Today’s discussion is about how I’ve stopped using star ratings on Goodreads. At some point last year, towards the end when I was reviewing books, I didn’t give them star ratings, and this was 100% unintentional at first. I could say that I kinda got lazy and didn’t want to think about how many stars I was going to rate a book. After not giving star ratings a few times, it’s just something that stuck. Along the way, I realized that I don’t need to give books star ratings when I review them, my review should speak for itself and convey how I feel about a book without attaching a star rating to it. I also came to the realization that a review says more a book than a star rating. The only time I give star ratings is on Barnes and Noble, and NetGalley, because you can’t leave a review about the book without giving a star rating. Will I give star ratings again on Goodreads? I don’t know.
Armchair BEA: Beyond the Books and Blog Day 3
I’m joining this a little late, as I just discovered this today.
Beyond the books: Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite alternative forms (graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics, etc)? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms? How do you think the changing format affects the reading experience?
Recently I just got into reading eBooks and bought myself a Nook. Having a Nook and reading books with it really changes how I read. I love being able to make notes about things that I want to remember and not ruin a physical book. I hate writing in books, because for me books aren’t meant to be written in. I’m not a fan of graphic novels, audiobooks or webcomics.
Beyond the Blog: Our secondary topic, beyond the blog could focus on the ways you engage in talking about books outside of your blog. Do you participate in book clubs, take classes, meticulously maintain your goodreads profile? Let the world know!
I don’t participate in book clubs or take classes. However, something that I take very seriously is maintaining my Goodreads profile. I love being able to connect with other readers and especially authors. I also feel that it’s important for others to be able to see what I’m reading. I’ve also participated in a few readathons and am planning on taking part in the Tome Topple Readathon created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes in June.
This month was another slow reading month for me. I only read three books and got into a bit of a reading slump, however I did read one of the books on my re-reads list. I’m also five books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads challenge, so I’m not too worried.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- Four stars on Goodreads. I loved this book. There were things that I was not expecting at all and I was surprised by some of the things that happened. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more. I thought the book was beautifully written. However, I wasn’t really a fan of the romance, I thought that aspect could have been better.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard- I gave this three stars because I didn’t see as much growth from Mare as I was hoping for. I also wanted more from Mare and Cal, I felt there was just too much tension between them. I also didn’t like the ending, and though that Mare was so stupid for doing what she did. While I did like this book, I wanted more, more development in the characters and the relationships. I’m hoping Mare and Cal finally end up together in book three and there is more development in the characters and their relationships.
Beloved by Toni Morrison- I gave this five stars. I first read this in a college literature class, and I didn’t really understand the importance of this book. After re-reading it, I understand it a lot more now. Because it is historical fiction, there is a lot of historical context and importance that I didn’t understand when I first read it. The book takes place after the American Civil War and deals with slave trade. With this book I really saw the trials and tribulations of trying to escape slavery and be free. I found this book intriguing and haunting. In my opinion, it’s a must read.