Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book Blogger Hop #4 / My Week In Review

August 27 - 30, 2010

It's kind of uncanny how when each Friday rolls around and I look at the questions Jenny posts on her site, Crazy For Books because the question always seems eerily fitting. I've been struggling a little with my rating system, trying to iron out kinks and so it's been on my mind all week. Lo and behold, this week's fine BBHop question is ....

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if you do, what is it and why?

(click the title for more)

 When I first started out, I came up with a rating system based on stars and hearts. The stars were used to show how much I liked what I'd read - from "I'm aiming for the trash bin so I could burn it" to "I love it so much I'm rushing out to buy it for my friends". I also added the hearts as a blush rating for how steamy the book would be because I'm the reader who when she buys a book would like a little forewarning on just how raunchy the book will get before I hit it and cop an eye full. For example, I bought this book once, that I read reviews about and people RAVED. I bought it, began reading it and hit some of THE most deviant sex scenes I have EVER had to displeasure of reading and I mean, they were REALLY bad. Thinking the first scene was a fluke, I kept reading and hit a bigger one and I'm telling you, that book flew so hard out of my hand against the opposite wall, the house shook. So I added the heart rating for other readers like me hoping they would appreciate it. Long story short? I've gotten a little better and more creative since I started and so I'm starting to reevaluate the system. I'm looking at icons that match the feel of my site (any suggestions would be appreciated) and turned the heart/blush into the sizzle meter. I'll get it right some day so until then kind of bear with me :D

And just an FYI, I'm adding some of the things I added to the site this week. Hope you can check them out.

Death Match - The YA Fang Boy who people voted for as The Perfect Date was finally revealed
Book Reviews - I reviewed The Hellion and the Highlander by Lynsay Sands.
In The Spotlight - Author Marcia McClure was announced as my next spotlight
Be Still My Heart - I combined my men together and although it's still a work in progress, it's nice to have them all in one place.
The Shrine - As a HUGE Vance Mangum fan, I started a page solely dedicated to him and added 3 new posts. One of them sparked such a huge reaction that my site was flooded for two days.

Of course, there's what you see on this page, the various memes I participated in and the random thoughts I had. It's been a pretty surreal week here, one I don't think I'll ever be able to top. I've got lots of new ideas - a new Death Match in the works, a new giveaway called "Ravish Me" and a possible meme of my own. I hope you keep coming and reading and now I appreciate your support.

Happy reading and a safe Hop  :D

41 comments:

Danielle said...

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to your meme if you start one :) I like the blush rating system, Ive never thought about it. I don't read that many steamy books though to begin with.

Kathy H. said...

I LOVE Marcia Lynn McClure. Hope you are enjoying Weathered Too Young and The Highwayman. I just got Windswept Flame in the mail today :)
I'm a new follower.
Kathy
I Am A Reader, Not a Writer

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog!

I see you're reading City of Glass! I hope you're enjoying it! The Mortal Instruments series is one of my all-time favorites.

Have a good weekend! :D

Steph said...

Thanks for stopping by Book Junky. I look forward to reading your reviews! Have a great weekend!

GREYZ said...

Thanks for dropping by. I super love your themes. Too girly and your button is amazing. Nice glasses. :) Looking forward to your reviews.

Ashley said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll be checking back to see what else you've got going on!

Christina said...

I'm your newest follower!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following me! I love the color scheme of your background and I can't wait to check out your blog some more. :)

Kt said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog! I'm just returning the hop. I'm a follower now. I hope you have a great weekend!

Be sure to check out my 100 Followers Contest Here: A Book Obsession..

Emily said...

Thanks for the comment/follow! :) I was actually checking out your blog the other day, but I'll be sure to follow you today! <3

Beverly said...

Hopping over - thanks for stopping by The Wormhole - I love the glasses in your button! I am a new follower! Have a great weekend! Happy reading.

Lover of Romance said...

Thanks for coming onto my site!!! I am now a follower to yours!! I just love your blog, its way cute!!! Looking forward to reading more reviews from you!!!

Have a great weekend!!

LMW said...

I'm a follower already as you WELL know! ha ha Loving all your new posts! You are AMAZING!!

The Bookish Type said...

