How trustworthy are 5-star-rating bloggers?
Just because there are 5 stars available, doesn't mean you need to use them all at once.
Once there was this blog (its name shall remain unmentioned) that I decided to follow, because it focused on one of my favorite genres. Half a dozen raving reviews later suspicion started nipping at my reading nerve and I browsed through said blogs archives to check whether my inkling had been right. In short, it was. I found an astounding pool of books that, apparently, all deserved a 5-star rating, with a select few 4-star ratings thrown in for good measure. And if you haven't guessed it by now, the text of those reviews
I don't mean to imply anything along the lines of a possible connection between receiving books for free and those over-the-top reviews ... all right, who am I kidding? It's either that or the blogger in question loves words so much that even the telephone book would receive a 5-star rating. It's just not natural (or plausible/believable/realistic/etc) that a person will practically love all that comes their way reading-wise.
If you're that lucky (in picking awesome books) you should buy a lottery ticket.
A while ago I made a comment about bloggers who only hand out 5-star ratings qualifying for the Not-Deemed-Trustworthy Club on my Facebook page. It goes without saying that this resulted in some folks heartily disagreeing. Replies went along the lines of "I'm an uber positive person and hate giving a bad review" and (my personal favorite) "I only pick up books I know I'll love". What the ...!?
Sure, I tend to pick up books hoping I'm going to enjoy and like them, but that's solely a wish and not a premise. After all, how could one know before even reading the first line? I mean, it's not as though I've never been convinced I would absolutely love a certain book only to end up throwing it into a corner because it sucked big time. Just because I love a particular author doesn't mean I hand out a few extra stars for duds - one additional star for liking all the other books and one more due to the fact that there haven't been any typos and yet another one for ... well, you get the general idea.
Rate a book for what it is and not what you wish it was.
What do you think about blogs that exclusively post reviews with 5-star ratings? Are you as suspicious about this as I am? Do you suppose that receiving books from publishers (for free) might have something to do with this? Don't be shy in case you happen to be a 5-star reviewer, and share your opinion too!