Wednesday Recommendations

Good Wednesday to you!

Once a week, I will be posting links to other sites or articles I like! (I realize it’s a bit pointless now, since I only have about three followers, but just go with it).

Today’s article is:

YA Bookstop’s review of Divergent!

http://yabookstop.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/divergent/

I love this book so much.  And this review is great!  Take a look!

(Update on Gone review: I have a draft written, but I need to edit it a few times so it’s PERFECT.  It’ll be up by tomorrow at the latest).

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Ratings System

It has come to my attention that I have not yet created a ratings system for the books I will be reviewing.  Or more accurately, I have, but haven’t yet explained it.  Here are the different rankings I will be giving books:

Great– These are the books I love.  The books I couldn’t live without.  The books that I will gush and gush about.  The books that changed my life in some great way.  These are not your run-of-the-mill books.  These are a cut above the rest.  Needless to say, you should read every book in this category.

Very Good– These books were gripping and/or fun.  They made me laugh, cry, or scream.  They made me tear frantically through the pages to get to the end.  While I love these books and highly recommend them, they are missing that certain something that would bump them up to “great.”

Good– These books were all right.  I enjoyed reading them, I suppose, but they’re nothing special.  There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with them.  The poor things tried, but they couldn’t quite make it.  Sure, read them, but only if you have nothing better to do.

Not So Good– These books were rather mediocre.  Sure, there may have been a redeeming quality or two.  Perhaps there was a fun character, or a fascinating concept.  All in all, though, they were not enjoyable reads.  If you happen to come across one at the library, go ahead and read it, but I wouldn’t spend money on it.

Bad– These books are, in some way, AWFUL.  Maybe they’re riddled with plot holes, or they’re long without being entertaining, or their message is laid on a little too thick.  Whatever it is, they’re unpleasant, and they stink of rotting creativity.  If you see any of these books, back away slowly and take deep breaths.  If these books approach you, try playing dead.

More Info

I was looking at my introduction, and it seemed to be missing a couple of things.  Here is some more information about what I’ll be doing:

1. Spoiler policy-My reviews will definitely contain spoilers.  I will try to put warnings when necessary, but I may forget.  If you catch a spoiler, please notify me in the comments.

2. Content-I will generally be reviewing books intended for teenagers, but I will occasionally review more adult literature (for example, I’m planning to do a Stephen King month this summer).  Basically, I will just be reviewing whatever I happen to be reading.

3. Updates-Until the school year ends, I will try to update once a week at least.  In the summer, updates will be more frequent, depending on how long it takes me to finish the book I’m reading.

I’ll try to post my review of Caroline Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton sometime tomorrow.  My review of Gone will be up later this week.  Until then, please remember I exist.  Thank you!

Introduction to This Blog

Hello Internet denizens!  I see you have somehow stumbled upon my blog.  Read more for an explanation of its purpose.

This blog is mostly a thought/writing exercise for me.  I would like to do some sort of writing thing for a career someday, and I’m told good writers practice often.  Unfortunately, whenever I try to write something constructive or creative, I’ll get distracted.  One thing I never get tired of, though, is spewing my opinions about books at people.  Thus, this blog was born.

I am doing this to become a better writer, so I welcome any and all constructive criticism.  (Note: “lol ur blog sux and ur gay” does not count as constructive.  Any comments of this nature will be deleted and/or snarked at).  I know it’s hard to do this over the internet, but please try to be polite.  I will be polite to polite people and rude to rude people.

Fair warning: I consider myself an intersectional feminist and will be commenting on issues of race, gender, sexuality, and other marginalized identities.  If you do not think these issues are valid and wish to engage in a debate with someone, go on Tumblr.  I will not debate this with you because it will be stressful and ultimately fruitless.  I reserve the right to delete any comments I do not wish to respond to. That being said, if you disagree with my criticism of a certain book, I will gladly listen to what you have to say.  Comments promoting racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other sort of bigotry will not be tolerated.

Thank you for reading!  My first review (of Michael Grant’s novel Gone) will be posted soon!