Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down — Book Trailers!

Last TUTD we had a great conversation about “extra” novellas to go along with your favorite series, this week I want to talk about book trailers!

We all know the effect that a well done movie trailer can have on movie-goers at a crowded movie. From the exhilarating ones that make your heart pound in that 30 second time frame to the ones that make you want to wet your pants because GOSH DARN IT, IT LOOKS SO FUNNY even if we know all the funny parts have probably just been shown…the effect is audible as you can hear murmurs of “I’ve got to see that” or “that looks so good.” A good trailer is key. They’ve got 30 or so seconds to woo you with carefully chosen reels that are in the perfect order to the perfect music. They’ve got to showcase their goodies to entice you and make sure you’ll be in those same seats with your oversized, overbuttered and overpriced tub o’ popcorn.

But what about for books? It seems book publishing is looking to the trailers to spice up how they are promoting books. With the amount of Youtubing and thirst for all things visual these days, it does seem to make quite a bit of sense to try to hook an audience in a different way. Find those people who don’t browse the bookshops or creep the catalogs as we do so regularly. Examine a new avenue of promotion. Find a new way to entice readers or make a book memorable.

My question(s) for you: Do you watch them? Do you like them in general? Do you find them to be effective in making you want to read certain books? Why do you think they are becoming more  popular? Which ones have you found to be done really well and most memorable? Anything else you want to add to what I’ve said?

Thumbs up if you like them/watch them; thumbs down if you don’t find them to be effective for you or don’t watch them


My Thoughts: I personally don’t watch them. It’s more of a time thing. I already watch too many things on Youtube (Jenna Marbles, beauty vloggers, musicians) and I’d rather just read a quick blurb of a book. I think it’s also that I’ve seen quite a few bad/boring ones that really turned me off to them. So to me, they haven’t been worth the extra time. I’m always on the lookout for book trailers that people say are really well done. I feel like I watched one for The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney that was really well done. I think it was that book anyways! lol. Maybe I’m not watching the right ones? But I sure am curious to hear if you guys watch them/find them to be effective for you. I’m also hoping you will link me to really well done ones! I’d be a convert perhaps if I saw really great ones!

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: “Extra” Novellas To Go With Your Fave Book Series

 

DANNNG. I haven’t done a Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down in a long time. A LONG TIME. Probably had something to do with planning a wedding and the questions would have been more like this: How do you feel about yellow and gray together? How do you feel about The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson for our first dance song? How do you feel about table linens? I had a single track mind, friends. ANYWAYS. The topic is about something I’ve been noticing a lot recently!

 

It seems like, as of recent, there has been this growing trend of publishers releasing novellas from the authors (seems to be mostly in e-book form) in between the most recently released and the not yet released book of a series that. They are extras — things that add to the stories, or are prequels, come from a more minor character’s perspective — stories that seem to supplement our reading and add new dimension to the story and to help satiate readers who are waiting for the next book to be released.

It seems like a ton of series have them lately. I’ve noticed a few showing up for series I’m in the middle of.

To name a few:

In between Delirium and Pandemonium there was Hana – a novella from the perspective of Hana who is Lena’s  best friend in the series.

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In between Shatter Me and Unravel Me there will be Destroy Me (out in October) — a novella that will ” bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.”

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In between Wither and Fever there was The Seeds Of Wither — a novella that is from the perspective of “The First Bride” before Rhine is ever in the house.

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In between Under The Never Sky and Through The Ever Night will be Roar and Liv (coming out in October) — a novella that is a prequel to the series and that is from the perspective of the much loved Roar.

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It seems as though most of these novellas do not HAVE to be read and will not effect you if you just go straight to the next book but I’ve heard rumblings from people of a few that make it seem like you will be missing out on things if you do not in fact purchase it. Most of these cost around $2.99 on Amazon (though Seeds of Wither is 99 cents) and I’ve seen some instances where they are offered as “free extras.” It seems like many people love them but it also seems like some people are getting weary of them — like they just would like to not have all these little extras floating around and want just the series as it is.

What I Want To Know From You: Do you like to read these novellas — why or why not? If you have, which ones? Do you feel like these add to the story or do you feel like they are kind of annoying? Do you think they are just more of a moneymaker or do you think they truly add something to the stories and are a way to keep the reader of the series engaged? How do you feel about them when they could potentially add things for the next book that you’ll miss?

