All posts tagged: goodreads

How I use the 5-Star rating system on Goodreads

Originally posted on The Fault in Our Blogs:
Most book reviewers believe in some way that rating all books on the same scale of 1 to 5 is messy. For example, what am I supposed to do when I just read a really good fantasy book that is nothing like any of the literary fiction picks that dominate my shelves? What do those five stars even MEAN? Why are there only five? Why is rating books even important? Over time I stopped putting 1 to 5 ratings on my blog reviews, because I think the definition of what those stars mean varies too much from person to person. What I use the star ratings for is very specific and probably doesn’t matter much to most of my readers. On goodreads, when you’re asked to give your review, you can mouse over the stars and see what each tier is supposed to mean: One star is “did not like it” Two stars is “it was ok” Three stars is “liked it” Four is “really liked it”…

What To Get Your Book Lover For Christmas!!

Originally posted on Book Enthral:
GUY IT’S CHRISTMAS GIFT BUYING TIME!!! I actually love Christmas. I know everyone says it’s their favourite time of the year but it?is?my favourite time of the year! I like it over my birthday! Here in Australia, Christmas falls right in Summer, and my parent’s house is right on the beach so for like the week or so I spend at their’s it’s just food, presents, sunbaking, surfing and reading. STRAIGHT UP PARADISE. I thought, in spirit of my favourite time of the year, and in preparation for the start of me going full speed ahead on prezzie buying, I would make a list of all the awesome bookish things you could get your book lover for Christmas! Or if your like me and don’t really have any book lovers in your life expect yourself, you can forward this list onto your friends and family for yourself! BOOKS! This one’s a given for your Book Lover! Just check their Goodreads to-read list and pick a couple of books that you…

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Originally posted on The Fault in Our Blogs:
Title: More Happy Than Not Author: Adam Silvera Publisher: Soho Press Pub Date: June 2, 2015 Format: Hardcover Pages: 293 Source: Purchased Synopsis: In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if…

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Originally posted on Blu Chicken Ninja  Rating: 5 / 5 stars Format: Hardback Published: 13th August 2015 Book Depository | Goodreads Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there. But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war. You know how sometimes you read a book that gives you all the feels but then it takes those feels and jumps on them and mashes them into tiny pieces. That was The Long …

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Originally posted on Blu Chicken Ninja Rating: 5 / 5 stars Format: Paperback Published: 16th August 2011 Book Depository | Goodreads In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. So the first thing I’m going to say is part of the reason why I was so surprised by this book is that I picked it entirely based on the cover. Read more…