Thursday Thoughts: Blogging Community Love (and Love-a-Thon)

Thursday Thoughts on Caught Read Handed

My favorite thing about book blogging is the community. I love being able to talk to people from all over the world who are just as passionate about books and reading as I am. We get to talk about the books we’ve read and loved (or…not loved) and no matter how excited we get over something, there are people in this community who get you. Almost everyone I’ve “met” through book blogging has been super supportive and nice and positive, and I love that.

Sometimes things get stressful or too much or you have a bad experience that gets you down. But those things are far outweighed by the times we get to connect over a shared experienced with a book or we get to interact with a favorite author on Twitter or we are shown generous amounts of support on those horrible days. I recently tweeted and said this:

And it’s true. But as much as I enjoy just being able to freely discuss what I felt about a book, it wouldn’t really be the same without all of you wonderful people. All of my followers and the people I follow. I appreciate all of you so much for supporting my blog and talking to me about books and reading and life.

This post was going to be about positivity and how a lot of the time people are really negative and create drama when it is not needed nor wanted, but then I wrote that first line and realized I didn’t want to be negative too. I don’t give in to that negativity on Twitter. You will probably never see me subtweet about something or fuel new drama about something that’s happened in the book blogging world. And I do that on purpose. There is no point to it. I would much rather push that negativity to the side and be positive, even when that negativity threatens to drown me.

This post is also a short little plug for the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon hosted by Alexa Loves Books that’s happening this weekend. Basically, it’s a weekend long event in which we all tell each other how much we love and support them. It’s dedicated to doing exactly what I said I like to do: spreading the love for blogs and bloggers. How awesome is that? It’s happening February 21 & 22, so you’ll be seeing a few posts and probably a lot of love from me this weekend. I might get a little mushy. Get over it. :p If you are interested, you can still sign up HERE on Alexa’s blog!

How do you feel about the book blogging community? Let’s try to stay positive in the comments, but I don’t mind if you want to discuss the things that get you down! I’m here for you. ❤

ALSO, while I’m spreading the love, I’m doing a giveaway for a copy of Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight over on Twitter if you want to enter!

BookBlogWriMo – My Rating System


Welcome to BookBlogWriMo day 14! The theme today is “Your Rating System.”

If you haven’t seen it before, you can find my rating system HERE. However, in case you don’t want to click that link (how rude!), I’ll also put it here for you.

10 – Perfection. One of the best books I’ve ever read
This book is very well-written. It has well-rounded characters, and I know I will re-read it in the future. It has no perceptible flaws.

9 – Practically perfect
This book has fantastic characters/plot/writing style. Pretty close to perfect.

8 – Freaking fantastic
Memorable. I really enjoyed reading it. The execution of the plot/characters was solid.

7 – Pretty good
Has flaws that are perceptible, but the story works. Entertaining and well-paced.

6 – Good, but not great
Above average, but not by much. Nothing spectacular or particularly special. The book works overall, but probably would have preferred to read something else.

5 – Take it or leave it
Not bad but not memorable. Completely average. The book suffers from stereotypes in plot or characters.

4 – Eh. This is bad
A book that is all around sub-par, though somehow has a few qualities that stopped me from hating it.

3 – Horrible; why am I reading this?
A book that I had to push through to keep reading it, and I mostly did so to say I finished it. Suffers from major problems in style/plot/characters.

2 – I’ve wasted part of my life reading this
Completely horrible and a waste of time. This means it probably had bad writing, flat characters, or huge plot holes. Just barely above being complete crap.

1 – One of the worst books I’ve ever read
I want my money and time back from buying and reading this. No good qualities whatsoever.

0 – I’m not finishing this
This speaks for itself. So bad I didn’t read the whole thing.

I think my rating system pretty much speaks for itself. A lot of the books I read fit easily into one of these categories, but you might’ve noticed that I also give half stars quite often because sometimes a book will just not quite be an 8 (freaking fantastic) but not as low as a 7 (pretty good), so I’ll give a score that lies in between like my feelings for the book did.

I base ratings on plot, writing, characters, and my own overall reaction to the book. It’s funny how sometimes I’ll finish a book and think I know how I’m going to rate a book, but when I sit down and start writing the review, my feelings for a book will change. Once I start processing my thoughts about the book, my rating can completely change. Though I will say that they won’t really drastically change; like they won’t go from a 4 to an 8 or a 9 to a 5.

What about you? How do you rate books?