I love all these blogger interaction opportunities! I never realized how prevalent they were until I started blogging. You guys are a pretty awesome group.
This week's BBH question:
Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?
I do use a rating system, but it's incredibly simple. I started reviewing my books on Shelfari and have stuck with the basic 5-star system, though mine is a little less black and white.
I don't have my system posted (oops!) so I'll outline it here super quick:
1-Didn't like it; 2-Liked it a little; 3-Average; 4-I liked it; 5-I loved it!
I'll also include a .5 if I'm wishy-washy about a title.
The system encompasses my overall impression of the book and is definitely subjective. My reviews are (usually) more thorough and even though I might have liked the book I'll include notes on things that bothered me. Also, if I didn't like a book I'll include its good points. As S.R. Ranganathan's Five Rules of Library Science note, "Every book its reader." I'm happy to give a simple rating and let others choose to read or not read based on my review or compare it to other reviews and make their own decision.