Love stories rock my world. Hands down, my fave fiction.
My process: Find an author I like, read ALL her work, then comb through Amazon or blogs on the hunt for the next great story.
My pet-peeve: When I finish reading a review and I’m left thinking, ‘Well why the hell would I read it now? Now I know exactly what happens!’.
Some readers relish romance but really want books all about the romance, and not so much sex, sex, sex. I get that. And, I guess my mood fluctuates. If the Fifty Shades mood strikes, I don’t wanna have to read half the book to get to the first sex scene.
On this blog, I aim to share the books I love and create a system for evaluating books that readers can at a glance review and see which books fulfill their desires.
THE RATING SYSTEM
I’m trying out a rating system from 1 to 5 to rate the amount of sex in a book. Yeah, look closely, those are vaginas placed in those hearts.
Level 3 equals pretty average in the erotic romance genre (or at least the ones I read). Don’t take the descriptive caption “better than chocolate and sex” too literally. “Better than sex” isn’t a literal description, it’s just meant to convey an idea. And make you laugh.
Level 1 represents one of those books that they kiss, hold hands and maybe some reference is made that you get the sense they went off and fucked but you never really know for sure. I can’t imagine I’d include a Level 1 on this blog, but that’s what I’m thinking is a Level 1 in my mind. Level 1 I suppose would be a solid YA romance. “Autoboyography” by Christina Lauren comes to mind.
Level 5 is MMF, or over 50% of the content is sex, or it’s BDSM or some interesting kinks. Level 5 means you may absolutely love it but there’s an excellent chance it’s not going on your GoodReads list, because, you know, your Aunt Mae follows you.
As I’ve already shared, I’d rather not know the entire plot before I read a book. That said, I do think sometimes some of the category points covered might be nice, something like “explores alcoholism, incest, rape, mental illness, miscarriage, etc.” For me as a reader, sensitive topics could either draw me to a book or repel me from it, depending on who I am and where I’m coming from on that day.
I plan on writing recommendations on individual books or series. But, when I develop a girl crush, meaning I’ve read basically all of their books and just think they are the bomb, I plan to create an author page that shows all of their books, in reading order and by date, because I’m always curious about that. Which book exactly was the first book??? Not first book in the series, but first published book.
Any other thoughts on what might be useful? True to blog form, it’ll be a work in progress. I’m very open to suggestions. I don’t plan on including any books that I don’t personally like because I don’t want to give negative reviews. I’ve noticed there are quite a few blogs out there that don’t give negative reviews and I like that. After all, the book I don’t like might be someone else’s favorite. Maybe it hit them at just the right time in their life. Maybe those characters resonate.
I love Indie authors. It takes balls to share a story from the heart and try to sell it. If this blog helps promote any of these brave, talented and fabulous souls, then it will be worthwhile.