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Book Blogger Hop | Do Star Ratings Matter?

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

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Do the star ratings a book receives on Goodreads or retail sites affect whether you buy the book or not?

(submitted by Flora @ Flora’s Musings…)


First, this question comes from a wonderful book blogger that I follow, so I encourage you to click on the link in the question and check out Flora’s lovely site.

Now on to my answer to the question: To be honest, if I actually buy a book, it is often by authors who I have been reading for years, and I preorder it before it even has any stars. Occasionally, a see a book from blog posts or Instagram that intrigues me, and with those books I look at stars but more importantly, I look at what reviewers say. I check out some high star ratings and some low star ratings and can usually get a good feel about whether I will like the book from that.

If I am in doubt but still intrigued, I just get it from the library. And stars do not matter for that path 🙂

Do star ratings impact whether you buy a book or not?

I like to include a picture so here is a collage of my more recent book purchases:

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24 replies

    1. When I look at reviews done after I read and review a book myself – there are some books out there that I wonder if they read the same book as me but usually reviews are pretty honest albeit subjective.❤️

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  1. Star rating are super arbitrary, but good to help you find different types of reviews on Goodreads. I like to read some of the good and bad reviews just to get a feel for a book if I’m not sure about it. If I know I am going to read a book because I love the author, or it’s something I feel like I need to read, I don’t care what others say. Great post!

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  2. Star ratings tend to only have a little influence on me, if I like the synopsis but the rating is particularly low then I’ll read a few reviews and see why it was rated as such then make a decision, I definitely think the reviews have more impact the star ratings usually just guide me to the reviews 😊💜 Great post, and great answer!

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  3. I am more interested in a person’s thoughts on a book than the ratings too. And like you, I like to look at a cross-section of reviews/ratings to get a better idea of a book I may be on the fence about.

    Have a good weekend and stay safe.

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    1. Even when I give stars, I feel like they are kind of arbitrary (to a certain degree). I often waffle between star-ratings, which is why I ended up changing how I rate books on this blog. I created ratings that much more align with how I think about books.


  4. Thanks for answering my question, Tessa and for saying such lovely things. 🙂
    If it’s a new-to-me author, star ratings play a part in my decision whether to buy the book or not but, like most bookworms, it’s more about the reviews, thoughts and comments for me. 💜😊
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Tessa, stay safe and healthy.
    Flora x

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    1. I know we all have different criteria for assigning stars but if you really want to know what I think about a book, it’s important to read what I say about it and even notice what I’m not saying ❤️ Have a great week and be well!

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      1. Yeah, ferreting out the information needed to decide whether a book is worth me spending my hard earned money on has almost become second nature. 😘
        Hope your week is going well, Tessa. X

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  5. Oh My Gash – Rise of Magicks is amazing. Really glad to find a fellow Nora lover. I honestly believe that this last trilogy is some of her best work.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the question 🙂

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    1. I am definitely a lover of most all she has written, especially the series that have a large fantasy element ❤️. She has a new fantasy based series in the works. Book 1 comes out in the fall, I think!


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