Welcome to my blog!! My name’s April, and I’m a Master’s level social worker who is somewhere in her mid-20s. I love to read, I love to review, and I love to write… so that all kind of comes together in this blog. Originally I wasn’t sure what purpose this was going to serve, but over the past 2 years it’s pretty much turned into my NetGalley reviewing blog, with a few occasional other book (or writing) related posts (and sometimes just a random update about my life, but those are pretty scarce since the blog turned into more of a reviewing blog).
Here is a breakdown of what the star ratings are (to me):
5/5 stars: Excellent book, loved it, will likely reread it, may sing its praises to anyone that I happen to see.
4/5 stars: Very good book, enjoyed it very much except for a few parts, may reread but probably not, will still recommend.
3/5 stars: Kind of “meh,” not a horrible book but something about it wasn’t terribly good (and usually it’s something bigger than a few missed grammar mistakes), won’t reread, might recommend but it isn’t at the top of the “stack” of recommended books. (Although this does not mean that I am not going to recommend the author’s books, if s/he has written others that I may like better.)
2/5 stars: Not a very good book but has at least one redeeming quality about it (i.e., wonderfully original plotline, but the writing was not good enough to pull it off). Will not reread; will not recommend.
1/5 stars: Sometimes that means it’s a DNF (did not finish) for whatever reason. Can’t give it 0/5 stars (on Goodreads) so a 1/5 will just have to suffice. Won’t plan on finishing it (if it were a DNF, which I always state in my review), won’t reread, won’t recommend, and probably won’t seek out other books by this author unless I already own some. (Needless to say, I have only given 1/5 to maybe two books a year, if that. It is very infrequent that books are this poorly written.)
My average rating on Goodreads (where I have rated almost 600 books and reviewed almost 400 of those) is 3.80. (I will try to keep this updated/current.)