Lately I've been noticing something. People seem to be rating books lower and lower, even if they loved it. I've been seeing a lot of "OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!" and then they rate it 3 stars. Or they will give it 3 stars but in the review will say 3.5 stars. Don't they know that when something is .5 or above that you typically round up? Not down?
When I see this happening, I tend to look something like this:
It has me wondering why do people think they need to give something a bad rating in order to have people actually read their review? Do they look at their ratings and go "hmmm I haven't rated something 3 or less stars lately, maybe I should" and so they do even if that's not how they really feel?
Why are people afraid to say their true feelings on a book? If all your ratings are good ones, all it means is you know how to pick out books that are to your preferred taste. It's actually really bugging me that people are lowering their ratings on purpose. I know that a lot of people will not read a book if it's been getting bad ratings or people do not actually read reviews, they just look at what the reviewer rated it. By rating a book lower, you are changing the overall rating for the book and that may make people not read it.
What this all comes down to is, don't be afraid to give a book the rating you think it actually deserves! Don't get all weird about the fact that your ratings are almost all good ones. That is perfectly okay. There is no reason to be stingy with your ratings.