I will admit, my lovely wife has way more time and dedication to reading. She read 80 books in 2013 alone. I read when I can, but I don't have the book count she does. She's an awesome bookworm.
We will be posting about any books we have "read." This may include different formats or mediums. For example, I listen to audio books in the car on my way to and from work. I consider these performances to be read, and will give a review on it like any book. I am not naive to say that the performance will not affect my opinion of the book, because it will. There's no way to avoid having someone else's words, tone, inflection, and even character representations affect my bias towards the book. We, of course, prefer to have a physical copy of the paper, stamped with the musings of the author by the ink of the publisher, but as we live in the 21st century, we make due with what time we have. If the audio book review bothers you, think of those reviews similar to a movie review, where the performance of the actors play a part in the review.
We will try to include all books we have read, separately or together, with only a few exceptions. For example, I am an accountant, and I don't think you want to hear about my review of a CPA exam test booklet, or the instructions to a tax form. I won't be posting any reviews of such boring material (unless there is just a huge demand for that kind of thing). If, however, I read a nonfiction book on gardening, I'll give a review of that.
Okay, one last item before the first review: ratings. We will endeavor to rate all books on a scale of 1 to 5, but five options is not enough, so we will incorporate halves as well. Here is a general rubric of our rating system:
- 1: Abysmal; not worth reading.
- 1.5: Bad.
- 2: Mediocre.
- 2.5: Fair.
- 3: Good.
- 3.5: Great.
- 4: Excellent.
- 4.5: Amazing: highly recommend.
- 5: Phenomenal! Must read.