August 27, 2010

Book Blog Hop/ Follow Friday #4

Book Blogger HopThe blog hop is hosted by Jennifer by It's a fun way to discover to new blogs and make new online friends. This week's question:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?
No, I don't use a rating system. Why not? Because I tend to like everything I read, so it would nearly always be a 4 or a 5. I typically just like to keep my reviews limited to just my opinions on a book. I'm not really good at rating things. I will rate them on goodreads, but it's really weird for me to put a number value on my opinion of a book. If there's a book I don't like, I'll just say I don't like it, but I don't really need a rating to say that.

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee!

This week's featured follower is Book Ge3k. She loves to watch anime and loves all things Japanese. Awesome, so do I! She just started her blog in July, so give her some love.

Oh yeah, there was a question for this one. What is the first book that I remember reading? The one I remember most vividly was "Are You My Mother?" about this little bird that got lost and is looking for it's mother. I had my mom read that to me every night. I also remember a lot of Sesame St. books, especially Cars, Trains, and Airplanes or something to that effect. I still have most of these books. I hope they'll still be relevant when I have children (I keep pushing the number of years back every time I have to go to work).


Tina (Book Couture) said...

Hey! I'm from the blog hop.

Your blog is wonderful! I think our rating systems are quite similar. :D I'm looking forward to reading more from you, so I've newly followed. ;)

Hope you have a lovely Friday!
●▬▬▬๑۩Tina @ Book Couture۩๑▬▬▬▬●


Naajela- Glad someone agrees with me! Apparently a lot of people look for the rating and don't bother to read the review if it got a bad rating. Books are so subjective, I think the reader needs to read the review. Find out if it's even a subject they like. I've found several suspense novels that sound great but they have serial killers in it. Forget it- don't do serial killers after living in Florida for so long. Seems they migrate there. But right now, I'm reading a mystery series to review for an author and it's terrific. However, if you don't like mystery even if I gave it five stars you aren't going to like it. My site is YA, but I stray ever now and again-need some variety. The character is biracial and lives with a Creek Native American living on her land. She's so determined about saving her ancestral home that she's willing to do illegal things to save her home. I love the series so far and enjoy the break.

Anyway, did you have the summer off? I know Fall semester must be starting again. I'm envious. I loved school. I'd go back if I could afford it.

Have a great hop!


Najela said...

@Tina: Thanks for stopping by. I'll stop by your blog as well. Thanks for following.

@Buried in Books: I know. I was starting to get a little nervous with not having ratings, but I'm glad there's a few people out there that don't rate their books. I typically read YA as well, but I do read adult books on occasions, but very rarely. There is just something about the immediacy of YA that just appeals to me. That story sounds interesting. I can read any genre as long as the writing is good. I tend to get sucked into genres by good stories, like Hunger Games, I'm obsessed with dystopias and Leviathan has me obsessed with steampunk.

I took summer session, 2 classes a session both five weeks each. (in fact I should be studying right now) We don't start until Sept 21, we're on the quarter system.

Thanks, have a good hop too. =)

Little Miss Becky :) said...

Hello! Hopping through! This looks like a great site---I'll be checking in often :) I love you banner...this is one of my favorite fonts!!:) (Yes, I'm a font addict as well as a book addict!)

Anonymous said...

Hi! Happy Friday! Stopping by for the blog hop! Have a wonderful day!
Check out for my answer to this week’s blog hop question and a movie clip :)

Alison said...

Hopping through. I know what you mean about liking almost everything. Most of my ratings are a 3.5 or a 4 - most often a 4. I usually don't read a book unless I think I'll like it.
New follower.
My Hop

Jinky said...

Hoppin' by from FF.

Enjoy your weekend!


Danielle said...

Happy Follow Friday!

I'm stopping by to say hello. I'm now a follower.

Have a great weekend!!

Lesa said...

New Follower. Saying hi and be sure to check out my weekly meme Book Review of the Week


Beverly said...

Hey there! Just hopping by! If you have a chance, stop by The Wormhole and check out my 300 follower giveaway! Happy reading – have a great weekend!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thanks for this post!

Bill ;-)
Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
and forthcoming "The Homeplace Revisited" Spring 2011

danya said...

Hi, just returning your hop! I use a 5-star rating system but I do find it difficult to decide on a rating sometimes, so I see your point :) Overall I think it is helpful in giving the reader a general idea of my impression of the book, but to see what I thought of it in detail, they'd have to read the review.

TheBookishSnob said...

Happy Friday!! Well said about the ratings. I do however have a blush rating to give those reading the review an idea on how steamy a book gets. I've always wished that a "sex rating" was included because it prepares me for what kind of scenes I might find. So it was the first rating I set up when I started.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and come visit if you have some free time :D

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

Stopping by for the Hop & Follow.

I just recently started using a rating system, but I'm not sure if I want to keep it. It's hard to rate books, and it is my opinion, and, well, what if it's the type of book you like and I said it sucked?

Emidy (Une Parole) said...

Hey Najela, thanks a lot for visiting and following my blog earlier!

I love your layout, and I can't wait to come back for more! So you'll see me around. Have a great weekend.

abitosunshine said...

I don't care for book rating either and only do so when a site I post the review requires it.

Blessings & a bit o' sunshine!

Jordyn said...

Hopping over...

I'm so interested to see all the bloggers who DON'T use rating systems... I was previously under the impression that nearly everyone did! I do like blogs that say WHY they weren't to fond of a book instead of just assigning it a star rating... because ratings are always so subjective!

Ten Cent Notes

danya said...

Hi, just hopping by again to let you know I've given you an award
here !


Hey hope I drove a little traffic your way. But I think you've done your own work. Looks like you'll hit 100 next week! I have a book called Nevermore coming this week that not many people seem to know about. It's based on Edgar Allan Poe and a boy obsessed with his work who seems to be being pulled into his works and the girl who is falling for him who is trying to save him. I love Poe, so I'm excited about it. I'm going to try to read it this week and post a review of it so everyone can run out and buy a copy! (If it is good)! Heather

pussreboots said...

Happy weekend. Come see what my rating system is.


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