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    Star Ratings – the trouble with using them

    I have been going back and forth about whether or not to use star ratings for a while. I used them heavily in the past, removed them for a while, and added them back. I still use them on my Goodreads but honestly, I have been on the fence about removing those for fear of backlash. I feel bad about giving a low star rating to a book. The reason I take issue is that I found them kind of arbitrary and entirely subjective. One person’s five-star read could be an abysmal one-star for others. On top of that, there is no good scale for rating a book with stars.…

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    What Happened to Book Blogging

    For those that have known me for a while, I’ve been a book blogger for around six years, my last book blog having a good three year run. I had initially started blogging after joining Goodreads, which I use to track all of the books, comics, and manga that I read. Goodreads gives you the option to rate books and regularly runs giveaways. The algorithm gives higher chances to users that write book reviews, and so I decided to try writing a few of my own. It worked, by the way, and I found that I genuinely enjoyed talking about the things that I was reading. I was unsatisfied with…