What is #BookBlogWriMo?
Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.
What is My Rating System?
I use a 5 star system because that’s what Goodreads uses and I used their links. I just started playing with the Book Review wordpress plugin a few days ago.
I think of 3 stars as the average book. That’s what most books get from me. That means that I enjoyed it enough to read it all the way through but it isn’t anything that’s going to stick with me. Next week I won’t remember the details of the plot.
To get 4 stars a book has to be thought provoking. There have to be themes that made me think throughout the day when I wasn’t reading the book. Another way to get 4 stars is to be so compelling that I can’t put it down.
Getting 5 stars from me is almost impossible. It would need to be a book that I want everyone in the world to read right now. Who Fears Death is the only 5 star book I have for this year.
I don’t usually give less than 3 stars because I ruthlessly abandon books that I don’t like. There are too many great books out there to waste time with so-so ones. I probably don’t finish 25% of the books I get. That’s another reason why I’m a die hard library user!
I have given 2 stars to a book that I got for a blog tour that was just awful. I wouldn’t have finished it if it was up to me but I was obligated. Two stars could also be a book I finished but that had some fatal flaws that make me not want to recommend it even though it started with promise.
I think the only way I’d do a 1 star review would be something like Jules Verne’s Five Weeks in a Balloon that was so incredibly racist that I wanted to talk about it.