Of the 12 books I read in April, I rated 7 of them 3 stars. In addition, the audiobook that I listened to for much of April and finally finished this week was also a 3 star book for me.
I can sometimes feel like I'm in a rut when so many books turn out to be 3 stars, but someone said something interesting on my blog lately.
In the comments for my review of Imaginary Things, Stacy @ The Novel Life wrote:
"Sometimes it's just nice to read a book we can escape into...without expecting fireworks or that rush of adrenaline that comes with reading a thriller at break-neck speed."
That comment made me stop and think. I often consider a 3 star rating a disappointment. I'm bummed I didn't like the book more. I'm sad that it's not one I can recommend highly to other readers. I won't likely want to feature the book in an upcoming Top Ten Tuesday post or some other meme or tag.
But Stacy is right. I did enjoy reading the book while I was reading it. It's not a complete waste. It was still entertaining to me at the time. Or it may be a great book for someone else. And if I write my review right, then it could still inspire someone else to read the book if it might be a better fit for them.
How do you feel about 3 star reads? Are you often disappointed when a book turns out to only earn 3 stars? What do you do when someone else rates a book as 3 stars? Do you still the review? Will you still consider reading the book?
I know I am hesitant to add books to my TBR list if someone rates them below 4 stars, mainly because there are so many books out there. I try to save my time for books I'm going to love.
Am I just a book snob? :)
On the blog last year...
I'll do anything for a little time ALONE