Thanks so much for stopping by last week! I got behind last week, but I'm catching up now! I really like that you have a sizzle meter - I'm not big on the graphic sex scenes, especially when they seem gratuitous, so I really appreciate your sensitivity to your readers! Great idea!

Casey
The Bookish Type

Angelatarantula said...

hey thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you back.
Have a great weekend!
Angela Z
http://thebookbuzzer.blogspot.com

Lu said...

Hopping in from the hop to say have a great Weekend!

Already a follower :)

When you have a moment come have a look at my new Giveaway :)

Lu
http://lusbookblog.blogspot.com/

Okapi said...

Thanks for hopping by! I'm a new follower!

Natalie said...

Okay, I absolutely love your blog name! I didn't catch what was happening with you and the hot actor, please do tell ;)

oh and... You have an award waiting
http://idsoratherbereading.blogspot.com/2010/08/one-lovely-blog-award.html

firepages said...

Here for the Hop! I do not use a rating system. No two books are alike! I love the blog. It's really unique.

http://firepages.wordpress.com

Kathy H. said...

I'll check back for your spotlight on Marcia. I love her books. I've made it 78 pages into Windswept Flame and am hoping everyone around here will go to bed early so I can stay up late and read.

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

Really like you're rating system, it's really smart.

mel u said...

thanks for stopping by my blog-I am now one one your google followers and also on Twitter-I look forward to reading your posts

Najela said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like how comprehensive your ratings are for your reviews. I'm a new follower. I look forward to reading your reviews.

Misha1989 said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!I am already a follower!

Misha

Romy @ Lost.in.Stories said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy your weekend too. So are you originally from Sydney? I'm a Melbourne girl :)

I've nearly finished Saltwater Vampires and I love it, you don't want to mess with these vampires.

libertyfallsdown said...

I like the idea of a dual rating system to rate different things :)

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!

Liberty x

Stephanie :) (Books Are A Girl's Best Friend) said...

Hey, thanks for hopping by and commenting on my posts during the week, I love hearing what you have to say.
I hope that my question used for the hop this week helped you for your new rating systems. I'm like you as well that I was interested to see what all the different rating systems are, that's why suggested the question. And I'm glad it was used this week as it seems to have come at the right time for you!

I'm a follower now (I've been having some problems with the widget though all day but if not, I'll try again soon.)

Ennjoy the rest of your weekend!

Danielle said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading reviews.
I'm now a follower.
Have a great weekend.

Marce said...

Welcome to the Blogging Community

I'm saying hello from the blog hop, thanks for coming by.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

I love the sizzle meter---sometimes you want/don't want a book with a lot of heat and it's nice to know beforehand.

Twimom227 said...

Hopping over to say hello! Thanks for stopping by my site. I just love the layout of your blog. The colors are fabulous!

Happy Weekend!

Twimom227
That's What I'm Talking About
http://twimom227.blogspot.com

Arena @ {thenerdswife} said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. I'm a bit behind, but I'm following you now, too!

Be sure to check out my Hunger Games giveaway for HG-themed jewelry and T-shirts!

Have a great weekend!

Arena aka The Nerd's Wife

jackie b central texas said...

Thanks for stopping by Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories and following my site.. I am hopping by tonight to return the favor and followed you back.. Have to read the "Matt" post and some of your others when have more time to stay and browse.. Nice to find a fellow Chi lover, where are the pup pics?

jackie ^_^

Alison said...

Hey there. Just hopping through. Have a great weekend!
Alison Can Read

Izzy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I like the idea of a sizzle meter - very useful, because I don't mind a little sex, but I have come across some books that basically scorched my eyes out.

Lyndsey said...

I love your rating for the hot men! I miss you too! This 8 hour time difference sucks doesnt it? I finish work next week though so will be around a lot more at night :D xxx

pussreboots said...

Happy weekend. Come see what my rating system is.

SusanKMann said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm already a follower and you already know how much I LOVE your blog. xx

Susan said...

Just found your fun blog through the Hop. I love that you rate "raunchiness" to help warn readers - I do, too, because I like to have those kind of warnings. Can't wait to read more of your blog!

P.S. I'm in Arizona, too :) Lovin' the monsoony clouds out there this morning.

Reading Angel said...

Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by Reading Angel! I'm your newest follower!

Keitra said...

Just hopping by!
I'm a new follower. :)

Keitra @ Page by Page

Billy Burgess said...

Great blog!