I am not sure about you but I think there are several factors that go into what I rate a book. In general I think it should be more straight forward than that – how much did you like it the book – but we all know that there is usually some other things that factor in. This is what factors into my ratings:
Enjoyment and Impact of the Book
Clearly how much I liked the book after reading it plays the biggest part. I mean did it make me feel – whether it be happy, sad, angry, swoony, etc, did it have me wanting to keep reading it, did I get lost in its world. In general how happy was I that I picked up that book. Also, did this book make an impact on me, will it stay way with me.
I feel like this is another HUGE factor in my ratings. There are certain books I go into with super high expectations based on my love for the author or hype around it and depending on whether it delivers or not can really make a difference in the rating. The best is when you expect nothing and a book knocks it out of the park.
Sometimes I am so just not into reading or a certain genre that I think it rubs off on my ratings sometimes. The converse can be said where I am just so into reading and ready to gobble up all the books I might be on a book high and ratings reflect that.
Books I Have Recently Read
I try not to compare books to each other but it happens. If I have been in a slump and I read a good book it may become a 5 star read because well I had read such and utter crap before it that it shines even brighter. Maybe a great book was read near a perfect book so it didn’t quite reach 5 or 4.5 stars at the time.
I hate that this happens but admit it – sometimes I get caught up in what others think of a book. Whether overwhelmingly positive (leaving me think I must like this or what did I miss?) or overwhelmingly negative (but it wasn’t really that bad was it??), I think I might be swayed a certain way. I am not proud of this or even that I realize it happened until time has passed. I really try to not let this one affect my ratings too much or at all.