Whether you’re a book blogger, or regular book enthusiast, it’s nice to find someone who shares your taste in books. If you enjoy the same kind of books, you can get into in-depth discussions about them, you can lend each other books you think the other would like (providing you trust them with your babies, of course), and vitally, you can forewarn your reading buddy of books you know they won’t enjoy, so they won’t waste their time with them.
This happened recently, when I read Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan. It was a very well written debut novel, but there was a plot twist I knew would majorly piss off a fellow reader friend, Trish @ Between My Lines. I knew this book was on her TBR, so I sent her a message to let her know she should definitely skip it.
While many of us in the community have bookish friendships, occasionally, this relationship goes a step further, and you may find your very own Ratings Twin.
Quite a while ago, Trish and I discovered we are Ratings Twins. Practically every book we’ve both read, we’ve given the same rating to. This became very useful when we checked out each others book hauls and reviews, because we would know which books to pick up immediately, and which to avoid like the plague.
When you’re a book blogger with a considerable amount of unread physical books, ARCS, and eBooks in your collection, time is of the essence. I don’t want to waste time reading a mediocre book, when I could be delving into a delicious 5* read. There have been a few times I’ve checked out Trish’s rating first before deciding what book to read next, or purchasing a new book I don’t know much about.
So, how do you go about finding your Ratings Twin?
For Trish and I, we initially realised our twin-ness simply because we kept writing reviews for the same books, and we were giving them the same ratings. But Goodreads has a unique feature where you can compare your shelves and ratings with people in your friend list. So I thought I’d see how our twin status stacks up statistically.
An 87% similarity across 90 books sounds pretty good to me. Especially considering we have 488 other books in common that one, or the other, hasn’t read or rated yet.
If you know a fellow book blogger, or reader, who has very similar tastes to you, it might be worthwhile seeing if you are rating twins too. Let me know in the comments if you have a ratings twin, and how you found each other!