It’s been quite some time since I last did a book tag. I don’t know why, I lvoe doing them! Such a fun way to talk about books and reading.
This is a tag I recently saw on Stephen’s wonderful blog. You can check out his post here. I wasn’t tagged but it sounded fun, so here we are ^^
1 – Do you keep a list of the books you have read?
Yes. I actually keep multiple 🙈 I’m a bit of an organisation addict when it comes to my reading. I have countless tbr and wishlists and on top of tracking my reading on goodreads, I have a couple spreadsheets I update regularly. I love the spreadsheets becasue they give me so many different stats. How many male, female or non-binary authors do I read? How many books by AOC? What’s my most read age range or genre? What’s the longest it took me to finish a book?
I love seeing all the diagrams!
2 – If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?
I mentioned a few things I track in the question above. I just started doing it this year and I’m really lookin forward to doing some kind of Yearly Stats post.
I’d love to see how many pages I read, how many I read on average. And my star ratings! I feel like people are so different when it comes to their star ratings and I think thats a really interesting topic.
3 – Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?
I seem to have the habit of answering the next question in the question before …
I have a star rating system and I use it most of the time. But there are books I don’t give any rating for different reasons. Sometimes a book just isn’t for me, but if I would give it a low star rating it might make it harder for people who usually enjoy these types of books to find them. That doesn’t mean I don’t give low ratings at all. But sometimes it’s just a “it’s me, not you” type of book and I feel a review without a rating can convey what I want to say about that book better.
But when I use star ratings, it’s roughly like this:
5 ⭐️: Can I marry this book? Can I be this book? This is just perfection! The writing style is A+, the characters complex and unique, very immerse world …
4 ⭐️: Love it. Nearly perfect, only very little I didn’t like/wasn’t a fan of.
3 ⭐️: Really liked it. Was fun enough even though there were some things I didn’t like. Would still recommend to people who usally like that genre/trope etc
2 ⭐️: Didn’t really like it or felt indifferent about it. Some things I liked.
1 ⭐️: Really didn’t like it! Struggle to finish it. Had faulty logic, flat characters, plot holes etc.
I am currently in the process of changing all that though, so this might not be true for much longer
4 – Do you review books?
Yes! I do. I don’t do it with all the books I read even though I would love to. But I regularly publsih reviews on my blog or over on Goodreads.
Before starting my blog my biggest fear was, that having to review books would kill my joy of reading, would make me so critical of books that I could only enjoy a tiny fraction of books. Fortunately, that isn’t the case. I still enjoy most of the books Ir ead and I’m so happy about it. For a time I thought, that that made me a bad reviewer but I came to the conclusion that I don’t claim to be a literary critic. I don’t tell you what book is a masterpiece or garbage. I tell you my story with the book, what I felt and thought about it.
5 – Where do you put your finished books?
On my shelves? I am really incredibly bad at unhauling books. Even books I really didn’t like. Funnily enough, I find it easier to get rid of books I gave 3 stars than books I gave 1 star. MAybe becasue usally I have strong feelings about the 1 star books and some 2 or 3 star books I’m just indifferent about?
6 – Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?
No, not really. I tried writing reviews right after finishing them but that was a disaster. But in order to not forget everything I like to take a little break after finishing one book. If I really wanna continue reading I usually go for a completely different book, other genre or opposite vibe/atmosphere so I don’t confuse the two and can still write a review if I want to.