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Think about that for a moment.

I'm sure this is akin to opening a can of worms, but here goes anyway. I decided I want to keep track of all the books I read this year mainly because as I age I find my memory fails a little. I set up a separate Good Read account for this purpose. So far, all the books I've read have been for youngsters, but that okay because I like reading these books. I've read the whole Digger series (Ursula Vernon), a Jerry Spinelli (Eggs), and then I discovered Rebecca Stead.

I found the book When You Reach Me at a used book store, bought it for a dollar! It's a magical book! I left it a five-star rating, and even a very short review that said if I could give it more stars I would! After that I decided to read her other two books. Liar and Spy was good, just not as good as When You Reach Me. I left it a 4 star rating. Out of curiosity I scrolled through some of the ratings other users had posted for Liar and Spy. Bingo, I found a two star review that started with "I hate to give a low rating but..."

I've pretty much decided with this account I started to keep track of "books read in 2013" the lowest rating I'll leave is three stars. Honestly, I won't waste my time reading a "two star" book. In other words, if I'm disliking a book *that* much I'll stop reading it, and then not leave a rating at all. It's not because I don't want to hurt the author's feelings, it's because I still firmly believe that books are a personal thing. I don't decide which books to read by looking at what other people think about them. I'm not an authority on books, I just know what I like, and what I like might not be everyone's cup of tea.

What it comes down to this this, why do something you "hate" to do, i.e. leave a low rating. If you hate to do it, don't do it! It's not rocket science! Of course, I know why people do it, but far be it from me to step on anyone's toes.



I purchased several pictures like the one above to put on my Facebook page, but I've discovered some strange things about Facebook. I don't play on Facebook that often. Because of that, I think most people don't see my posts. Additionally, on my "fan" page, people don't tend to see the links I post, or the pictures I post. So in essence, the money I spent on these pictures appears to have been wasted. Pity, I bought these three dreamy medieval knights from Shutterstock, and they weren't cheap. At least I can share them here. Inspiration maybe.



Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry I haven't commented on your posts like I should have. . . time, computer glitches, and just plain 'don't wanna' has gotten in the way :( I will strive to do better, because you ARE MY FRIEND and I want you to know that :)

I have a WP blog, but I can't really figure out how to link it to LJ, unless I just cut & paste :) I had a Blogger for so long, then when it went wonky, I went to TypePad, but it was expensive, so I changed to WP, and I haven't been sorry. My LJ has been around for as long as the Blogger, but had to change accounts a few years ago because my LJ was hacked by a bot :( I like DW because there aren't any bugs (yet) and it runs smoothly, and I can link it to my LJ.

WOW, when I write that, I have WAY too much going on :) Oh well. . .no one really reads my DW, WP, or LJ blogs much anyway, but it's a way to get thoughts outside of myself so I don't go postal ;)

xoxo Tame
Mar. 3rd, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
I can't figure WP out. I have a friend who keeps sending me articles about how to use WP, but I just don't take the time to read them unfortunately. I've been using the LJ platform for over 10 years, so I have it all figured out. The main reason I want to switch to WP is so that I can use my domain name...one of these days.

So far this year as been overwhelming, so I haven't been reading journals too awfully much. I'll try to get better at it though.