Thanks to a post by Jenni Elyse, I recently discovered the stats feature on Goodreads. It has lots of handy little things, but what I really liked was this:
It's all the books I read, and how I rated them.
And it's almost freakishly normally distributed, which is kind of a bad thing. Looks like I read a whole lot of 3 star books last year. In fact, you'd have to add together all my 2, 4, and 5 star reviews to equal my 3 star books. (well, with one extra) (and yes I know it's not really normally distributed, but still)
Which begs two questions:
1. Am I just much harder on books than the average reviewer? It seems like most people are highest in 4 star books.
2. Am I not very good at judging which books I'll really like? I stopped reading 6 books (the ones with no star rating) because I could tell I wouldn't like them. Maybe I need to do that more? If I'm reading more but enjoying less, that seems like a step in the wrong direction.
So, dear blog readers, what say you? What's your average star-rating for books? How did you get good at picking books for yourself?