Long ago, I had a request to rate the books I read. And, because I do what my fanbase (er, college roommate) wants, I have for the last two years (almost to the day).
But this has become more and more uncomfortable for me. How in the world is one number supposed to sum up how I feel about a book?
And what is the ranking for anyway? Does it rate where on my scale of least and most favorites I would rank this book? Does it rate how likely I am to recommend it? Does it rate the quality of the writing? The pace of the storyline? The size of the audience that would enjoy it?
I found myself trying to incorporate all those things into a single number - okay, nine for story line, but maybe a little edgy for some, so let's drop it to an eight, but the writing is a ten, so back up to a nine, but it's maybe a little slow for some people, so down to eight again, and maybe the topic is too depressing for some people, so seven, but I'd say it's one of my favorites so back up to an eight. Okay, eight. Perfect.
Actually, not even close to perfect. More like insane.
And so,as of this moment, I'm ditching the numbers. I try to mainly only review books I liked and would recommend to at least one person, and the books I don't like and review, it's mainly because my strong negative feelings need to be aired before I talk Bart to death.
It is perhaps a little unhealthy how freeeeeeee I suddenly feel.