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Quant a miAn omnivorous reader from as far back as I can remember, I was the kid always asking "why" and "how" until the adults told me to stop bothering them and go look it up. I was also the kid who seldom accepted at face value what I was told.

Still an omnivorous reader.
Still asking questions.
Still making up my own mind.

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Reading mix: Probably 70% nonfiction to 30% fiction.

I go through reading stages. There was the sci-fi/fantasy stage, the woo-woo stage, the classics stage, the psychology stage, the micro-history stage. There was even a brief flirtation with (non-sparkly, non-insipid) vampires and such. I'm a little more discerning than I used to be, but still like reading fluff sometimes. I no longer feel compelled to finish a book just because I started it.

Here's the thing: I don't care if anyone reads what I write here. I don't care if anyone agrees with what I think about a book. I do these notes for myself.

For me to rate a book five stars, it must have a magic made of grit, spit, and faerie dust that spellbinds it to my psyche in some mystical way. Nothing (and no one) gets a gold star--and certainly not five of them--for simply showing up. I happen to think there is nothing wrong with something being average.

Any rating system is subjective and arbitrary.
That said, my purely subjective, arbitrary system is loosely based on what I thought of the book when I read it. In some cases, that was years (decades!) ago.

Loosely translated, my ratings run as follows:
Five Stars - Thorough enjoyment. Not only did it appeal to my brain, it made me dinner, brought the good bourbon, gave me a back massage, and loaded the dishwasher correctly.
Four Stars -- Really liked it. It's not perfect, but it has so much to offer that I'm willing to overlook its minor foibles.
Three Stars -- Liked it. We got along fine, but I don't see anything long-term coming from our time together.
Two Stars - It was OK. I mean, I'm not interested in seeing it again and probably wouldn't recognize it on the street, but it wasn't horrible.
One Star -- Well, that was a mistake. I don't think I'll need a restraining order, but am definitely blocking its number.

Abandoned/DNF -- I read more than 50 pages or 20% (whichever is more), and really just wanted to kick it out of the house.

Sampled, not interested -- I read the first chapter or 10-15% of the book (whichever is more), and it obviously a) wasn't a good fit, or b) not what I expected based on the synopsis. Like a dud first date, sometimes the best thing to do is just admit that it's not going well before investing any more time on a lost cause.

Autors preferitsIsabel Allende, Khaled Hosseini, Sue Monk Kidd, Beth Macy, L. M. Montgomery, J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Tempest Williams (Preferits compartits)


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