Am I a harsh critic?

I was cleaning up the blog a bit when I discovered two pertinent statistics:

I’ve reviewed 42 books thus far; and

the average book rating on Russia Reviewed‘s standard 5-star scale is 2.6 stars.

That’s unusually low, considering the average Amazon book has a rating of 4 stars, the Goodreads average hovers around 3.75, and my own average Goodreads rating is 3.61.

Am I a more harsh critic than I thought?

Am I jaded? Bored? Under the Kremlin’s influence?

Do I simply enjoy tearing books apart?

Is this a sure sign of my eventual abandonment of book critique, blogging, and RAS?

Or do I just have standards when it comes to writing about Russia?

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