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message 1: by Wealhtheow (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:46AM) (new)

Wealhtheow | 7 comments I sometimes have trouble rating books because they are very well written (poetic, incredible descriptions, that sort of thing) but I really hated them--or vice versa, and they're dynamic stories told in an embarrassingly bad style. Would it be at all possible to have two sets of stars for each book--one for how well written it is, and one for how well liked it is?

message 2: by Otis, Chief Goodreader (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Otis Chandler | 4184 comments Mod
Cool idea! I think it would end up just confusing most people, so it would have to be an 'advanced feature'. In the meantime, just explain your conflicted feelings in your review :)

message 3: by HT (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

HT Goodwill | 11 comments I agree with the possible confusion, but the idea certainly has merit. I run into this issue more frequently as I get older.

A similar issue that I have is in determining how I will rate books that are obviously not written for my demographic. For example, I recently read Princess Acadamy by Shannon Hale. From my middle-aged, male perspective it was substandard. Maybe two stars, if I'm feeling generous. But from the perspective of a parent thinking about letting my daughter read it, it is definitely four stars.

Otis, since you mentioned an 'advance features' I would like to be able to rate a book honestly from my perspective as a reader, but then also rate it from another perspective (say, as a parent or educator).

Then this site would do me a world of good if I could search for books that have an average of four or five stars in their "Parental Ratings" or "Parental Recommendation".

I know...maybe someday. But I wanted to share my hopes and dreams.

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