Mythology and Gods

Oh. My. Gods.

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I ran into this book as part of a mythology list. I loved the book! I guessed at the ending early on, but I still loved it. The characters were well rounded and the story was great. I finished it hoping that there was a sequel. There is! I will be working on it soon. I hope the sequel is just as good.

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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.

These Witches Don’t Burn, by Isabel Sterling

More Pride Month Books

These Witches Don't BurnThese Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It was well written and kept me interested from the moment I started it. It showed up on a list of LGBT books during pride month. The LGBT aspect was important, but the story didn’t dwell on it. It was just mentioned as it needed to come up. Just like real life.

I loved that it was a mystery and I didn’t figure it out too early. I suspected all the wrong people, so it felt like a fun challenge. I needed to know who was responsible, so I kept going back to it. It didn’t feel like the reader was being lead in the wrong direction and then hit with an absurd answer to the mystery. It made sense.

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The Funny Thing Is… by Ellen DeGeneres

The Funny Thing Is… by Ellen DeGeneres

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this after I read the third book. I enjoyed the third book, “Seriously… I’m Kidding” more than this one. I don’t know if it’s that the newer book covers more up-to-date topics, or if I could relate to it better, but I felt like I was comparing the two books.

This was still funny, though, and I enjoyed it. I should go back and read the first book, though?

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