I love lists. When I see a list of best books or best movies I always have to take a look and see how many of them I’ve read or watched. Many times such a list is full of selections that are on there for a specific reason, like it was groundbreaking or the perfect example of the time, and once I have read or watched it I can usually see why it made the list. In 1998 when the American Film Institute can out with its list of 100 Years 100 Movies Jason and I took the next 10 years and watched them all. We even did our own rankings. I liked so many of them, but when I compiled my own list of favorite movies, most of them didn’t make the cut. Because favorite means I made some kind of emotional connection (no matter how superficial) and it always means I have watched it more than once. That’s the test for me. If I’m not interested in watching it again, no matter how much I liked it, it will not make the list. So, when I review a movie from my Top 100 List I always watch it again. There have been a few times that I then decided I didn’t want it on the list (well, twice). As for books, I have not read every book on my Top 100 List twice, but I am working on it slowly.
Do you think there’s a difference between best and favorite?
And I may as well address my rating system for books since it seems like a good time. My ratings are as follows…
**** Nearly Perfect. You should read it.
*** Average. Read it if the topic or author interests you.
** This was pretty bad.
* I only finished this so that I could enter it on the blog.
I always rate a book and put it right at the top of my review. But these ratings are so subjective they should really only be a starting point. Timing is everything. I am sure my mood influences rating as does my expectation. If I expect it to be perfect and it’s only good, well, my disappointment may show up in the star count.
Genre books are different. If I give a mystery book 5 stars, that means it was the perfect mystery, it couldn’t have been done any better in my opinion. I am not judging it against a non-fiction book about the horrors of war or a novel about the meaning of life. So, I guess whatever category the book falls under, always listed after my rating, makes a difference in its rating too.
I may go back and change a rating, but only if I rated it recently. I am not going back two years and re-evaluating. I know bloggers have and I applaud you, but for me, how I felt just after I read it is probably more accurate. Especially since my memory sometimes fails me :)
Still with me? Thanks for reading my bookish thoughts today :)