How Do You Rate Books?

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I’ve been a bit of a goodreads junkie since I was in high school. There is something that is so fun to me about seeing what friends are reading, having a list of all the books I’ve read and what I thought of them, and watching the way my taste in books have changed. My taste isn’t the only thing that’s changed though … recent;y I’ve noticed that the way I’m rating books has changed as well. I used to think a book started at a three and then if it was amazing it went up and if I didn’t like it the rating went down. Now, I’m more likely to start a book at a five and then knock off ratings for things I didn’t like as much. Continue reading “How Do You Rate Books?”

What Makes a Book Worth a Five Star Review?

images-9I’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about authors who can’t handle bad reviews, writers who pay people to give them good reviews, authors feeling like their fans owe them good reviews, and Amazon deleting biased reviews. While all of these stories are interesting, I started thinking about regular peoples’ reviews. When there is no controversy, how to people choose how rate the books they read? What makes a book worth a five star review?  Continue reading “What Makes a Book Worth a Five Star Review?”

10 Books Every Child Should Own / Goodreads Choice Awards

I hope everyone has made it through and is on the road to recovery after Hurricane Sandy. If you need at little distraction here are two great polls to vote in:

1.) First Book is one of my all time favorite nonprofits. To celebrate 10 years of giving books to at-risk kids, you can vote for which book will me the millionth book they give away. I chose A Wrinkle in Time, but it was a hard pick.

2.) It is time to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards. There are 20 categories where you get to pick your favorite books of the year. There are three rounds of voting, and the first one just opened.

Hope you enjoy these opportunities to declare your favorites. Let me know what you think about the options and your votes in the comment below. Also, happy Friday!