I started cataloging the books I’ve read at LibraryThing. Entering the book title is easy; ranking them is hard.

Seems like every time I go back to add books, I end up changing the number of stars of about the half the books. “Well, after reading this book that one isn’t so bad.”

And looking at the rankings, it looks like I don’t like any books at all. I am stingy with praise, not just for books. I expect everything to reach for perfection. So many of these books reach for just good enough, it seems.

I have to remind myself the authors are writing the best they can, and that a lot of people read for comfort; they don’t necessarily want a book that makes them think. I’m the same way — I put down Clouds End to read Elantris, even though Clouds End is a better book.