Authors giving their own work a rating. It is something that has bothered me for awhile but I've let it slide until it bugged me more than the issue warrants. Does it bother anyone else when an author rates their own work 5 stars on Goodreads? Or am I in the minority?
I find it extremely misleading as they aren't really in the position to be judging their own work objectively. I would argue that book reviewing (at home, on a blog or in a newspaper) is subjective at best but an author has a vested interest.
I am glad they think their work is excellent. I am glad they feel confident enough to give themselves a perfect mark. But it bothers me on a few fronts
1 - they aren't objective
2 - it warps the rating
3 - they don't give reasons for its awesomeness
4 - it seems conceited
5 - it makes me feel icky.
What are your feelings? Am I being a nitpicking fool (it has been said before) or are there grounds for an author rating their own work? It is just being proud of their work or are more dastardly motives at play?