Today's question: Do you use a rating system on your blog? How do you feel about using the rating system provided on sites like Library Thing and Amazon? When looking up information on a book you are interested in, do you use the ratings provided by these sites (or similar sites) to help you make the decision on purchasing the book?
I started using a rating system a few months ago when I felt I couldn't totally express myself with just my words (I need to work on that) I use stars 1-5. It probably goes something like this:
4- Really Good
2- Has some problems
1- Probably finished out of obligation
I like Librarything's rating system the best, with the half star ratings. I use the same thing on my blog. Usually on Amazon I round up the half a star sometimes down half a star. I use a lot of half stars apparently!
I often look at the ratings of a book, if they are all similar I tend to believe them, if they are all over the place then it's hard to tell how I personally would enjoy a book. When looking at ratings I also read the reviews that go along with them.
Do you use a rating system? Do you find ratings helpful?