First, a huge thank-you to readers for all the support lately. The encouraging comments and listening ear, especially relating to yesterday’s post, mean a lot. Day #1 of online schooling went better than I expected; there were no tears (from children or their mother) which in itself felt like a major win. I did lots of “joyfinding” with highlights including: watching the kids put on an impromptu Encanto dance party (thanks, Spotify), reading some very fun picture books at bedtime while surrounded with hot magic bags, and laying in Levi’s bed listening to him talk, and talk, and talk as he was falling asleep. On a day I had been dreading, it was mostly good moments and I’m so thankful.
My post title says it all. And I presume if you’re reading this, and use Goodreads, you know exactly what I mean.
I’ve been logging my reading history on Goodreads for years now; I remember the evening I discovered the site and spent hours glued to my laptop screen finding and rating a decade or so of my favourite books.
But I am endlessly frustrated by not being able to give 1/2 stars.
To me, a 4-star book is very different from a 5-star book. But some books are neither or a 4 nor a 5 – they are exactly 4.5.
I’m not asking for the moon here; in this case, the moon being something ridiculous like 1/4 stars…
For some context, in the Goodreads vernacular, 2 = “it was okay”, 3 = “liked it”, 4 = “really liked it” and 5 = “it was amazing”; I stop reading 1’s which, for posterity = “did not like it.”
Here is the official stance on this topic, from the Goodreads website [with some of my own thoughts added in for good measure]:
After much [much = a lot; this means it has warranted significant investment of time and resources) investigation and debate [so I can’t be the only one with strong views on this], Goodreads has no plans to implement half stars. This is mainly due to the added layer of complexity that half stars would add to the rating system [what about the layers of complexity you’re adding to MY life, when I have to decide between rating a book a 2 or a 3, when clearly it is screaming to be labelled 2.5].
I am all about simplicity…but it’s really messing with my book reviews.
Please tell me I’m not the only reader out there that feels this way?