Poor Andy Miller (the
one third time book writer and Editor; not the actor, engraver, musician, novelist, or any of the sports players).* Should he be punished for my disconnection with his book, is it really his fault? Miller recently published The Year of Reading Dangerously, a document of his reconnection with the written word and how this in turn improved his general well being. Was it intricately bad? No. Did my eyes bleed? No. Was it dull? No, rather witty actually.
I just didn’t connect with it.
And I rated it 3 stars on GoodReads.
Should I have done this? On reflection it doesn’t seem fair. This rating contributes to an overall larger rating for the book, one that now doesn’t accurately reflect how good the book is. Sure, if I this were my own private rating it would be fine, but I don’t like my contribution to a larger influence on people’s deciding whether to read or not.
I’m starting to wonder if I should rate books when I’m the problem. When it’s me not getting on with a book rather than the book just being dire.
Maybe I should just quit GoodReads – but I like the ‘nth books a year’ challenge.
Faced any book rating dilemmas recently?
*I fail at research, this is Miller’s third book.