Yesterday's topic was:
My Ratings System
I have not really spent too much time thinking about this, if I am being honest. While I do give books ratings, I am not sure I have a set list in my head of what causes a book to be a certain number of stars. Should I have something like that? Yikes, I suppose I don't know... Honestly, the book has to be pretty close to perfect (in my eyes) to receive five stars. This means that I loved everything about the book; plot, characters, wording, ending. Sure, it might have some flaws, but they are not enough to make me take away a star.
Four stars is what I give most often. I know that some people hate bloggers like me (sorry) because I give a lot of books 4 stars. However, it is MY opinion, and it is MY decision. If I like a book, and it only has a few things wrong with it, then I see no problem with giving the book a four. If it kept me interested and everything made plenty of sense, then I think that it deserves that much. I know that everyone does not see that the same, though.
I would say that a three stars means that I just thought the book was okay. I was able to finish it, and I did not mind it too much, but I wasn't in love with it. Perhaps it took me awhile to get through it because I put it down, which means that it was not keeping me interested. Still, a three isn't bad, it's just not my favorite. Two stars is for a book that I really did not enjoy. I made it all the way through, but there were things about it that I did not like reading. Perhaps the plot or characters were not well put together, or not believable. Those are major issues for me, and would result in the book receiving a two.
The one star rating is mostly saved for those books that I did not finish, if I give them a rating. I feel that it at least deserves one star, because it has to have something good about it. More likely than not, it was just not a type of book that I really enjoy, and that is not the author's fault. Still, I can't really rate it higher than that if I was not even able to make it through the book.
Today's topic is:
My Favorite Book Blogging Things
This seems like a really broad topic, so I am not sure what I am really supposed to talk about here...I suppose that I will just wing it and assume that I'm following the prompt! (There doesn't really seem to be a right or wrong answer, so win!)
1. Meeting other bloggers. This is probably my favorite thing about book blogging. I get to meet and talk to other book nerds, and that's pretty exciting! You guys get me, and think that I'm mostly normal for knowing more books titles and authors than anything else (that's normal, right?). It's fun to have a whole group of people that I can relate to and that are there with support when it's needed.
2. Booktube. Now, I have a booktube channel, but it's been ages since I've updated it. After the school year started I haven't had time between teaching, lesson planning, and my hour drive back and forth to work every day. I do, however, enjoy watching other booktuber's videos almost daily. Book hauls are really fun to watch, but I will watch pretty much any videos by my favorite booktubers.
3. BOOKS. I have to admit, one of the best things about book blogging is the books that can come along with it. I have read so many amazing books that I would not have read otherwise. I didn't know that the Indie book group was so huge until I started blogging, and quickly realized that I LOVED reading these books. I've even been able to be a beta reader! I would have never done that without my blog.
4. Meeting/Talking to authors. To us, authors are our celebrities. It's like someone talking to their favorite actor when an author talks to us at a signing or replies back on Twitter or Instagram. Like I mentioned before, I was a beta reader because I became FRIENDS with the author and we messaged back and forth often on Goodreads. It's AMAZING to be able to talk to the people that write the books we love so much. And the fact that they genuinely love to talk to use is amazing.