I think it’s very important to know the person behind the ratings when it comes to book reviews, so here’s everything you ever wanted to know about my history and philosophy on reading, reviewing, and rating books!
How it All Started…
I grew up an avid, AVID book lover. I remember the first “big girl” book I read by myself was Betsy and Tacy, and I was so proud! Then, as a teen I spent many late nights in fictional lands and historical times – I read as often as I could and finished whole novels overnight at times. My parents were awesome and did their best to provide me with as much as I could read growing up, and countless library trips.
My love for reading hasn’t faded over the years (I’m 27 now), though making time available for reading has become more difficult what with getting married, having babies, and life in general. I still read every spare moment I find, though – you know, in the bathroom while my daughter is taking a bath, while we’re in the car, late at night after everyone has gone to bed…
My Favorite Genres
I enjoy a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, though I do have a preference for fantasy, historical fiction, and young adult fiction. I also read a lot of Christian fiction and non-fiction.
I enjoy books with realistic characters that I can relate to and with a compelling, believable plot. Some of my favorites are A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, Christy by Catherine Marshall, Blink by Ted Dekker, anything by Jane Kirkpatrick, and the Cheney Duvall, M.D. series by Gilbert and Lynn Morris. See these and other favorite reads here!
My rating system is as follows:
♥ (1/5) – I really did not like this book.
♥♥ (2/5) – I tried to read it, but couldn’t make it through (for whatever reason).
♥♥♥ (3/5) – I hoped it would get better, so pushed through. It wasn’t for me.
♥♥♥♥ (4/5) – I enjoyed it and recommend it!
♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) – Must read! This is one I will keep on my shelf, re-read often, and not let anyone borrow for fear of losing it forever.
Always keep in mind that although a book wasn’t for me, it doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it. I always give reasons why I didn’t enjoy it or couldn’t get through the book, so hopefully that will help you decide whether it’s worth reading for yourself. :-)
Hope this helps, and happy reading! ♥