#ThreeStarsOrLess

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Created by Emma from Emmmabooks

Today’s challenge is hosted by Amy from Bursting With Books.  Her challenge is to talk about a book you’ve rated three stars or less.

For this challenge, I decided to go with two books that I rated three stars and two books that I rated two stars and why I rated them that way.

The first three-star book that I’m going to talk about is Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl.
This book is a reality tv show but novelized, the concept and format were interesting and it was entertaining but I had issues with it. My first issue is that one of the characters in this book, the producer of the show is homophobic. One of the characters in the show is gay, and he’s the younger brother. The producer of the show considers him to be the “cute gay brother.” The main character of the book, Bentley challenges the producer’s views by saying, “I’m not going to let you keep him sidelined because of your own homophobia.” While the homophobia of one of the characters is challenged, it’s still harmful. Another issue I had with the book is the body shaming and how the family of the reality show was only able to eat certain foods so that they don’t get fat.

The next three-star book is The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs.
I had a hard time really connecting with this book. I gave it three stars because of the information that I found useful and it was written in a way that was entertaining to read. I did find myself skimming over the parts where things didn’t apply to me or that I didn’t connect to at all.

The two books that I rated two stars are Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman and The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

I’m going to start with why I rated Illuminae two stars. I know Illuminae when it was first released was really hyped, and I wanted to read it. I had heard things about the different format and the way the story was told and I was intrigued. Needless to say, I really loved the unique format and the detailed graphics, other than that I was extremely bored with the content. The content didn’t hold my attention and I struggled to get through this book. There were times when I was really bored that I wanted to DNF it, but I wanted to see how it ended so I pushed through it. This is also a series that I decided I wasn’t going to continue reading.

The next book I rated two stars was The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I decided to read this book after hearing that it was going to be made into a TV show which was dubbed as a cross between Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. Now, I love Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. I had also seen some Booktubers talking about this book on Booktube. I did not like this book at all. I found too many connections to other books that I read. I enjoyed the element of magic, but there were times when I got bored. I couldn’t stand Quentin, the main character. He was very whiny and I felt that he came across as whiny. I did have an easier time getting through this book than Illuminae.

I could have easily picked three books for each star rating, however, I didn’t want to go overboard so I kept it at two each.

#FakeRatings

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Today’s discussion is somewhat controversial.  It has to do with Goodreads and the many books that have one-star ratings when the book is still in the editing phase, no ARCs are out and the book hasn’t even been published yet.  While I understand why some people do this, especially with books that may be problematic/harmful I think there are better ways of going about things.  There are ways to comment on Goodreads without rating a book, there are also other ways like emailing the publisher directly.  Yes, if a book is possibly problematic/harmful I want to know about it, I want to know what makes the book problematic/harmful.  I also want to know how and why it is in an honest way, meaning from people who have read the book.

I never rate or review books that I haven’t read, I feel like it is a dishonest practice.  I have a responsibility as a reviewer, to be honest.  I know that this topic is iffy, and I do see both sides, I just wanted to voice my opinion.

Here are some other blog posts that I have found about this topic:

http://booknerdreviews.com/2015/07/feral-friday-rating-unread-books-on-goodreads/

http://angelreads.com/2016/01/discussion-dont-rate-a-book-before-you-read-it/

 

 

#BookRatings

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Today’s short post is all about how I rate books.  For rating books, I use the Goodreads five star system.  It’s a lot easier for me to use the Goodreads rating system because I use Goodreads to rate and review books.  I don’t use half or quarter stars because Goodreads does not contain them.  I also don’t round up or round down if something were to be a half or quarter star, to me it doesn’t make sense.  As I am becoming more critical of what I read, I feel that more thought is being put into how I rate books.  I also use to hate reading critically, because I was always told too, but now when I read I find myself reading critically because I want to and not because I have to.

The Goodreads system is as follows:

⭐️Did not like it

⭐️⭐️It was okay

⭐️⭐️⭐️Liked it

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Really like it

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️It was amazing