I just started reading a book in my Kindle app on my iPhone tonight, and it’s the lowest-rated book I have. On Goodreads, it’s rated a 2.85 overall with 41 ratings. Doesn’t sound very good, does it? But did it deter me from reading it? Not at all.
First of all, it was a free download. Second, it’s not a very long book, so it shouldn’t take me long to read. Third, I like to give some of these lower-rated books a try, just in case I may actually like them.
Does Goodreads influence which books I read? Yes, it does. I do look at the overall ratings, and normally wouldn’t start on something that’s rated poorly, unless it was a free book. I usually wouldn’t buy a book from the store if I saw that it had low ratings. I go for the books with better ratings, because I’d like to spend my money on a good quality product.
Since it is rated quite low, I’m going into the book with low expectations. It’s difficult not to. I want to go in with an open mind, and I do the best I can, hoping for a surprise. I have read books I enjoyed, but were rated lower than expected. I’ve also read books I thought weren’t deserving of the 4.00+ average rating on Goodreads. It’s all personal taste.
How much do the ratings on Goodreads affect what you read?