I mull this question over in my mind quite a lot; in fact I did before I started doing it myself on the blog, and that is the question of giving books a mark out of ten? I don’t mean should I instead mark a book out of five, I mean should I be scoring them at all?
I have been thinking this as for both reasons of health in the last six months, and now reasons of prizes and some new projects coming up, and in a year when I have read so much how effective it is. Yes, it gives people a guideline (and I will always look at other peoples marks out of whatever on their blogs) but can you sum really up the experience and feeling (in some cases loosing you for hours and hours) that reading each book gives you and then just ending it with one of ten figures?
I have been looking back over my marks from the last few months, which have admittedly been more even and less filled with ‘the initial after reading glow or downer’ of a book, after all thoughts need to ferment and flourish or fade away. I have been looking at some and thinking did I really give x the same mark as y?
So I am wondering if I should stop. I would never normally give a book 1/10 or 2/10 because something that bad I wouldn’t finish, who has the time for books they aren’t enjoying? Life is too short. Maybe I should simply let the review say everything and lose the final sum of summing up? Maybe I should introduce some posts on books I simply can’t finish (there have been a few this year) but informing you all why? Though of course I wouldn’t call those ‘reviews’ on here.
What do you think? Do you like books given marks or, as one friend of mine said of me doing it ‘the author has created something for you, it’s not like you’re a teacher marking homework’? I would be interested in your thoughts.
P.S How could I not use that picture (which is from Scribbler) its hilarious, look at the lady on the left’s face! Oh and this is no reflection on other people who do give scores, I always look at theirs and I currently do it myself.