I Have a Confession to Make: I Write in my Books

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I know what you’re thinking, and I’d like to start this post by saying that what I decide to do with the books I own is my choice and doesn’t harm you in any way ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, now that that is out of the way: hello friends! Chances are that this isn’t the first time you’ve heard me say that I love to annotate my books. In fact, I wrote a whole post about how my annotation process helps facilitate my review process last year!

Angelica @ Paperback princess
Kal another amazing post. If you can do another which gets into the nitty gritty of what you actually annotate would be so helpful!

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The Most Emotional Books I’ve Read

Patreon Adventures where the topic is decided by my Patrons over on Patreon. Once a month I add an extra post to my schedule, and it could be about anything.

It’s been awhile since the last Patreon Adventure and for that I am sorry! One of my biggest goals for 2020 is to remain committed to this particular series because it is so much fun to have some content driven by the people who visit!

This month we are talking about EMOTIONAL BOOKS. The books that made me FEEL ALL THE THINGS, both positive and negative! Many thanks to Destiny @ Howling Libraries for suggesting this post topic and to my patrons for casting your votes!

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I have the memory of a goldfish so I annotate while reading

I am not joking when I say that I have the memory of a goldfish. I don’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday or whether or not I actually liked The Night Circus when I read it in 2015. Every summer, I always struggle to remember exactly what I watched the night before on Big Brother when having my gossip sessions with Paul at work. So it goes without saying that taking notes while reading is a must for me.

As I’ve settled into my role of Book Reviewer, I have fine tuned my annotation process quite a bit to help facilitate the review process. It now involves a color-coded system based on the things that heavily influence my reading experience. CW @ The Quiet Pond expressed an interest in my process a couple of months ago, and I thought this would make for an interesting discussion post – so here is my annotation process!

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Things that Make Me Pick Up a Book

If you’ve ever looked through the upcoming releases on Edwelweiss, chances are that you’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of books being released in your preferred genres. According to a 2013 Forbes article, there are anywhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published each year in the United States alone. Which is exciting because there will be a book for every reading, but it’s also way more books than we can read in a lifetime!

With so many books to choose from, how do you choose which books to look at? Which ones to read? I thought I would make a list of the things that draw me to a book, as well as some of the themes and tropes I can’t get enough of.

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Why I’ve done away with Star Ratings for Reviews on my blog

This month’s topic is about our thoughts on rating systems. You can follow along on the discussion by checking #DiscussionAttic and #DAApril for our monthly topic on Twitter.

This is a really timely discussion topic for me because the subjectivity of star ratings has been on my mind a lot over the past few months. My approach to reviewing has always been rooted in my experience as a scholar in the humanities: I have an Overly Verbose Brand and a lot of feelings. I am much more of a qualitative thinker and have such a hard time distilling that into a simple rating.

It also doesn’t help that there isn’t a guideline provided to standardize the rating system, so it is open for a lot of interpretation. Back when I first started my blog, I put together a Ratings scale so that my readers (and the publishers I work with) understood my own personal scale. But over time I came to realize that rather than adapting to my rating system, readers defaulted to their own.

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