I forgot to make my Wednesday post and because I have been slumping I have struggled to keep up. I decided to change thing up and do a book tag. I recently say Riley from rmfickfck on youtube do this tag (check out her video) and I liked the questions so thought I would sneek in my own answers. The tag was originally created by Headless Reader on Youtube
1) Do you keep a list of the books you have read?
Yes, I keep several formats! I am an organisation junkie. I have both my Bullet Journal and on Goodreads .
2) If you record stats, what stats do you record?
Yes my Bullet Journal is filled with stats! I record the number of pages I read on the Day, Week and month. I also track the books I have read and the Genre, Author gender identification, if it was own voices, and the series I am working on.
3) Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?
I use the 5 star rating because that’s what Goodreads uses my personal Star ratings are as follows:
1 Star: It just wasn’t for me. Not every book can be the perfect read for me. It may be problematic or it may just be I just wasn’t in the mood for it or I personally didn’t gel with the writing and that’s OK.
2 Stars: It was an OK book. It wasn’t good but it was readable. It just didn’t stand out to me. It can also be for “cheeseburger books”. A “cheeseburger book” is a book that is problematic/bad writing but it is oh so addictive to read – what some might call guilty pleasure books.
3 Stars: This book was nothing overly special but it was a good read and I enjoyed it. to me 3 stars is still a good rating, the book is just not a favourite. Not making it onto my re-read pile
4 Stars: A great book it was just lacking a little oomf, a missing spark to push it to 5 stars. They are still likely to get a re-read at some point but not immediately.
5 Stars: I LOVED the book!
This book goes straight onto the re-read pile.
4) Do you review books?
I do! Your reading my blog, you can read my reviews below!
I will say I don’t write a full review for books that get 2 stars or less. Most of the time books are low rated because personally, they are just not my cup of tea. I don’t see the need to be overly negative towards someones creative work. Writing is hard and I don’t need to rain on that authors achievements just because I didn’t like a character or a writing style etc. The only exception is if I feel the content is problematic or dangerous, then I will speak out and review these books. So If you see a book with a 2 star rating I really have felt a need to speak out about its content.
5) Where do you put your finished books?
They go back on the shelves with every other book. I don’t separate my TBR out of my read books I like them all mingled.
6) How do you pick your next book?
If I am not doing a readathon where I have set out prompts, I will just pick what jumps out at me. I am a real mood reader and I will grab what jumps out at me be it a re-read or one of my TBR books.
7) Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?
I fill in my bullet journal, I like to print out stickers for each book cover on my TBR and add them in to a running tally page to give a nice visual of the books i have been reading through the year.
I also fill in my goodreads. I write notes for my review (I am trying to catch up on them) and I also tend to tell my husband about it. My husband like to consume stories through video games (check out his gaming based blog/podcast) so we will often openly discuss the storylines of our current reads/games without worrying about spoilers etc. Once I find time I also write my review (again I promise I am catching up with those).
Seeing as I am still finding my feet in interacting with others in the community I am just placing an open ended tag! If you want to do this tag please feel free to do it and then comment with a link so I can read it!