Goodbye 5 Star Rating System. Hello Book Vagabond Badges.

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a fantastic day.

It’s great to have you back at Book Vagabond for another post. I am super appreciative of your ongoing support. It means the world to me.

A Post about rating systems again, really?

Yes and I’m sorry it is so close to my last post regarding how I rate books. You see I have been using the usual 5 star rating system for my reviews but it comes with some inherent flaws, which I will talk about a little later, that had me thinking maybe I should shake things up a little. Then, along comes Alex (a fellow book blogger that you most likely know as @TheMartianChron on Twitter and that you should all check out her blog and we got talking about a new way to review books on our blogs.

Inherent flaws with the 5 star system

The problem with the 5 star system is that although it is very usable and extremely clear as to what each star means. I hardly every use a 2 star and have yet to use a 1 star. That’s 2 points that go pretty much entirely unused. Then we all feel a little different when it comes to the dreaded 3 star ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️. Now, for me I see a 3 star as a good rating. It is higher than average if you think about it. 5/2 = 2.5 so 3 would be above average, right?! Well, no. You see, some people don’t feel the same way about 3 star ratings and this is totally fine I’m not trying to argue the cause. However this causes a little confusion between people and I don’t really want to have to clarify or defend a 3 star rating each and every time. So where does that leave us??

I’m glad you asked 😁

The new and improved system

This is a little misleading and I’m sorry but the new rating system isn’t a system at all. I will have no rating system from henceforth (Sorry, I’ve been watching and reading a little too much Arthurian legends recently) on my blog. My review will sum up the good and bad of a book as always and from the review you will get a feel for if the book was good or not.

Hang on… That’s not all

I would like to introduce you to the new, absolutely awesome and in no way at all pompous… Book Vagabond Badges 😁

Book Vagabond Top Pick
The Book Vagabond Top Pick badge will be displayed on the book cover of a book that has absolutely blown me away. This is the highest of awards. The greatest of awards that can be bestowed upon a book. 😂 Okay sorry I got a little ahead of myself. The Top Pick badge is to show that this book is a must read. Add it to your TBR immediately.

Book Vagabond Recommended
The Book Vagabond Recommended badge will be displayed on the book cover of all the books that tick all the right boxes but not quite enough to be awarded the Top Pick badge. A BV(Book Vagabond) Recommended book is a book that I really enjoyed and one that I would highly recommend to everyone. Even the all knowing power that be my mum. I love you, Mum ❤️

Anything that doesn’t have a BV Top Pick or BV Recommended badge is a book that didn’t quite meet the criteria. This isn’t to say it is a bad book and I would say to read through my review to find out the good and bad of it.

Feel free to rid yourself of the flaws of the 5 star rating system and join myself and Alex (TheMartianChron) in a new way to review books.

So, once again we come to the end of my blog post and I really hope you enjoyed what I had to share with you today. Oh by the way the next book I will be reviewing is Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold and it will be the first time using the badges instead of the 5 star system.

Goodbye and till next time drink good coffee, read good books and be good to one another ☺️

Professional Reader

9 thoughts on “Goodbye 5 Star Rating System. Hello Book Vagabond Badges.

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  1. I love this idea, Dean, and have been thinking about something similar. I was thinking: Not for Me, Liked, Loved, Favorited. Your idea of badges is more creative, though, so I am thinking I have to up my rating game. 😅

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    1. Thank you! I believe Alex was speaking to you about this type of system. It’s a great idea and hopefully more bloggers will join in. It’s great to see how different people personalise the badges.

      I look forward to seeing what you decide to do.

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