Book Reviews & Star Ratings

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36 thoughts on “Book Reviews & Star Ratings

    scr4pl80 said:
    April 7, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    LOL – Thanks for the explanation of the stars. I’ll be careful which ones I use from now on.

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    April 7, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    hehehe aww I think it’s a shame that authors look at ratings that way- I’d think it’d be beneficial to look at some reviewers guidelines for what their ratings mean, cos (and maybe I’m being naive about this) but I don’t think people mean offence 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 7, 2018 at 4:11 PM

      I totally understand and agree! I’m being half sarcastic and half witty about it… numbers mean something different to everyone. It’s the content and feedback that really counts. I’m planning to explore the whole range of how people review and how authors and readers interpret it!

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        theorangutanlibrarian said:
        April 7, 2018 at 4:14 PM

        hehe no worries- I got that- I just think it might help to make authors feel better if they can see where reviewers are coming from- a 3 can be a compliment and a 2 isn’t necessarily insulting. But I think your series will be really good for exploring this!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 7, 2018 at 4:17 PM

        Exactly! It’s also whether you’re comparing to industry standard, personal taste and experience, other similar books, author’s prior books. I want it to be a really interactive segment.

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        theorangutanlibrarian said:
        April 7, 2018 at 4:19 PM

        Precisely! Really agree! 😀 I think it’ll be fantastic! Very excited for this new segment! 😀

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    This is too funny!🤣

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    BrizzleLass said:
    April 7, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Loved this! You shoukd share in the author group on Facebook for a good chuckle!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    April 7, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Thanks for the laugh 😄

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    April 7, 2018 at 7:59 PM

    I don’t give 5s a lot so if you get one, you seriously earned it. 🙂 🙂 I do a lot of 4s and 4.5s. Something can come super close to a 5 and just not quite have the special pizzazz to put it over so they get a 4.5.

    Sometimes I feel a little guilty about not giving a lot of 5s but it’s like the difference between A and A+ for me. You gotta really have something special to get that +.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 7, 2018 at 8:27 PM

      I totally agree with you. I’m very stingy with 5’s these days. I was being funny in my post (hopefully that came across) and can’t wait to actually talk about all this!!!! A to A+ now that’s a perfect comparison!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    April 7, 2018 at 9:39 PM

    This is so funny! If only it were how people rated our books! 😉

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    Carrie said:
    April 8, 2018 at 4:29 AM

    LOL!! This one gave me a good chuckle because I can see some out there really feeling this way. That one star makes me think of the petty authors that attack their reviewers and think that is going to really get them anywhere in the business.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 8, 2018 at 7:52 AM

      I know! We all dislike bad ratings, but sometimes it pushes us to do even better next time. It’s never good to attack or respond in a negative manner. I hope to make this segment fun but a good way to help others, too.

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        Carrie said:
        April 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM

        Very true. The same can be said of reviewers that get nasty too of course. I think if I were an author a 1 with it just wasn’t for me would be fine but a 1 with a long rant on how horrible something is would be the ones that would stick with you even though there are sure to be others that love the book too.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 9, 2018 at 9:26 AM

        Good point. I think the harder ones for me are the 1’s with no comment. You’re left wondering, huh? But then again, it’s important to have a balance and range. If it’s all good, sometimes people think it’s not real.

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        Carrie said:
        April 9, 2018 at 9:47 AM

        There are users on Goodreads that just go around rating without ever having read the book either. I don’t know if it’s for the cover or the synopsis or simply registering their interest level in a book but as a reader I ignore ratings with no reviews with no way to know if they actually read it.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 9, 2018 at 9:50 AM

        That’s such a good point, too. I worry about that happening. As a reader, I never look at a book’s ratings. If I see a book pop up a lot in Goodreads from people I know, I read the reviews. If I like the author, subject and reviews, then I want to read it regardless of the rating.

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        Carrie said:
        April 9, 2018 at 9:59 AM

        For me it’s more about what is said than the rating. For instance someone with a 1 or 2 says it’s because there’s a love triangle, doesn’t bother me so I may rate higher. Or because of too much bad language… again not an issue so it wouldn’t stop me. Basically that’s why when I don’t enjoy a book I state why that was and not something like this just sucks don’t read it… someone will like what I don’t.

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    April 8, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    hahaha YAAASSSSS I love this!

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    April 8, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    That one star though hahah I guess that is why some of the more fragile reviewers are always scared to give the books they read 1 stars (or anything remotely negative). Personally I’d always prefer honesty, the raw kind, over anything! 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 8, 2018 at 9:47 PM

      I totally agree. I have another part of this post coming tomorrow where I cover a different interpretation! Trying to be funny but analytical at the same time.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    April 13, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Although this is very amusing, Jay, it does rather hit the nail on the head for us poor aspirant writers.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 13, 2018 at 3:20 PM

      I hesitated to post it the first time, but I had the two different versions, so I wanted to be a bit funny and at the same time realistic. We’re a tough crowd… btw, I didn’t realize how many books you have. I went to check it out last week to see what I wanted to order / read from your list and was surprised. Go you!

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        robbiecheadle said:
        April 17, 2018 at 1:36 PM

        Thank you, James. My books are for children.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 17, 2018 at 1:37 PM

        🙂 I can share with nieces and nephews then!

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