So let’s vote and then discuss in the comments!

 


My Opinion: I have never read a single one of these “extras.” When I read Delirium I didn’t even really know anything about Hana. Same with when I read Wither. I’m slightly interested in Roar and Liv but I’m just not sure that I’d actually devote some time to read it. I guess they just don’t personally appeal to me. I mean, true, I can’t get enough of the series that I love and would love to be able to “visit” the characters and the story in between books but I really guess I’m just a purist in the way that I figure if it was important it should be in the book. That being said, I do think they could be fun and really keep the reader satiated in between the long waits. But I just don’t know that they are FOR ME. I’d really hope that they don’t add TOO much that I’d miss out on something in the book because I chose not to read the “extra”…if it’s important than make it part of the series. I don’t have super strong opinions on this one as I haven’t experienced them one way or another but I know in general that their appeal is lost on me. I’m super excited to see what YOU all think of this!

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Giveaway Hops

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions.

Click here for past Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down.

I have been vacillating between posting or scrapping this TUTD for a while…I didn’t want to cause any dramarama because I don’t have time for that kind of crap and I tend to avoid it like the plague…but I REALLY am curious about this aspect of blogging. So, if you are feeling like starting drama, getting overly emotional or attacking anyone…please do so elsewhere because that is NOT how this discussion is going down. It’s going to be honest and open but not a time to bash. Check yo self.

So..giveaway hops. I’ve seen a lot of them lately around the blogosphere. I’m not sure if they are just a book blogger thing or if they happen in other communities. In essence, a linky of some sort is open and all the people on there have committed to hosting a giveaway and thus making one big list where people can hop from one giveaway to another. Lately it seems as though they’ve been more frequent (ie every week or so) and they’ve become a source of discussion lately.


What I want to know: Do you participate in them/have you? Why or why not? What do you feel there purpose is in the blogging community? Do you find them to be a ploy to get lots of followers or do you find them as a good way to share books and find new blogs?

Take it to a vote, yo!

My Opinion: Firstly, everything I’m saying is my own opinion and I’m certainly no blogging expert. But I am an expert in what works for me…so yeah..please don’t be offended. Like with most things, my favorite motto fits this situation..”EVERYTHING IN MODERATION”. When I first started blogging I feel like I only saw giveaway hops once in a while and I thought it was a cool idea. I participated in one once and I realized it wasn’t for me. And then…I started seeing them every week…for everything imaginable. It’s kind of like when you hear the same song on the radio every hour (all day) and it just KILLS the song for you and even when you try and change the station it comes on another one. But anyways, I started reading things on Twitter and seeing a mentality I didn’t like…using it as a fast way to get followers (not that EVERYONE who is doing it for that reason..just some). And as someone who believes in hard work, paying your dues and growing your blog organically..it made me wary of them. So I stopped even looking at them. I don’t do giveaways too often (and I DON’T require follows ) but when I do it’s because I truly want to share a book that I found so amazing that I needed to share or sometimes a publisher will request it and I might accept because I liked the book. That being said..to each their own…they just aren’t for me. I don’t see the point in them anymore. In theory, I liked them when I saw very few of them but now…overkill.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down – Celebs Writing Books!

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics relevant to the book/blogging world  Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.



For this edition of  Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down I want to talk about celebs and their book deals. I feel like every other week I see another celebrity who has gotten a book deal of some sort whether it is a memoir or an actual novel. Hilary Duff, Lauren Conrad and Snooki from Jersey Shore are just have the few celebs recently to have penned a novel and there are a slew of others who have books coming out– from serious memoirs about their live like Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia De Rossi to the absurd — The Rules According to JWOWW: Shore-Tested Secrets on Landing a Mint Guy, Staying Fresh to Death, and Kicking the Competition to the Curbor Here’s the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting in Your GTL on the Jersey Shore. Don’t get me wrong..I’m not hating on the Jersey Shore (Confession: It’s totally one of my guilty pleasures…along with eating peanut butter from the jar and throwing chocolate chips or Reese’s Pieces in there) but really..I just think they are quite ridiculous. 



