I consider myself a “mixed genre” reviewer. The only type of books you will not see reviewed here are mystery because I am part of a mystery review site at themysterycrew.com. As a reviewer, I promise to always stick true to my own feelings of a book, regardless of where I obtain the material that I am reviewing. These reviews are here purely for entertainment purposes and are my own opinions on the materials that I review. I implore you to find your own loves and find how you feel about the material that I cover here. We may not share the same opinion. We are different people with different life experiences, so that may change how any material I review would impact your experience with the same exact material. You may end up loving the book that I rate as a one. Go find out! Check out the book from the library, buy it, discover your own book, comic book, and other material love. I can tell you how I feel about it, but don’t ever let my opinion be the entire deciding factor of things you do in your own life. That would be truly boring if you did.
I rate on these general guidelines:
5 – I loved this book and would add it to my favorite reads ever list. I had to love some of the characters and plot for it to be rated here. A 5 rating is a rarity, as most will fall in the 4 category for me. This would be a book I couldn’t put down and this would potentially be a book I would recommend to others before recommending other books. Some example of a 5 rating book for me are “The Handmaids Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan.
4 – I really enjoyed this book, but I would not rate it as one of my all-time favorite books. Many of the books I review may fall in this particular category or the 3 category as I tend to enjoy books. These are the books that I would recommend to friends, if I didn’t feel that the all time favorites were appropriate for them. A solid four book for me is “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke.
3 – I enjoyed this book, but something within it stuck with me in a negative manner. I don’t judge on plot holes or grammar, but sometimes content just doesn’t strike me as well as other content. Oftentimes, it will be that I did not connect with important characters, especially if it is the main character. There were enough good qualities about this book that I might recommend it to a friend. An example of a 3 rated book for me is “Three Dark Crowns” by Kendare Blake. For me, it had a lot of predictability which left me not as satisfied as other books.
2 – I did not like this book. I was not able to connect with any character or find anything enjoyable about the plot. When I do not like a book, this will usually be where it gets set as I try to avoid placing material at a one. I respect people’s hard work too much to give it a one. I am not likely to recommend these books to friends, except in the rare occurrence that the friend has particular tastes that match up with some element of the material. Due to the graphic nature of some scenes, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding is an example of a 2 rated book that I have read.
1 – I hated this book. This is usually reserved for a book that had an extremely unlikable main character or had a plot element that did not sit well with me. When I say that it didn’t sit well with me, this usually is linked up to some phobia that is present within the material or something else that is related to just rude content that did not need to appear within the pages. I would not recommend this book to anyone for any reason. Most books will not fall in this category. Something horribly offensive would have to be present to get it to this rating. An example of a one rated book for me is “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut. The material does not sit well with me as a reader. There is outdated language that irritated me and as a result, I am not likely to recommend this book to others.