How I Created My Custom Rating System

I’d previously discussed my many frustrations with the default 5-star rating system, and even done some preliminary “research” into upgrades and alternatives. But I was so used to assigning one convenient — if somewhat arbitrary — number and channeling the details and qualifications into my review. Change is hard.

Then Bookending Summer came around, so it was easy to add it to my Tidyathon list … and never actually sit down to create a new rating system. (I didn’t get around to most of my Tidyathon to-dos; we’re only tackling one of them in this post.)

Actually, I’d almost forgotten that this was something I wanted to do, until I checked my post schedule and saw that this one was coming up. So in true student fashion, I procrastinated then wrote this under deadline pressure; I don’t expect the product to be perfect, it’s a process.

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[Bloggers in the Attic] Teatime: Diverse Reads

Bloggers in the Attic is back again! This month we’re bringing you different takes on reading diversely: how it’s changed or helped us, regardless of whether you identify as #ownvoices or marginalized.

The Bloggers in the attic is a discussion chain. And what is a discussion chain? Well, it’s pretty simple.
Me and [SEVERAL] other bloggers united together to discuss a common topic and sharing our unique perspective. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic created the initiative with the wish to create a discussion space that could explore a normal topic for different parts of the world.
The rules to participate are pretty simple. So, if you ever wish to take part in future discussions, just contact camilla. Topics will be discussed bi-monthly, so the next round will be up in October. 

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Recommended Reads: Back to School

If I’ve learned anything from years of watching YouTube, it’s that timing is particularly tricky for back-to-school posts. Everyone has a different first day of classes, so you’re always going to be too early for someone and too late for someone else. (And, of course, there are always those who aren’t in school anymore and those who are but don’t want to think about it.)

So I decided to just hope for the best with this post, scheduling it after my brother’s first day of (high) school but before mine (college / uni), and doing my best to find books that will hopefully be useful no matter what grade you’re in or if you’re done with school altogether.

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Sunshine Blogger Award #2

The lovely Nicoline @ Bookish Stuff nominated me for the sunshine blogger award a couple months ago which I’d somehow forgotten about until I was going through my post drafts but really really do appreciate, thank you! 💕

(I originally had another post planned for today, but during the writing process it spiraled into a monstrosity that is not yet fit for public consumption. So back into the drafts it goes, and here’s this instead.)

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WWW Wednesday #3

My final exam was today, so in keeping with tradition (twice can be a pattern, right?) and because I haven’t done one of these in a while, I figured the timing was right for another reading check-in! It’s been kind of a slower month as far as books are concerned, but I’ve still got some interesting titles to share.


WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on A World of Words. The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Thoughts I Had While Reading THE JOY LUCK CLUB by Amy Tan

Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters’ futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers’ advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they’ve unknowingly inherited of their mothers’ pasts. 

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

WARNING: This post will likely contain spoilers.

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Recommended Reads: #BacklistBoost

A short while back, Kal @ Reader Voracious launched #backlistboost on social media to encourage the bookish community to talk about those old and new-to-you favorites that often get overlooked for the shiny new releases. (Go check out the hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, if you haven’t already; there’s some really awesome creative features! And, of course, you can contribute your own.)

But I lack the commitment or aesthetic vision for Bookstagram — I have an account but never touch it — and I barely remember to check Twitter let alone write / schedule tweets. So, as is typical for me, I’m contributing a blog post instead … and, as is also typical for me, I’m kind of late to the party. Oops.

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Out of My Comfort Zone Tag

This tag was originally created by Emma @ emmmabooks on YouTube. The only rule is you have to pick ONE GENRE that you frequently read … and you can’t use ANY books from that genre while answering the questions.

So far this year I’ve read more contemporary than any other genre, though fantasy is a very close second, so that’s the one I’ll go with — and I’m choosing to interpret it as “realistic fiction”: memoir, urban fantasy, and such are still fair game, which I don’t consider cheating since “contemporary” overlaps other labels (romance, thriller, etc.). 

Thanks for the tag, Jamsu!

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