Is 3 Stars A Good Rating? || Lets Talk Bookish

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Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

This weeks topic is: Is 3 Stars A Good Rating?

I really like this weeks topic. 3 stars are different for every person. When I rate a book 3 stars I image myself giving the book a C or a 70%. It’s not terrible, it’s just kind of mediocre. The book was good but it didn’t blow me away. I want to read books that amaze me, make me think, slap me across the face and be like “HERE I AM”.

I have a hard time picking up books when I see that a majority of the reviews on goodreads are 3 stars. I think it’s because I don’t want to read something everyone else seems to think is meh. I want a book that isn’t like anything I’ve ever read.

I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I personally think it’s saying the book is okay but it could have been better. I will still recommend 3 star books because everyone has different tastes. A 3 star book for me might be a 5 star book for you.

A lot of times when I rate a book a 3 star it’s because it’s not a book I’m going to remember. I’ll probably forget the characters names or what happened in the story. I ended up stopping the rating scale on my blog because it’s hard for me to rate them but I still end up rating them on goodreads. XD

Overall, I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I think they’re a pretty average rating for most bloggers. I tend to rate most of the books I read either a 3 or 4 star on goodreads! What about you? Do you think they’re good? Do you think they’re bad? Let me know down below!


19 thoughts on “Is 3 Stars A Good Rating? || Lets Talk Bookish”

  1. I agree( and sorry beforehand for the rant I’m going to go on in response, you have be warned 😂😂) and what a lovely bookish post!
    Most of the books I rate of Goodreads tend to be three or four stars as well and I save five for exceptional books. Your right, for the most part, I won’t feel inclined to recommend a novel I rated three stars or read a book rated three stars. Though there are some days( not often of course) that I’m in the mood for a meh book. I don’t know why 🤷‍♀️ Like sometimes when I have bad days, I like to watch terrible and cringe movies and laugh about how bad it is.
    Anyways thanks for sharing your thoughts and what is a book that you have given five stars?


    1. Hehehehehe you’re so silly! I love your comment so much! ❤ some of my five star books are harry potter, a man called ove, wonder, and the book thief. These are usually books I can’t put down or make me think about deep topics or books I just cherish 🥰 how about yourself?

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      1. Aww thank you😂haha
        Great list of five stars books!! These are all such good ones:) I also love Pride and Prejudice and The Outsiders. The only book on your list I haven’t heard is the a man called I’ve so I’ll have to look into it!
        Books are amazing and I love when a book leaves you thinking👍

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  2. I totally agree with the Goodreads thing – if there’s a book I’m interested in I’ll check Goodreads and if I see it has less than 4-stars I’m not as eager to read it! Which is definitely something I should work on changing because maybe I’d actually love some of those books!!


  3. For me, 3-stars is still on a “good” spectrum. I feel exactly like you, the 3-star books are the ones I kinda liked, but they didn’t wow me or they didn’t have anything unique or special, so they just fall into this middle-of-the-road category.

    I usually recommend 3-star reads to others, mostly because there was nothing actually wrong with them, and just as you said, it might be a 5-star to someone else. 🙂


  4. Great discussion, and I totally agree with you. I also like it when a book is “slaps me in the face” good because they’re just so enjoying. Whereas for three star books I can barely remember what happened a few moths afterward.


  5. Ooh I love the comparison to percentages! I think for me a 3 star is about 60% enjoyment, give or take a few, and 4 star would be 70-80%. It definitely varies though because some 3 star books I’ve enjoyed more than other 3 stars so it depends. My rating has changed a lot though lately and I seem to be a lot harsher with my ratings.


  6. 3 stars for me is good but not great, not anything memorable but not bad either I guess. When I see an individual 3 star rating I tend to assume it’s good, but when, like the average rating on Goodreads is around 3 then I think it’s probably bad lol because Goodreads ratings seem to skew higher


  7. I love your comparison to a C or a 70% that’s how I feel! It’s a passing grade but it’s nothing to write home about. Most people seem to quickly forget 3 star books after putting them down and I have to admit that in that area I’m definitely the same. If they’re not exceptionally good or bad there’s nothing to remember.


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