Crap Critiquing Skills

I’ve been thinking about my ratings lately.

I love how people toss them out or definitely have an actual system.

I don’t, my three cups of coffee for a thriller or fantasy means it was pretty good, not great.

Three coffees on a poetry book means it was probably a bit boring at parts.

2 coffees is usually not great, sometimes I give things higher ratings if I think that it’s more enjoyable for a target audience I wasn’t included in. Like let’s face it, I’m not 16, but sixteen years old me might have loved it more, and if that’s the case, up the rating goes, who the hell am I to judge if a YA book is good for YA or not?

[UNLESS I think it’s harmful, or just does not promote something important for teen girls, such as when a book uses pop feminism to somehow put down other kinds of girls. That’s not cool. That’s not how it works. Okay, different tangent for a different day but there you have it in miniature so you know where I’m coming from! Don’t teach girls and boys abusive relationships are cool, don’t teach boys it’s not okay to cry, and don’t make it seem like makeup doesn’t make you a genuine person and I won’t hate your novel lol]

I also tend to just enjoy so much. Again unless it has issues that I realize, and sometimes I don’t’ realize something is an issue because I’ve never thought of it and I have to look to my fellow readers/writers/bloggers for support and learn and grow, I tend to just give books good ratings.

So, really, the fact of the matter is, I am crap at critiquing.

But is that a huge problem? Hmm maybe, maybe not but book blogging has forced me to think of my reviews more as I’m writing and before I post. I want to make sure I at least attempt a pros and cons list when I can, to show readers things that may not suit them despite my positive review but sometimes I just don’t have that much to say about the book! However, I promise guys, I really am learning as I go. So maybe it is a huge problem and a lot of you are like ‘Haley why do you love everything’ but I am trying to be more objective.

I also know that when I do remember (even if it’s after a review has gone live) I do try to post content and/or trigger warnings. NOT so much on a book whose plot clearly states this is gonna be dark, such as like say a thriller about serial killers told in the first person. But if it’s a book that’s like ‘oh yes a mystery, let’s see what happens’ and then boom gore upon gore, then I do try to remember to let you all know. So again, growth. Things I didn’t usually think about before have to be on the forefront for me. Because I know sometimes I appreciate the content warnings if I’m not expecting a book to have anything in gross detail. For me, people can’t really give trigger warnings for my sorts of triggers but I do try to remember things I think will generally be good to warn ahead, violence, deaths, drug/alcohol usage, abuse of any sort, but if you ever see a book you think should have more warning to it, please let me know, I’ll always appreciate that.

I’m about to write up my Crown of Feathers review and I know I’ll be warning about animal deaths and such, I don’t want someone to pick up a book because of me and be traumatized, that’s not my goal for those who are kind enough to read my blog.

So I guess what I’m saying is, thank you all for putting up with me being on a steep learning curve. I may be crap at critiquing but I’m always going to better myself for you all. However I think we’ll just have to all accept that I’m too easygoing with books, I just tend to like what I read. [Except for the time I don’t, and then I turn into a very salty and smarmy book blogger].

Thank you all, promise I’ll keep trying to grow.

Toodles

The Currently Reading Tag

Not sure who to tag for the creation of this tag (let me know if you know!) but I shall go ahead and tag Kal @ Reader Voracious as she tagged me [Thanks Kal!!!]. Also, used tag 4x in that, I’m impressed with me already.

How Many Books Do You Usually Read At Once?

I usually can only read one fully at once, the drive in me to finish what I start is high, buuuut, occasionally I may up to 2 or 3 at once. Right now though I’m on beat back the NetGalley mode and I’m just reading one at a time and chucking them in a pile lol.

How Do You Decide When To Switch Between Multiple Reads?

So, if a book is just going slow paced, I may switch after a chapter, or if it’s not slow paced but the chapters are 20+ pages, I may like to switch between that and a much shorter book which I will inevitably finish in a sitting and have somehow managed to just read one at a time again in the end lol.

Do You Ever Switch Bookmarks Partway Through A Book?

No, but I don’t really use bookmarks unless I am reading more than say two at once. Also, I mean I just memorise the page number. *Shrug*

Where Do You Keep the Book(s) You’re Currently Reading?