What I want to know Do you like reading celeb novels or do you just pass over them? Which ones have been good/bad? Are you more likely to read a memoir by a celeb? A novel? Or do you dislike both? Do you think it’s fair for a person to get a book deal (fiction) just because they ARE a celebrity? Do you think most of the celeb book deals are just publicity stunts to help the persons “brand” or do you think some of them actually have talent/passion for writing. 

Vote:

My Opinion: I honestly haven’t read too many celebrity written books. I believe I’ve read some memoirs somewhere along the line of people that I really respect. I’d have a hard time reading a “how to guide” from a celeb like the one from “The Situation” as mentioned above. I’ve heard good things about Lauren Conrad’s books but haven’t had any really urge to pick them up…same goes for the Duffster. Thinking of her just makes me think of Lizzie McGuire. I digress. But I’ve gotten so irked lately with the number of celeb books coming out. I think there are some out there that really have quite a story to tell (Portia De Rossi) but I just find some of them so pointless. And it makes me sad for authors who have real talent….can you imagine having your book rejected for Snooki’s novel (which I’ve heard was HORRIBLE)? Now don’t get me wrong, I think everyone has the right to write a book and if they get a deal…well then good for them…I just find it to be more of a publicity stunt in SOME cases…just an extension of the brand. There are few celebrity written books that I’d probably read. I have a handful of them that I actually WANT to read. 

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down – Audiobooks

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics relevant to the book/blogging world  Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas. 


Last week’s TUTD about e-readers made me think about another non-book form of reading — audiobooks. I know a lot of people who LOVE audiobooks because it seems to supplement their reading when they are driving, cleaning, working out, etc. But with everyone that I’ve seen that loves them, there are just as many people who can’t do them or feel cheated out of the reading experience since they aren’t actually reading the words but hearing them. I’ve heard many times that it always depends on the type of the book and the narrator as well as to how the audiobook experience is.

What about you? Do you use audiobooks? When do use them and have you found you are able to finish more books this way? Do you find any drawbacks to audiobooks? Do you have a hard time paying attention or letting your mind wander? What kind of books are best to listen to? Do you have any recommendations for good audiobooks? If you aren’t a fan of audiobooks…have you tried them and had a hard time? Have you never tried them? What holds you back from doing so?






Vote now and leave a comment telling me what you think!




My Opinion:

I’ve only done an audiobook once. I really enjoyed it. I was bored with my 45 minute commute and I found a random audiobook in my house…I think it was my mom’s. It was I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. At first I had a hard time getting into listening to a book rather than reading it but soon enough I was completely engaged and found myself not wanting to get out of the car when I arrived home or to work. I actually even was bawling my eyes out at one point on the highway at the end of this one. I had a good experience with it..but that was 2 years ago or so. I WANT to do another audiobook because I know it would be a good way to spend my commute but it’s hard for me to find ones that don’t lose me…because my mind is prone to wander for sure. I wouldn’t want to use audiobooks that often because I really love the actually process of reading..BUT I think audiobooks can be so supplemental and are perfect for people like me who like to multi-task. And hey..it could help me be able to have more to blog about.

So any suggestions of engaging audiobooks for me?

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: E-Readers

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics relevant to the book/blogging world  Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas. 


This week I want to talk about e-readers. I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while for Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down and with all the hoopla involving the whole Harper Collins e-book thinger recently…this week seemed like the perfect week to do so!


So, readers…do you own an e-reader? Want to get one? Or are you vehemently opposed to them? If you own one, how often to you use it and does it affect your purchasing when it comes to physical books? If you are opposed to e-readers, why? Is is that you love having the physical book? Do you feel like you don’t really own an e-book? I want to know your general attitudes toward e-readers!


Take it to a vote!







My Opinion:

My Face of Fury Because I Want to Be Reading And Not At Work

As some of you know, I was very adamant about not getting an e-reader and then I changed my mind and got the Nook for Christmas. I’ve used it mostly for NetGalley but I’ve bought a book or two off it. I am the type of person that I love being able to admire my books all lined up on my shelves (which I JUST got and need to show you all!) and I love having the book in my hand. However, the Nook has really been a great addition to my books. I love that I can read ARCs on it and I love the possibilities it gives me when I go on vacation or when I don’t want to lug multiple books around. The Nook will never replace my physical books because they are just so pretty but I do love my e-reader. I’m going Thumbs Up with this one with the caveat that it will never take over my love for physical books. Steph Su actually has a great post about this..so after you vote and share your opinion..definitely check that out!

