters and enchanting settings.
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