0:17 - Suzanne is having a girl!
1:33 - Today's topic: book ratings
2:20 - The two sides of the book ratings issue: do I judge books by their ratings? and how do I rate books?
3:18 - First issue: using ratings to judge books
- 3:42 - Amy's opinion
- 4:45 - Suzanne's opinion
7:30 - Are there certain types of books that are more prone to 5-star ratings?
8:40 - Second issue: How Suzanne personally rates a book
10:40 - How the passage of time can change a rating (either higher or lower)
11:50 - How Amy personally rates a book
- 12:55 - Is it the best in its genre? (in which Amy defends giving children's books five stars)
- 15:05 - Was it personally significant and meaningful?
- 16:25 -Was it an immersive reading experience? Was it pure pleasure?
19:20 - Different rating scales: 5 stars vs. 10 stars
21:45 - Beyond the starred rating (other rating systems we've seen)
24:18 - Buying a book warrants a 5+-star rating
26:25 - Two 5-star recommendation
- 27:02 - Suzanne's recommendation
- 28:36 - Amy's recommendation
Books and links mentioned in the show:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Amy's review)
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Suzanne's review; Book Blab episode)
Book Riot: Buy, Borrow, Bypass
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (Suzanne's review; Amy's review)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (Amy's review)
How do you feel about book ratings? Do you rate books? Do you find other readers' ratings helpful? What's your system? Oooh, and what is one of YOUR 5-star books?!