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Author Interviews



Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics relevant to the book/blogging world  Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.

I originally had another topic scheduled today but there was something on my mind recently so I decided to switch topics. Ok, so what I want to talk about today is author interviews on blogs. I did my first author interview with the wonderful Kimberly Derting the other day and I was all excited for it because I felt like I asked some engaging questions and Kimberly gave me something interesting answers… so I thought it would create some fun discussion at least with the last question. Nope, it was like pulling teeth to get anyone to comment on it. I was a little discouraged for it being my very first interview. It took a lot of time and effort and I wonder…is it worth doing them? I want to help the author out any way I am able to if they are genuinely helpful to them. And I realized I’m not alone in this..I’ve heard from multiple people that their interview don’t get much comment-wise and I’ve seen so many people asking for people comment for the author’s sake. All this makes me wonder..why are they so popular? Do people actually like them? Do people actually read them? Why are they not getting comments–does it have to do with the subject matter, the variety of questions, etc.  I’m hoping that this discussion will help answer these questions so that bloggers, like myself, can better gauge why their author interviews might not be generating interest.

So here’s what I want to know: As a blogger, do you like doing author interviews and do you like reading them on other people’s sites? Do your interviews tend to get comments? As a non-blogger, do you enjoy reading author interviews? As an author, do you like participating in them on blogs? Do you find them helpful in promoting your books or are they not worth the time you put into them? 


Rock that vote:

My Opinion: I gave it a thumbs up. I do like author interview BUT if I’m honest..I skip over them a lot. I only really read/comment on ones that feature authors that I’ve read or am really interested in reading at some point and I’ll comment if something in the interview struck a chord with me or made me laugh or anything. I’m already there and reading it..I might as well say something. Sometimes I don’t read them if they are too lengthy or about a topic I don’t really care about. For me, I might not read an interview about tips to being a published author because I don’t have a desire to become one personally. So, for me, I guess it depends on how engaging it is and who the author is.

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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Author Interaction On Reviews

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics I bring up.  Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.

After observing something that happened recently in the blogging world (an author getting quite nasty on some comments and attacking a blogger who didn’t like the book) I started thinking about author interactions and how social media has really changed the dynamic in which authors and readers interact. Before blogs and Twitter it seems as the interactions were less personal (maybe at a signing or an event or by email) and there was this space that wasn’t breached where readers and authors just didn’t converse (about their books and other things) to the extent that they do now. If you didn’t like a book, you might have thrown a hissy fit and vented about what a pile of doody it was to a friend or sat down over coffee with a fellow reader and discussed the merits of the book and what you didn’t like about. Either way, you didn’t have to worry about the author walking up, mid rant, tapping you on the shoulder and trying to debate your opinion of their book with you. Conversely, social media has made authors and readers come together in a positive way where authors can become our friends and we can get excited with them about their books and share feedback. 

What I want to know: That being said– what I want to talk about is how you feel about authors commenting on your review of their book (or Goodreads/LibraryThing review). Do you feel comfortable with this? Do you enjoy when an author gives feedback about your review (good or bad) or do you think an author should just email you privately to talk about it? What experiences have you had with authors interacting with your review? As an additional question, what do you think about interaction with authors in general? Do you feel pressure if you become friends with an author and then review their book? Authors–do you like interacting on reviews of your books? Publishers– do you encourage your authors to interact or stay away? Let’s discuss!

So..take it to a vote!


