I post all my reviews (snippets of them, anyway) on Goodreads, and yes, I do mark the stars. But I hate doing it.
I hate picking a number for a book.
I will, but I never do on here (well, I used to back in like 2011, but I stopped).
To me, books are unique entities that don't really have the same scale as other books. Lots of books are better than others, and some literary fiction I read is definitely more thought-provoking than some of the YA books that I read. But that doesn't mean that I like them any less or that they're written worse than any other books.
There are poorly written books, but I'm not afraid to give those bad ratings. What I don't like doing is giving YA books I love and I think deserve a high rating (I recently read the Selection series) a lower star score simply because they're not The Great Gatsby or something similar.
I rate books on several things, the most important being my level of enjoyment. If a book is well-written with developed characters, a believable world, and an interesting conflict, chances are I will enjoy it a lot more than a book without those qualities.
As I've been writing this I am realizing it's a lot of the same topics as to why I argue for YA. Just because it's not literary fiction doesn't mean it's not good and thought-provoking and interesting.
And it's why I don't like stars for reviews. 5 stars can be given for so many reasons, and I'll do it, but I don't do it by comparing. Each book is its own self, and I judge accordingly.
I really love Hannah's method at So Obsessed With where she says she's "so obsessed" or "so okay with it," or similar phrases. These are more open and less restrictive than stars, which I love.
Fight against the stars!
What about you guys? Do you do starred reviews on your posts (somewhere that doesn't have an explicit star system and is one that you just like to use)? Am I crazy in not liking to use a rating system?