About My Book Reviews

I just wanted to post a page to describe to readers what to expect from one of my book reviews. I initially did a post about this, so if you read that then there’s no reason to read this (unless to refresh your memory – I know how it is, I forget all the time too!).

First of all, any time I review a book, I do so on Goodreads. I love Goodreads and I think it’s a great site that provides a multitude of valuable services. If I can do something that will steer people to their site, I’m going to. I think that if you love books, if you love reading, if you appreciate authors and want to keep tabs on updates by them, if you like giveaways of free books, if you like reading lists, if you like a community of people with similar interests, and if you like anything related to what I’ve already listed – then you should check out Goodreads. Having a profile on there helps me to keep track of books I’ve read and of books I want to read. It gives me a platform to allow others who may be interested to know what I am currently reading. I can also see what other people I follow are currently reading, have read (and what they thought about it), and what they want to read – which I find awesome! So basically I do my reviews on Goodreads to give back to that community and to hopefully drive traffic to their site. Luckily for me, they automatically generate the html for me to copy and paste onto my website so I can share it with you all as well. Just something else that’s awesome about Goodreads.

Ok, enough fangirling about Goodreads for now (I’m just a smart ass. this is the last link, I swear!). Back to my book reviews. Secondly, the reason I put those reviews on my site is to add content for my readers that I think they will appreciate. First and foremost, this is my author website. I tend to say writer website for now since I’ve yet to be published, but it is what it is. It’s a tool that every author should have to help them gain a potential readership. Therefore, part of that is giving my followers something back for following me and not just using this as an avenue of shameless self promotion. I know that the majority of my followers are either writers, or readers just like me. That’s what guides my content. As I’m writing, I am always taking breaks to do research and look stuff up. If I find something that I think my followers might appreciate, I tend to share it on my Twitter and Facebook. If there’s more involved, or if it’s a topic that I’ve searched for answers from multiple sources, then I’ll write a blog post about it and share the info that way – which then gets shared on my social media as well. The other thing besides writing and research that takes up my time is of course READING. I’m always reading at least two books – one audiobook, and one ebook or physical book. As I read I sometimes take notes on things that pertain to writing, but mostly I read for enjoyment. I read to give my mind a break and enjoy myself. After I finish reading a book, I will of course have an opinion about it and I tend to want to share that opinion. Mostly that just consists of whether or not I liked the book, and if I would recommend it. However even though that’s all the review will contain, I try to still make it enjoyable to read as well as give you a good idea of what to expect should you choose to read the book.

I’m just trying to make the point that I don’t want anyone to expect SparkNotes from me when I write a book review. Whether or not I like a book, I want you to read it and decide for yourself! People should read more, and people should buy more books – or at least borrow them from your local library more so they’ll know the book matters enough to keep it in stock. I like to support writers and encourage readers. I’m not going to give spoilers in my reviews, which also means I’m not going to write a synopsis of the book. I really don’t want reading to be a chore because it is a way for my brain to quiet down a little and for me to relax. If I feel like I’m going to have to write a collegiate level report after every book I read, it’s going to dissuade me from reading. So, I’m not going to do it.

To reiterate what I do want to do, I want to tell people what I’m reading in case it’s a book they’ve never heard of, I want to give them an idea of what the book is about, and I want to let them know whether or not I recommend it. If you think the book sounds interesting though, don’t worry about whether or not I recommend it and READ IT ANYWAY!

This gets me finally to the explanation of the 5 Star rating system I use. First of all, that’s how Goodreads asks us to rate the book (I know, I know… another link – but what can I say, I told you I’m a smart ass! Seriously, last one though.) The thing is though, they don’t give any explanation as to what each star means. They leave that up to interpretation. Henceforth, here is my interpretation:

  • 5 Star (*****)

    • This recommendation is probably the simplest to explain: I loved the book and absolutely recommend it!

  • 4 Star (****)

    • The book was good. Even though there were some issues with it, I would still recommend it.

  • 3 Star (***)

    • The book was rough to get through. There may be enough issues with it that you may not enjoy it, but the content is good enough that you should still probably give it a read.

  • 2 Star (**)

    • The book was rough to get through. I don’t think there is anything special about the content that would give you reason enough to push through this book.

  • 1 Star (*)

    • I did not get through the book. Either there were too many technical issues for me to get through, or I simply did not find the book interesting enough to keep reading. While I wouldn’t recommend it, you may still enjoy it as your tastes may be different than mine.

 

There you have it! I hope this will add some clarification to my reviews and why I give the ratings that I give. If you enjoyed this post, please like, comment, and/or share as well as find me on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Goodreads! (<- Just one more, I couldn’t resist!) I would greatly appreciate it as it helps me out a lot and I enjoy connecting with my readers! Until next time, cheers!

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