It’s time for this weekend’s Book Blogger Hop!
This week’s question is: Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?
I do. It’s my teacup rating system, which you can see in my sidebar. I rate books between 1 to 5 cups of tea in terms of how much I enjoyed them and what I think of the book’s quality overall.
I didn’t do this for the first little while I had the blog. I used the star rating system on LibraryThing and GoodReads, but I didn’t carry any rating system over to the blog itself until relatively recently. I still, in fact, have yet to go back and update a lot of the earlier entries to include the rating system. Call me lazy; I’m sure I’ll get around to it eventually.
Why do I use it? Well, I admit, part of it was because I was feeling somewhat sheeple-like when I noticed that other blogs I read had their own rating systems. Frogs, books, or just plain old stars, and I wanted to do something of my own. Given that my blog is named Tea & Tomes, using a teacup rating system just seemed natural.
My roommate suggested once that my rating system should be in reverse to what people normally do. 1 teacup should represent a book that I just couldn’t put down, and so it only took me the length of drinking a cup of tea to finish. 5 cups, on the other hand, should represent a book that I needed more time to get through, and more of tea’s delicious calming influence to allow me to finish the thing. And while I have to admit that’s an awesomely creative system and I’d love to use it that way, I thought that might be a touch too confusing to anyone just reading this blog at a glance. If I’d had loyal readers for years, people who knew that I used such a quirky system, maybe I’d consider it, but for now, at least, using a more standard format is what I’ll stick with.