When I finish reading a book, I usually spend a few minutes thinking about whether or not it was a good book. Recently as I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read with my Goodreads account, I’ve been pausing a bit on the rating section.
There’s nothing complicated about giving a book anywhere from one to five stars, but I notice that I’m thinking a bit more about how I give out the stars.
I think I’m torn in two different directions.
The first: Do I rate a book on how I felt as I was reading it? Meaning, I could not put the book down, it was all I could think about, and I raced through to a satisfying ending.
The second thought is do I say it’s a good book based on how what’s left after I’ve finished. Is there staying power where I remember the story and it continues to linger with me?
When I brought this up with Brian, he compared it to watching the latest Star Trek movie. He said something like, “I remember certain parts of the movie, like the scene with Kirk and Spock dying, but I can’t tell you anything about the movie’s plot. I enjoyed it, and thought it was a good and fun movie.”
For now I’ve decided to go with rating books based on how I felt as I was reading it. If I went based on the staying power of a book, then there would only be 2 or 3 books that would ever be rated by me!
Do you rate your books? If someone asks you for a book suggestion, what criteria are you basing it on?