I've been thinking about book ratings recently and I'm interested in finding out what everyone thinks about them. Right now I rate books on a five star system. Do other people use a rating system? Do you like when reviews have a rating? Are there other things reviewers should include when coming up with a rating?
I know I look at Amazon ratings, but even if a book has a low rating, I'm still going to read it if I'm interested in. I also like to see what the people who have given a book I really liked a low rating have to say about it. I don't know that a rating really helps in my decision of a book over a general review. I don't really look at other ratings on other sites, even though I can rate books on LibraryThing, Visual Bookshelf, etc. I think I just get too lazy to go through and rate everything.
Should I keep rating books or just write a review? I'd love to hear what others have to say.