3 star reviews

I have finally come to realize that not all books deserve a five star review. The rating system on Goodreads is 1-5, with 1 being hated it, and 5 being loved it. A 3 review is just ok.

I used to rate the books as 5 if I liked them. Then, I read an ARC that wasn’t my typical genre and I wasn’t thrilled with it. The book was written well enough, but just wasn’t to my liking. I couldn’t give it a 5 star rating because I really didn’t love it. There was nothing really wrong with the book itself, but it just didn’t speak to me. In the ARC instructions, it is requested that we email the author before giving a poor rating. I realized that a 3 star review isn’t really a poor rating, and it was honest. I got a thank you message from the author for the review. I didn’t feel like I could be fair to the author, since it’s the genre and not the writing that I disliked. I decided that I would no longer read her ARCs, but I sent her a friend of mine who loves that genre and the friend will read the ARC in the future. Problem solved.

I am not feeling guilty about giving less than 5 stars. I do think a long time before giving a 1 or 2 star rating, though. What didn’t I love about the book? If the answer is, “it wasn’t my style,” I give it a higher rating. And, yes, I have given 1 & 2 star ratings, but they are well thought out and I always write about why I disliked it. I feel like I’m being fair to the author.

Adjusting the goal

According to my Goodreads account, I have completed 60 of my 75 books for my annual goal.  I went and counted and I have read 15 children’s books so far this year.  I wasn’t expecting to read that many when I set the goal.  Adding the 15 to my originally planned 75 books would make the count 90, so I’ll be changing the goal to 100.  It shows that I am 24 books ahead, so I’ll be ok, I think.

Changing the goal to 100 makes me only 12 books ahead of schedule.  Still well above where I thought I’d be.

Adjusting my reading goal

Because I read several children’s books, my completed book count is higher than I expected it to be.  I think I may have to adjust my reading goal to 100 to compensate for the 10 or so children’s books I have read in the past week.  I am more than halfway to the 100 already, and the year isn’t even halfway over.  I think I can do it.  I may wait until I am further ahead to adjust it, so it’s not overwhelming to me.

BBC book challenge quiz

how many have you read?

Take the quiz above and see how many of these 100 BBC books you’ve read.

I have read fifteen.

Below is the list.  It’s long.  The quiz is easier to read through.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
3
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (All)
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (All)
5
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
6
The Bible
The Bible
7
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
8
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
9
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
12
Tess of the D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
14
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Complete Works of Shakespeare
15
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
19
The Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Middlemarch – George Eliot
21
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
23
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
26
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
29
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
31
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
32
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34
Emma – Jane Austen
Emma – Jane Austen
35
Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Persuasion (Jane Austen)
36
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
37
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
38
Captain Corelli's Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
  41
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell
42
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
46
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
49
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
50
Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
51
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
53
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
55
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
58
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
59
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
60
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
61
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
63
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
67
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding)
69
Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Dracula – Bram Stoker
73
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson
74
Notes From a Small Island - Bill Bryson
Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
75
Ulysses - James Joyce
Ulysses – James Joyce
76
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
77
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78
Germinal – Emile Zola
Germinal – Emile Zola
79
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80
Possession (Byatt)
Possession (Byatt)

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Butt Atlas (David Mitchell)
83
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
84
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
85
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
86
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87
Charlotte's Web - EB White (E.B. White)
Charlotte’s Web – EB White (E.B. White)
88
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
89
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90
The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92
The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Exupery
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery
93
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94
Watership Down - Richard Adams
Watership Down – Richard Adams
95
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
99
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
100
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Goodreads message from Keanu

I got a message from Keanu Reeves on Goodreads.    He first asked me how old I am.  I refused to answer that one.  Then “I’m Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian-American actor and musician… wish to know you as a friend if you don’t mind are you married or single, what is your religion, what you do for a living…”  I informed him that I don’t discuss religion.

“i just opened this to chat only my fans and make sure there are all safe if you don’t mind us being friends, because I believe friendship is about sharing ideas and experiences with each other. Hope am safe chatting with you? So have you washed my movies?”

I informed him that I had watched Keanu Reeves movies, but I had no idea who I was talking to.  “I’m Keanu Charles Reeves, i just opened this to chat only my fans and make sure there are all safe if you don’t mind us being friends only if you are my fans…”

I assured him that I am fine, and maybe he should check on some of his other “fans.”

I love messing with trolls.