I don't know if many people would have noticed, but I give out a LOT of 5 star ratings. I also give out a lot of 4 stars. I know that some people don't "trust" reviewers who give out high ratings, so I thought I'd explain why I give out so many high ratings.
I think the main reason why my ratings are so high is that my rating system seems to be quite different to what other bloggers have. A lot of the blogs I follow seem to "save" their 5 star ratings for absolute favourites- for those books which just blow your mind and leave you with a book hangover for days (...not that I've ever had a book hangover myself, but you get what I mean.) However, my rating system is pretty different. My 5 stars simply means "really liked it." And, you know, obviously a lot of books are going to be able to fit that category. Observe: this is an infographic from Goodreads of the number of 5 star ratings I've given out so far this year compared to other ratings:
Indeed that is a lot of 5 star ratings. More than any other category, actually. This is probably because I mostly only read books that I expect to enjoy. I don't go picking up books that have really low GR ratings or books from series that I haven't enjoyed and such (unless I feel like writing a snarky review haha).
You might have noticed that sometimes, under my star rating in reviews, I write different things depending on the book. There are three special categories for books which exceed the "really liked it" category.
The first is "incredible". This is pretty self explanatory I suppose. These are books that I just think deserve more than just 5 stars. There still might be a few flaws, but on the whole, these books are pretty perfect. I own almost all of the books in this category (or have them on my wishlist). There are currently 190 books on my incredible shelf (out of 1369 books)
Then I have "favourite". This basically just means any book that I love to read over and over again. There are very few books in this category in proportion to how many books I've read. Currently there are 53 books on my favourites shelf.
The last category which is related to the blog name is "panacea candidate". This is a book that we want everyone to read. Please read quote in sidebar. THAT. All of my panacea candidates are in my favourite category, but not all favourites are panacea candidates. Which means that this category is the smallest of them all. You can have a look at all of my PCs up to about June of this year in the Panacea Candidate tab up top. There are currently 25 Panacea Candidates.
So that's it for my rating system. Hopefully it explains why I have so many reviews with 5 star ratings.
What about you? How sparing are you with your 5 star ratings? Do you think my rating system is weird? (If you say no, you're lying. It is weird. Even I admit that haha.)