Since I began more actively reviewing books and keeping track of them on Goodreads over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a change in the way I think about books. Actually, “keeping track” of them is probably the wrong phrase – “keeping score” of them seems more appropriate.
You see, anyone that knows me knows that I’m a judger – and so book reviewing and especially getting to assign a number of stars to a book is right up my alley.
And I’ve noticed that sometimes as I’m getting into a book, I begin thinking “how many stars?” – that in a corner of my brain, I’m already reviewing the book as I’m reading it.
Does that seem odd to you? Do you find yourselves doing this too? Is that “fair” to a book? Or do you hold your judgment at bay until after the last page is turned (or e-page clicked, or audio track finished…) and collect your thoughts over time? Are there other aspects that affect how you rate a book?
Very curious to hear your thoughts and opinions.