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Old 03-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #16
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Isn't it more plausible she's logging in all the books from one point in time forward, without all these restrictions you propose?

On this topic I don't know what kinda person would it take to input all the books you have read ever @.@...Maybe if you're 5 years old.

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Old 03-19-2013, 05:59 PM   #17
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I dont get this. Sorry, but 40% of the books you read, you dont like/hate? That's a waste of time and sorry to say but it doesn't look like you are choosing well, if you say you like chick lit.
If you like it so much, why are you not enjoying it?
That's just chick lit. I actually don't know how many of the total books I've read have 3 star or higher ratings. That being said, why is it a waste of time? People read for different reasons. Who cares if they love all the books they read or hate them? I guess I'm just wondering why you care so much that she or I or anyone would dislike a certain amount of books in a certain genre. I'm still confused about that. Do you think she should write only positive reviews? I just don't get why you think she "reads to hate"? If you read a book completely or even only half way and don't like it, why is it wrong to give a 1 or 2 star rating? I don't think most people start most of the books they read thinking that they'll hate it and give it a bad review. I genuinely read books hoping I'll like them but sometimes that's not the case. Again, I'm just really confused why this annoys you so much.

Another point is that 61% of the chick lit I read I give good ratings too. 60% of the fantasy books the woman on GR read she gave positive reviews to. That's still a majority. I mean how do you determine whether someone like a genre or not beyond and what your criteria for determining that?

As for having poor taste, I'll say that a lot of the books that I have enjoyed and given positive reviews to would be considered poor taste by some. So YMMV.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #18
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A person might input the books they remember liking or intensely disliking. Might be adding "books I read a long time ago and want to give a 1-star rating to," especially if they're otherwise popular.

I doubt she goes out of her way to read books she hates, and I doubt they make up 1/3 of what she's actually read. But they might make up 1/3 of what she cares to talk about.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:01 PM   #19
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I just checked my GR stats. Average rating is 2.65 but I am rather critical to the point of snobbish.

20% of my reads are 1 and 2-stars.

In addition, I have a greater number of abandoned titles most receiving 1-star ratings.
You must not like reading if dislike so many books.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:28 PM   #20
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I just can't get over that she dissed "Mistborn"!!

Whatever her reasons, that's just nutty. If she is a feminist, it makes even less sense.
The main character is a girl who overcomes all kinds of social obstacles to accomplish
greatness - she even kills the uber-badguy.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:05 PM   #21
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Goodreads is very useful to read what a book is about and find similar books, but I take reviews with a pinch of salt.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #22
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I don't get what's "wrong" with a 2.8 average. On Goodreads, 3 stars is "I liked it", and 2 stars is "meh". So the one and two stars aren't necessarily all "I HATED THIIIIS", they're some "I didn't like it" and some "meh".

For "meh" responses/reviews, I wouldn't typically dwell on the scant stuff I liked about a book, but I might make a few notes on the things that I reacted badly to - that's not a really odd way of writing book responses.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:44 PM   #23
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Who knows? The rater in question may enjoy giving negative reviews of fantasy books that she secretly enjoys because she knows it'll get a rise out of others. In other words, she could be a troll. Or maybe she writes in the genre and wants to pooh-pooh writers she sees as competitors. Could be all sorts of motivations behind the low ratings.

I think Goodread ratings are kind of silly anyway. In essence you're summarising a book with a numerical rating.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:58 PM   #24
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:09 PM   #25
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Have any of you come across this kind of reader? What do you think about this? I'm mostly just confused
Ummm... Geralt... Have you gotten amnesia again? Have you lost your silver sword?

If she spends most of her time ravaging books, she probably doesn't have enough time to ravage the countryside. But... Then... Better safe than sorry. Uh...

I'm stumped. If the world's most prominent witcher doesn't know what to do...
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:14 AM   #26
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hey geralt yes some people are clearly not in the right state of minds I have read several books which I did not like but I never said those books were bad, if I came across a bad book I did not go beyond 10 pages why would I waste my time.

Who is this person any how please share her profile link here.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:41 AM   #27
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This was a conclusion I came to after accidently coming upon a woman who reads so she can bitch about it. Excuse my language but that's what it is.
This person (who I don't know) has 172 ratings on goodreads with 2.8 average rate. 65 out of those 164 (read books) are 1 and 2 stars very negative, very complaining in nature reviews. That is 39.6% of the books she has read, she absolutely hated them.
Don't those numbers represent a normal Gausian distribution?

I would only encourage people on GR that don't hesitate to give a rating of less than three stars. Some books are simply not good; those deserve a rating of one or two stars, even if the reader doesn't finish them.

I rather pick a book based on a five star rating from someone that doesn't hesitate to give low ratings to books he or she doesn't like than based on a high rating from someone that only rates books with four or five stars.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:49 AM   #28
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I am addicted to the deathland books, I have read 30 of them now. They are trashie books and and that is being nice. I intend to read them all and enjoy my guilty pleasure, but seriously it would be wrong to give them at best more than 3 stars no matter how much I enjoy them. It would just be wrong.

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:13 AM   #29
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One- and two-star ratings, at least as far as Goodreads is concerned, aren't ratings which suggested hatred. Goodreads intends a two-star rating to be seen as 'meh' and a one-star rating to be seen as, quite neutrally, 'didn't like it'.

I'm somewhat choosy about what I read, and I can count on one hand the number of books I've read through which I've actively disliked, but even so my average rating on Goodreads is only just over three stars. I liked a number of books. I found a number of books suggested to me to illicit nothing more than 'meh' from me. I disliked a few. I loved a few.

Unless somebody has explained their rating system in their profile, I assume that they're following the Goodreads system, wherein even a two-star rating isn't all that negative.
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I just checked my GR stats. Average rating is 2.65 but I am rather critical to the point of snobbish.

20% of my reads are 1 and 2-stars.

In addition, I have a greater number of abandoned titles most receiving 1-star ratings.
How do I find out my average rating on GR? Did you calculate it yourself?
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