keeping score

As 2014 is rapidly coming to a close, I thought I’d check on my Goodreads list of books I’ve read so far this year, with the intent of coming up with a ‘best of 2014’ list.

I know you love a good list. Don’t we all?

I saw that I had read 19 books, and that 12 of them had a 5-star review  (there are a few in the ‘currently reading’ list as well). I tweeted this.

books of 2014

My friend Matt jumped into the discussion with this.

Hmm. Wrong, eh? Matt added:

Ok. That’s an interesting point. I went back and looked at the books which I’d given five stars. Some were definitely a five. Some were perhaps more of a 4.5. But Goodreads limits you to whole stars, so which way to go? Do I mark down a book which isn’t *quite* a five? But what if it’s better than a four?

And what happens if, as Matt says, I come across a book which is *better* than the other five-star books? Just give it another 5 stars?

I have another friend who insists that there’s no such thing as a five-star, 10/10 book or movie. Just doesn’t exist. Most you can hope for is a nine, and that’d be high praise indeed.

I guess that’s where the reviews come in. I want to get better at writing reviews and more importantly, better at posting them up, either here or on Goodreads/Amazon. It’ll allow me to explain *why* I’ve given it the star rating I have! I can get giddily enthusiastic about books I really really love – if you follow me on twitter you’ll probably know this already. And if you’re an author of one of those books, you’ll be backing away quietly, nodding.

COME BACK I LOVE YOU REALLY NOW WRITE MORE BOOKS OK?

Ahem. Sorry about that (but do write more books).

Book reviewers – what do you think? How do you handle five star reviews? Is there such a thing?