The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. So many people had talked about how great the book was that I was skeptical, but I read it anyhow. I am so glad I did.

I kept hearing about the twist. I read it with the twist in mind, looking hard for it. I looked too hard. I thought too much about it and I was way off! The story was wonderful and the twist really did stun me. I am also glad that no one spoiled it for me. It was wonderful.

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AGE 15 “The Hate U Give” BY ANGIE THOMAS

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book not knowing what it was about. I knew that there had been a movie made, but I hadn’t seen it.

I was not expecting the story at all. It was an important message told in a clear and interesting way. I feel that it was toned down a bit to reach a larger audience, though. I felt that reaching the larger audience was important, so it being toned down a bit didn’t bother me as much as it normally would have.

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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.

AGE 4 “Charlie Parker Played Be Bop” BY CHRIS RASCHKA

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Charlie Parker Played Be BopCharlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This would be a perfect bedtime book for a small child.  I’m not sure that 4 is young enough to truly enjoy the book, though.   I wasn’t thrilled with the story, but I would imagine that a small child would enjoy the rhythm of the book. It was short and I’m not really sure why the cat was involved the book at all.

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