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Monday, July 23, 2012

Reader Poll Results

The results of the poll as of the writing of this post are 22 total votes with 12 voting no rating system and 10 voting for a rating system. Rather than a certain number of stars or a 1-5, I propose a compromise. I will give a personal recommendation with general terms at the end of reviews. The basic phrasing is below, but it may vary a smidgen depending on the situation. 

I personally doubt I will ever give a "poor" rating simply because I don't know that I could force myself to complete such a book. There have been books I have just quit reading and switched to a better one. 

I also take into consideration the specific genre of the book.  What is near perfect for a cozy is completely different than near perfect for a suspense or police procedural.  


Near Perfect - Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. 

Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list 

Good - A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. 

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want. 

 Poor - I had to force myself to finish it. Fatally flawed on multiple levels. 

I am hoping that this is better than just a rating and yet still provides a level of recommendation.  

Last week I got to spend a few days in Santa Barbara - naturally thought of the hit TV show "Psych" since it is based in there.  I took the trolley tour of the town and the tour guide pointed out the police station because it is a point of interest since the show!  Beautiful place to unwind on the beach.  I am surprised there aren't any mystery series  based there.  Do you know of one?

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Dalene @ A Date with a Book said...

I like the rating system!! I need to exact something similar. I currently just use 1-5 stars hoping everyone knows what I mean. Hope you enjoy the new system. It was interesting that the votes were basically split.

A.F. Heart said...

I am so glad, and relieved, that the recommendation system is meeting with approval. Whew!

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