My Kindle goes where I go in the house, I suppose actual books are either on the nightstand or the side table in the living room. I do not have a fancy or special place for current or tbr books.

What Time Of Day Do You Read The Most?

Night time, I have time during the day but the problem is that my time is divided between blog hopping, writing blog posts, doing chores and cooking, and so I usually put off reading until night time.

How Long Do You Typically Read In One Session?

Uh….a couple of hours usually? But can totally be more, some nights I’ll read 3/4 hours depends on how tired I am, the pacing of the book, and uh, if I just plain feel like it lol.

Do You Read Hardbacks With the Dust Jacket Off?

Who keeps them on? I mean I suppose if you’re out and about but I think the dust jackets are too pretty, and reading in bed they just slide about and annoy the crap out of me.

What Position Do You Mainly Use To Read?

Uhhhh sitting up? I…Idk, laying down but sitting up? Omg lol this question is making me think too much.

Do You Take Your Current Read With You Everywhere You Go?

If I’m going on the train, sure, but I tend to get carsick while reading too much unless laying down in the car so that’s a no for me on regular travel I suppose. I always bring books with me when I go somewhere for holiday but chances are that I won’t read lol.

How often Do You Update Your Goodreads Reading Progress?

Too much. I am that annoying person who updates every time she picks up the book unless I know it’s going to be a lot during the day, most of the time I try to exert self-control but that rarely works out for me. [*NetGalley list looms in background*] I actually love GR for that reason, updating progress, it’s great when I put a book down for a while and since I don’t use bookmarks much, I can just go look up what page I was on if I’ve forgotten.

Tagging:

Jayati

Kristina

Isabelle

And everyone else who wants to do it!

Toodles!

Versatile Blogger Award

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award, congrats!
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate those for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, list 7 things about yourself.

 

FIRST OFF

Thank you, Samfor the tag!! ❤ If you don’t follow her, go do so, she’s amazing and awesome and so are her posts.


  1. I play 8 instruments. [Well, you don’t play your voice but is technically an instrument, damn it] My main instrument was voice with violin and piano as my minor instruments.
  2. I am not quite nearly bilingual but almost there. My Pops speaks Spanish, our family is Tejano on his side, we were there [in Texas] before the fake cowboys 😉 and my Mother speaks Italian. I can read and write Spanish better than I speak it and like most lazy children of ethnically diverse families, I understand what my parents say to me in Spanish, I just answer in English. This also drove my Spanish grammar professor insane. I don’t know how he didn’t harpoon me. Oh, that’s right, I have a minor in Spanish. Ironically enough I can pronounce everything under the sun in Italian but I don’t always know what I’m saying buahaha. So my Italian skills are not nearly as good as my Spanish ones.
  3. I was a substitute teacher. I mostly filled in for history classes (another minor of mine, oh yes I had two minors on my degree and two minor instruments) I hated it at first but in the end, was quite sad to leave my students. I speak teenager (I.E.: We had movie Fridays and they knew the drill, ‘snitches get stitches just not from me’)
  4. I am half Italian, half Tejano/Mexican and I am pale as the moon with dark auburn hair. (Which used to be just red) So you know, I got some weird looks at family reunions from the distant cousins I never met, a lot of ‘Enrique, who is this?’ ‘Uh…that’s my daughter, you know, the third one in the line up’
  5. I have spent the majority of my young adult life as a single mom. I only have had a partner in raising my daughter since meeting my husband (and this is still a new process to us, the whole family unit of mom, dad, and spawn)[For those curious, got married super early, he was a douche canoe who doesn’t try to contact so, eh]
  6. I have sung on stage with Gil McKinney, Sam and Dean’s handsome gramps on Supernatural. AND. He complimented me on my harmonies, there’s a video floating around on Tumblr of it lmfao.
  7. I like to cook. But I fuckin hate baking. I will walk 4 miles for a cupcake before I whip some up. I don’t know why you all would want to know this, but now you do.

I honestly am not sure I could list 15 blogs that haven’t been tagged, so I’m just going to tag people I’m not sure have done it and we’ll see how many I get. [If you’ve done it already or don’t want to, ignore this! If you want to and you’re not tagged, let me know and I’ll tag you!]