Those pesky three star reviews

imageReally interesting blog here from Ishita on 3 star reviews! I don’t see a 3* rating as bad, for me it was an ok enjoyable read but not one I’d necessarily shout from the roof tops about and would donate rather than keep on the shelf.
I don’t use a rating system other than on Goodreads but I’m aware other bloggers do and sometimes I mention in my review what Goodreads rating I gave, and sometimes I don’t. It’s not always about the star rating.
What are your thoughts on 3* reviews?


  1. 24th October 2016 / 10:20 am

    I’m in agreement, that 3* is a compliment, the book is good but hasn’t knocked my socks off. I found faults but not so many I didn’t enjoy it. I still see it as a good book and when looking at reviews myself I wouldn’t interpret a 3* review in a negative manner. I see it as a really constructive rating.

    • 24th October 2016 / 5:28 pm

      Exactly – a 3* is an enjoyable read and should be construed positively.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 24th October 2016 / 3:17 pm

    3 stars I liked it, a but like with yourself it didn’t socks off but I did enjoy it. 3 stars is not a bad rating. I do use stars on my blog.


    • 24th October 2016 / 5:20 pm

      Well exactly, it’s a perfectly acceptable rating which I don’t think should be seen as a negative.
      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 24th October 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much for the reblog! I really appreciate it!
    I feel like it would be great if the rating descriptions on Amazon and Goodreads were consistent โ€ฆ I mean, in Amazon a 3 is โ€œOkayโ€ but in Goodreads it is โ€œI like itโ€ ..

    • 24th October 2016 / 5:18 pm

      You’re welcome, I thought it was a good discussion topic ๐Ÿ™‚
      That would be really helpful. Often I’ve had to change my rating on Amazon so that my overall feeling of the book matched my review and Goodreads.

  4. 24th October 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I’ve been contacted in the past from an author that I reviewed on GR as a 3* review saying if I liked it, why wasn’t it 4* …

    To be honest I don’t read many that are 3* (lately they’ve either been 4/5 or DNF with nothing in between). I don’t like rating anything (including the products I buy and the holidays I purchase) although of course I do understand that consumers are swayed by them.

    There’s always discussions about ratings and I don’t think there will ever be an answer that suits all …

    • 24th October 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Well yeah, I could see how that could be awkward. Did you respond or just leave it?
      And I think you’re right, everything has to be rated these days. I was only using M&S the other day and I got a pop up asking me to rate the website and I hadn’t even purchased anything!

      • 24th October 2016 / 9:33 pm

        I did respond and gave an explanation Lindsay. Not that I felt the author was owed an explanation but I did want to justify why. That’s my Libran ascendant needing to be fair ๐Ÿ™‚

        Those pop ups on websites are REALLY annoying. Just saying.

  5. 24th October 2016 / 8:40 pm

    I have the same opinion on 3-star rating, it’s an enjoyable book that I would not necessarily read again. Negative reviews start at 2 stars for me!

    • 24th October 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Mine too….though I’ve been fortunate to not have that many ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 25th October 2016 / 11:33 pm

    I agree about 3 stars still being a good rating. I mean, for me, a bad rating is DNF or anything below 2. Once you start hitting 2.5 and above, it means that there’s something there. Especially with 3 and 3.5-stars (which I seem to give a lot of), I feel that you’re saying ‘I thought it was good but not great’.

    • 31st October 2016 / 8:20 pm

      I think this is exactly the point we’re all trying to make!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your thoughts too ๐Ÿ™‚

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