I don’t have one go-to answer for this question it really depends on the book. Sometimes I know after only the first few chapters; if I can’t connect with the characters, the writing is full of spelling mistakes or I’m confused from the start after an information dump, etc. Other times I pass judgement around the mid-way point because I feel like I have a good sense of the quality of the story by then but, more often than not, I withhold my rating until the end. For me, the final chapters have the power to make or break a book that was, up until that point, just okay. Either everything finally comes together and my imaginary thinking light bulb engages or I’m left feeling like the last two days were a total waste of my valuable reading time.
When I’m immersed a book I frequently make mental notes throughout. I’ll think to myself “ooh this is definitely a 3-star”… one hour passes… “no, this is a 4-star”… This process goes on for pretty much the length of the novel. Whenever I finish a book I’ll usually update GoodReads and rate the book but it’s happened a time or two when I’ve gone back and revised my original rating upon writing my review. So, yeah, I don’t really have a set rating routine…
I’ve actually thought about abolishing my rating system because I only read books that appeal to me so it’s rare that I’ll give a book anything below 4-stars. If I’m reading a novel it’s because I’ve done my research and I think that I’ll like it.
What about you?
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I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada
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