We all rate our books differently. So my question for you is:
Are you a Calculator or a Feeler?
The calculators. These are the people who carefully consider each rating before giving it. They really break the book down and look at the pros and cons.
Calculators are more likely to have “report card” type ratings, or do their ratings by sections. They might break the book down according to plot, characters, writing, pacing, and cover; give each section an individual rating; and then average out all the ratings to give one overall rating.
This is, arguably, the more accurate way to rate a book. We can easily see where the book is strong, or weak, and give it an overall judgement after taking everything into account.
Feelers do not sit down and objectively consider every aspect of the book. They do not weigh pros and cons. They just know in their heart, what rating the book is. They base it purely on gut instinct and raw emotions.
I am a Feeler. And here’s where you might see the difference between me and a Calculator:
Sometimes I read a book that I LOVED, but it wasn’t quite perfect. Maybe there was a small thing that bugged me. But despite that, I still give the book a five star rating. Why? Because I feel like it deserves five stars. Because I feel like despite the problems the book had (if any), I still loved it with every fiber of my being. I finish the book and immediately know that it’s getting five stars!
I do address the problems in my review, but the rating will still be five stars.
But a Calculator would approach the situation more logically and objectively. They would see those tiny imperfections and take them into consideration. Five star books are reserved for pure perfection. If there is any problem or annoying part of the book, it must be taken into account and it will affect the overall rating. So maybe that five star rating becomes 4.5 stars, or even four.