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Monday, January 21, 2013

Why I Cannot Rate Books on Goodreads or Other Places

As I struggle through report cards (also known as the-grid-with-a-thousand-boxes) I realize why I have given up on recording the books I read on Goodreads, (and rating them) and why I am unable to rate books using any kind of logical system.  You see folks, as a teacher in today's world, I already have to rate EVERYTHING else.

 Seriously, you would not believe it if I told you, so I won't bother boring you with the details. But really, REALLY, I have to rate almost every student paper I see on a 5 point scale.

And you know, it's really nice to just read a book and ENJOY it, and not have to think about if I feel if the author was ADVANCED in their storytelling, PROFICIENT, BASIC, BELOW BASIC or (heaven forbid) FAR BELOW BASIC.  It is a gift I treasure--just to go with the author on their journey into their book.  Yes, there are some adventures I like better than others, there are some that resonate with my heart more than others. But honestly, getting to read for pleasure is just so filled with PLEASURE, I find myself unable and unwilling to assign it a number.

I kind of wish I could.  It would be so much easier for me if I could look back on the books I have read with some sort of organized template and think, "Ah yes, I gave it four and a half stars for these reasons......"  and I kind of envy the folks that can do this.  But for me, NOT having to rate my reading choices is perhaps the best thing about my personal reading time.

How about you?  Do you make reading rating systems work for you....or not?