Saturday, May 17, 2014 14:57
Fairytale News | Rating and enjoyment level.
'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
Ratings can be difficult. I talked last time about changing my ratings from older books, but for me there is also a thing as ‘enjoyment level.’ Which means that a favorite book doesn’t have to be a book with a 5/5+ rating. It can be that I connect with it on a personal level and that it touched me or I just really enjoyed the story – but that doesn’t have to mean it was good enough for a high rating. I’ve encountered several books where the plot wasn’t that strong or the characters weren’t fantastic, but there was something about the book that gave me a good feeling. So the rating might be 3 flowers, but it could still deserve a ‘favorite’ label.
It can also mean that I liked every aspect of a story when I break it down in my review, but I have an okay feeling about it. Good characters, interesting plot, fun romance; and I will give it a 3 flower rating anyway. Most of the times it has to do with the writing-style and the atmosphere in the book. Having all the things I look for in a story doesn’t automatically mean I love the book. I have to feel a connection with all those aspects in order to feel wrapped into the story.
Sometimes there are also those type of books that are incredibly flawed, but you still enjoy them. One of the examples I can give you is my rating from Leah Cypress book Death Sworn, which was based on how much I liked it and how much the overall story was actually worth. And that is the ‘enjoyment level’ for me. The feeling a book gives me when I close it.
How about you? Are all your favorite books automatically a 5-rating? Do you have such a thing as an enjoyment level like me?
Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.