Review Rating Scale

This rating system is my own personal guide and should be used as a reference to my reviews.  These are general guidelines I take into consideration.

5++ STARS

Excellence in every way possible.  These rare titles usually have mind blowing plot lines and multi-faceted character development.  #keepershelf

5 STARS 

I adored this book and read it in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down.  #definatereread

4.5 STARS

I loved it, but something kept me from adoring it…like editing errors.

4 STARS

I really liked it, but character development and/or weak story/plot line devices bothered me.

3.5 STARS

I liked it, but I just didn’t connect enough or the writing style bothered me.

3 STARS 

I enjoyed it, but it was predictable and average.

2 STARS 

Meh, I struggled, it could be that I didn’t connect to the story, or there isn’t enough story. Will not review.

1 STAR 

Usually a DNF (Did Not Finish).  I did not like it and will not review it.

The where, what, why and how’s…

I adore the written word.  My mother taught me to read at four years old and I’ve never stopped.  In fact, in kindergarten I was constantly in trouble for reading in the corner instead of playing with my classmates.  Yes, I was an early #booknerd.  I decided to start blogging and reviewing as a way to spread my love of reading and writing – I may have driven my friends a bit batty with my obsessive love of books and all things bookish.

This blog and my reviews are entirely motivated by my complete and utter love of books.  The more I read, the more (and usually higher) my expectations become.  This can make it tricky to review books – to find that diamond in the rough.  I’ve become very versed in what I like vs. do not and I tend to stay away from themes and genres that I know I’ve had problems with before.  Which brings me to my next topic:  low ranking or negative reviews.  I don’t do them.  I want a positive experience to share.  While I may offer constructive criticism if I feel it necessary I will not review a book below 3 stars.  Reviewing can be a time consuming effort – I’d much rather spend my time sharing a positive experience.  I can end up reading 8-10 books in a week, and only review 3.  It’s all about finding that perfect storm of excellence.

So really, what it comes down to is this:  I want to share the books that touch my heart, that make me feel like I can fly, that speak to my soul and make me want to shout to the world how wonderful an authors words are.  Those are the books I’ll tell you about…as well as awesome music I come across, helpful recipes to get dinner (or dessert!) on the table faster (so you can get to your book reading faster) and random musings here and there.  I hope you enjoy!

Advance Reading Copies (ARC)

I sometimes receive Advance Read­ing Copies (ARC) of books for review prior to the publication date, either from the publisher/NetGalley, from the author or from the author’s public relations teams. My hon­est opinion and fair thoughts are always given on those books and my reviews will reflect that regardless of where the books were obtained. I do not charge for reviews, do not receive dis­counts, gifts or favors in exchange for a review. All other books are obtained by per­sonal purchase.

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