Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 2-Stars.
It was bound to happen. Sooner or later, I would get 2 stars. I was prepared. I fully admit Dying Embers isn't going to be everything to everyone. Still, when it happened, it was a little depressing. Like when I found a dead hummingbird in my iris garden last Spring. I don't know what killed her - I certainly didn't do it - and there wasn't a darn thing I could do about it, but it made me a little sad.
First off, the two stars was not a review. It was a rating - this thing Goodreads lets readers do where they can give their flash opinion without getting into the reasoning behind it. It's not a bad thing. I use it from time to time when I can't seem to put into words why I felt how I felt about a book I read.
So there it was Sunday night. Sitting amidst my 4 and 5 star reviews. Naturally, I did what any self-respecting writer does - I went to bed.
Yesterday, I sorta forgot about it. I mean, I knew it was there. Any time I went to Goodreads, it showed a dip in my average. But I had better things to do. Until last night when I scrolled down the Dying Embers page to check where I'm at in this 'Beach Reads' list (154th out of 428, tyvm) and I saw the person with the 2 stars. So I clicked the name.
I couldn't help myself. I mean, I'm not stalking or even all that invested. I was just curious. I figured I'd have a looksee and go on about my evening.
Well, Goodreads has this thing where you can compare the books you and another person have in common. So I clicked it. And I found something interesting. Pretty much everything I've read and loved, they've read and hated. In fact, one author I absolutely adore consistently got 1-star ratings from this person.
Suddenly I found myself wishing I'd gotten a 1-star rating, too, because then I'd be on the same level as this bestselling author. Silly, I know, because when it comes to that other author, I'm totally Wayne and Garth on my knees going 'I'm not worthy!' All at once, though, I felt proud of myself.
So, yeah, that's how I came to stop worrying and love my little 2-star rating. If it was a physical thing, I'd put it on a shelf and pet it nicely.
When you see a low rating on a book, does it have any effect on whether you purchase the book? Do you ever 'consider the source' (as my mother always put it)?