This Belle's bookcase has had a fairly busy start to the year. As of March 25 I've read 16 books. That averages to over 1 book per week, although in reality it wasn't that steady. Some books took me two weeks to read, while early in March I gulped down an entire trilogy in 7 days. (Awesome trilogy, by the way. I'll write more about it later.) My friends and I have been doing a book challenge, with different prompts for types of books to read, and that has forced me to reach outside of my comfort zone more, which is how I found the trilogy and ended up falling in love with a new author.
So let's catch up, shall we?
My friends and I decided to make our own book challenge this year. You may have seen these pop up on Pinterest, a list of prompts for what kind of books to read. I did one last year and it was really fun. It also opened me up to authors and titles I might never have tried otherwise. I'll post the list for you in another post, so if you're interested you can play along at home.
Sometimes I chose a book specifically for a category, while other times I read a book I wanted to read and then tried to shove it into a category for credit (that didn't always work.) The end result is a weird hodge podge of books, some worth it, others not so much.
The Rating System
So it's really hard to give a book just one rating, because sometimes I might like some aspects while hating others. So the system here is three-fold:
This is the overall rating- all things considered, how do I feel about this book? This is on a scale from one to five enchanted roses.
🌹 - 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
A bad book might have really amazing writing, or vice versa, so this rating is solely for the writing style. This is measured by Lumieres.
🕯️ - 🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️
Page turner? Couldn't put it down? Set it down to make Ramen and forgot I was reading it for weeks? This is how engaging the book is, and I measure it with Cogsworths.
🕰️ - 🕰️🕰️🕰️🕰️🕰️