After I completed my masters degree, I worked in the high tech industry for eleven years before I "retired" to raise a family. With my children grown and away at college, I needed something to fill my days. I found my dream job at my local library. I worked at the county public library for over three years, and I now get my book fix by reviewing books for blogs and participating on Indie author street teams. I have been a contributing reviewer for four established blogs for the last three years. I recently created my own blog: Book Junkie Reviews to give me greater freedom to review the books I choose and highlight authors I adore. I am currently a beta reader for a four independent authors, and an active reviewer on NetGalley.
Whether I love, like or hate a book, my reviews are honest! I try to point out aspects that worked or didn't work for me regardless of the star-rating because what didn't work for me, might be someone else's next good read.
The ratings are as follows:
1 Star – Would not Recommend
2 Stars – Recommended Lightly; frequently means the story was okay, just not for me
3 Stars – Recommended, worth the read
A 3.5 rating is a strong, positive recommendation from me. It means I’ve enjoyed reading the book and think that others should as well.
4 Stars – Strongly recommended, really enjoyed reading the story. Something about the book stands out–the characters and plot–and I the story sticks with me.
5 Stars – Highly recommended–The the book, or some aspect of it, must really, really, make an impression on me. If I give a book 5 stars, I’m likely to re-read it.