(NOTE: Since I got a goodreads account, I typically don’t post reviews anymore. I didn’t post many to begin with, since I don’t think tumblr really appreciates book reviews. Too much text, I think. :P On Goodreads, my star ratings work differently. 1-3 stars is the same, but 5 stars means basically either/both of what I list below as 5 and 4 stars. 4 stars ends up being “books that weren’t as good as the ones I gave 5 stars but are still great.” Since that seems to be how other goodreads users rate things. I wanted my reviews to “fit in.” haha.)
Explanation of Stars:
★★★★★ - I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of what they like to read/their personal tastes. I believe anyone could enjoy this book. Literally anyone. (Aka this will be given away very very rarely)
★★★★☆ - I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre of book. If it’s a YA dystopian novel, then I would recommend it to you if you already like YA dystopian lit. If you are into mystery and thrillers, I wouldn’t point you in this books’ direction.
★★★☆☆ - This book was entertaining enough but is otherwise unremarkable. It was amusing or interesting in parts and boring or annoying in others. Overall - meh.
★★☆☆☆ - I personally think this book is terrible but I can understand how it could be appealing to others. I got a little bit of entertainment value out of it. Often I didn’t finish these books. I also don’t think it would do anyone any harm if they read it. Feel free to waste your time if you want.
★☆☆☆☆ - If I could go back in time and steal this book out of my hands before I ever had the chance to waste hours of my precious time reading it, I would. I may have thrown it across the room when I finally gave up on it.
Personal Biases: I get very bored with books containing mostly male characters. I can still enjoy them but they have to be SPECTACULAR for me to like them (thus I may rate them with a lower star count than you would). I also get bored with HEAVY AMOUNTS OF heterosexual romance unless it’s done exceptionally well or in a new/interesting way. I also tend to get cranky on books that treat women, lgbtq characters, etc. in a shitty way (you will hear rants!!). Most of my other biases occur in the selection of reading material, so they don’t reflect in the reviews (because those books just won’t be reviewed! ha!)
Also note: Generally (90% of the time), I read these books in audiobook form (my job lets me wear headphones). VERY RARELY does this affect my opinions, but it sometimes does. (I read a book once that I later found out had some unique stylistic stuff in the print version to designate which character was speaking. All the Amazon reviews said it added to the reading experience, and I wonder if I would have enjoyed the book more if they had been present, since I got confused sometimes about who was speaking.)
If there is a book you think I should read, send me an ask and let me know!! I absolutely LOVE book recommendations.
(Interested in a list of books I plan on reading soon? Click here.)
Books in Alphabetical Order:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - ★★★★☆ - YA Fantasy
Eve by Anna Carey - ★★☆☆☆ - YA Dystomance
The Map of Time by Felix J Palma - ★★★★½ - 19th Century Steampunk-ish Science Fiction Drama?
One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin - ★★★½☆ - Diplomatic Fantasy / Romance
Pure by Julianna Baggott - ★★★★☆ - YA Dystopian