Something has been on my mind a lot lately and then when Shannon Hale actually posted it on her blog, I knew I was on to something. Maybe you haven't noticed, but there have been several books that I have chosen *not* to give a rating - usually because I don't typically read that genre and I don't feel like I can confidently judge whether it was good or not. What I mean is, just because it's not something I enjoy doesn't mean it's not a really well written book and I feel like I don't want to give 2 stars to a book that probably is great but just isn't what I like. Make sense?
So, I am getting rid of my "star" system. Of course, you an always tell from reading my review what I thought about the book. But, for fun, I like my friend Bethany's idea of giving an award to books that she just really loves. AND SO, I am announcing:
If you see it, you know I loved it:) I spent a lot of time deciding on the wording, "just the right place for this little bird to spend some time." That's because there are books I've read that amazing and deep and thought provoking, yet sometimes harsh and painful (The Road and East of Eden kept coming to mind). And yet other times, they are just so perfectly fluffy and fun and full of genuine romance that they make me want to jump for joy. And I love BOTH kinds. So often, the way I feel about a book has much to do with where I am at in life at the time. Thus, the award is more of a "the combination of this book and my life right now was stellar in every way." But rest assured, if it's not well written, it won't be awarded. I'm going to retroactively go back and tag all my "5 star" books with a "comfy tree award" tag so I can easily access all the books that thrilled me.
What's your thoughts on how to rate books? Do you do awards? Stars? ratings out of 5 or 100? Why did you choose to do it that way?