I am a member of Goodreads. Not only am I a member, but I am also a Goodreads librarian. I sometimes think that no one uses Goodreads more than I do as I’m on the site several times each day. I use Goodreads to keep track of my vast TBR, find like-minded readers, search out series information and much more.
I’ll admit, that I have often used Goodreads ratings to help me choose the sequence of my TBR. If a book has thousands of ratings and still has a score of over 4.0, then in my opinion the book must have merit.
For example, here is one of the titles on my TBR:With over two thousand ratings, the fact that this book still got a score of 4.45 means that a whole lot of people enjoyed reading it.
I am leery of the accuracy of the rating if say only five or six people have rated it and the score is high. You have to factor number of ratings into the validity of the score.
However, and yes I’m finally getting to the subject of my post…. How can a book that is not yet published, which has no ARCs in circulation, get a score? And how horrible for the author if that score is very low!
Case in point. Last year I read a marvelous first novel by Elizabeth Kay called “Seven Lies“. (my review here) As it was a 5 star read for me, I thought I’d check to see if she had any new books coming out.
When I searched Goodreads, I found this:This is SO UNFAIR to the author. Words fail me. Why would anyone rate a book one star without reading it? Am I missing something?
Also, when someone likes one of my reviews on Goodreads, I am inordinately pleased if it is a review that I’ve taken pains to write. I’m chuffed to bits.
HOWEVER, many people ‘like‘ my reviews when I haven’t even read the book, or written my review yet. How can they ‘like’ something that doesn’t yet exist? Are they just approving my choice of reading material?
So, I pose the questions to you, my fellow readers, book lovers, and bookbloggers…
How much credence to YOU give to Goodreads ratings? Do they at all influence your TBR?
What do YOU use Goodreads for?
Do you think it is fair to publicly rate a book without reading it?
Do you think it is valid to ‘like’ someone’s review when they haven’t yet written one?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.