My Opinion:

I’ve only really had one or two experiences with an author interacting and they have been all positive. I do interact with quite a few authors and sometimes I do feel the pressure when I review their book. I’m honest. I have to be because I don’t want to falsely advertise something just because I didn’t want an author to yell at me. I think that social media CAN make these situations sticky because it makes everything so accessible and feelings can get hurt. These situations get sticky when authors get overly emotional about it and decide to fight back and these types seem to be few and far between (the same goes for bloggers who write really nasty reviews making fun of authors and petty stuff..not a lot of them around). But I’m going to say thumbs up for this–despite the complications. I’ve seen so many instances where authors and readers can have a really great dialogue even if a reader didn’t LOVE their book. I think most authors understand that a book can’t be everything to all people. I think the positive has far outweighed the good, in my experience, as I love when I get a nice comment from an author about a book I truly enjoyed, but I think authors do need to walk away from a negative reviews if it’s going to be disrespectful of a blogger’s opinion when they took the time to engage with the text and form the opinion.

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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Memes

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.

This week I want to talk about memes. Memes have become an integral aspect of many online communities — especially in the book blogging world. A meme, by definition, a “virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea” with the idea that it is replicated by others. In the book blogging world we have many memes and it seems as though there are new ones popping up all the time. Most who have been immersed in the book blogging world have come across popular memes like In My Mailbox, Book Blogger Hop, Waiting on Wednesday and more. Memes can be weekly or monthly or yearly–such as the Best of 2010 survey I created this year.

What I want to know: Do you participate in memes? Why or why not? If you do, which ones?  How many memes are too many? Do you skip over memes in your Google Reader? Do you think memes are useful in the blogging community? Do you like seeing non-bookish memes on book blogs?


Rock that vote:


My Opinion:

It’s hard to give a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down for this one. I see the good and I see the “bad.” The only meme I participate in regularly is Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at my other blog) because I find it to be of substance and I learn a lot about the other participants from their bookish lists AND it’s always a good discussion starter. I participate in In My Mailbox from time to time. I’ve discovered some of my favorite blogs through seeing similar interests on lists. When I first started out blogging in June, I did participate in the Blog Hop. I find memes to be fun and useful but I also find them mildly irritating from time to time. I think memes are useful when you are new as they really help you to find other bloggers and ease your way in to the bookish community. I think memes are a casual way to get to know others and I think they do provide a little content for when you don’t have a book review. I personally just don’t like going to a blog and seeing meme after meme. They are fun but I’m looking for some substance in a book blog. That’s just me though. I typically skip over some memes in my Google Reader if I’m just not that interested. It doesn’t annoy me. I just skip over them. The blogs I follow all have great content so if they have a meme or two a week, I’m cool with that. Sometimes I will comment on the meme if I glance over it and see something interesting brought up. I think memes can be a great uniting force in making the book blogging community come together but I DO get overwhelmed by how many memes are out there. A lot of them are great but I’ve just chosen to not participate.

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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Rating Systems

 Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions

Many bloggers have developed a rating system by which they give a numerical value (or letter grade) to each book. Many bloggers get really creative and create their own systems and spell out what a certain star/grade means to them if they designate a book with that rating. I’ve also seen some bloggers not have any star/grade ratings and just let their reviews speak for themselves and talk about who they’d recommend them for.


What I Want to Know: Bloggers, do you utilize some sort of rating systems? Why do you like them? What do they look like? Do you ever find any limitations with them? Non-bloggers, do you find rating systems helpful?

Are you a fan of rating systems/do you use one? Vote thumbs up or thumbs down. 



My Opinion:

I’m a thumbs up because I do utilize a star rating system–just a simple 1-5 stars because that was what I saw on the majority of blogs when I started in June. I’m on the fence though. Sometimes I have such a hard time being consistent with my star ratings. I feel conflicted that a book that might be a guilty pleasure, non-thinking sort of reading might be a 5 star as far as pure enjoyment and fun but then also give a 5 star to some book that was just a beautiful piece of work that shook me to my core and made me think about a lot of things. I’ve seen some bloggers have a breakdown of things like (plot, characters, overall experience, writing, etc.) and that seems like a good route but I wonder if I’m too lazy to do that. Also, another limitation with rating systems, is sometimes I feel like it’s not as simple as giving it a number. There are certain books that just don’t fit underneath the constraints of my rating system. That’s why I’ve been trying to have a “final thought” at the end where I sum up my thoughts and give my recommendations. A 5 star book from me doesn’t necessarily mean I would recommend it to EVERYONE given the variety of what I read which reflects my readers. I loved certain YA books that I wouldn’t hand to readers of only adult fiction.

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