Discussion: Harsh Review or Rose Colored Glasses?

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It’s no secret that I’m pretty stingy with my ratings. Since I started blogging almost 2 years ago, I haven’t given any books 5 stars. I’ve become a little more generous with my 4 star reads, but probably the majority of my reviews are 3 – 3.5 stars. I’ve realized that some of the books and series I routinely call my Favorites are books I only gave 3 stars to. Did I review the book too harshly when I initially read it? Or am I looking back on it as better than it is – through rose colored glasses, if you will?


Book Examples

Kristan Higgins novels

In Your Dreams (Blue Heron #4)

I often share my love of her novels, but I’ve given every book 3 stars. Is it because I can’t bring myself to rate a straight up romance highly? Despite the fact it can be silly and predictable, the character development, writing style, and humor are all pretty clever. I think some of these probably deserve higher ratings.

Verdict: Too Harsh


Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins 

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

I gave every book 3 stars, despite really enjoying the first two (I tolerated the last book – and still gave it 3 stars). The Paris setting was fun, the romance was cute. However, the cheating aspect really turned me off. Also, I found that Anna was a little too melodramatic at times and don’t even get me started on Lola. So yeah, I like these books, but they’re really not the best contemporaries I’ve read.

Verdict: Rose Colored Glasses


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I adore this series and the cast of characters, but I only gave the fist two books 3 stars. Obviously now I think this series deserves All The Stars, but my original complaint was that it was awesome characters, but a weirdo story. It’s still a weirdo story, but I think that I love the characters so much that I don’t care about the rest.

Verdict: Too Harsh (with maybe just a tiny tint of rose)


Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

Storm (Elemental, #1)

I claim this as one of my favorite YA series, but all except for the fist book I’ve given 3 stars (and a couple of the novellas 2 stars). Sure I had some issues with each of these books, I didn’t always love the side characters or love interests, and I really did not like how it ended, but I adore the Merrick brothers and there was a good mix of family, friends, love, humor, and supernatural.

Verdict: Too Harsh


In light of this, should I go back and re-rate some of these? Do you ever have this problem? Do you ever change your book ratings on Good Reads or blog reviews?

Fictional Boyfriends

I saw the Fictional Boyfriends Tag over on She Reads She Blogs and I thought it looked like fun. So I tagged myself. Feel free to consider yourself tagged by me if You want to join the fun.

*So I’m 30 and read a lot of YA. So let’s just pretend that these are all age appropriate*


1. Levi from Fangirl. He’s so sweet.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

2-5. Any of the Raven Boys. And yes, I know 2 of these would technically not really be viable options. But technically none of these are possible, so I’m ok with it.

Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)

6. Michael Merrick from The Elemental Series. My favorite Merrick brother. Protective and strong and a heart of gold.

Opposition (Lux, #5)

7. Daemon Black from the Lux series. There has to be one sarcastic, bad boy on the list and it has to be Daemon.

The Scorpio Races

8. Sean Kendrick from the Scorpio Races. A man of few words and is good with animals.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

9. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Despite his silly name, he’s the perfect, nerdy boy next door.

The Next Best Thing (Gideon's Cove, #2)

10. Ethan Mirabelli from The Next Best Thing. He cooks. He’s a good dad.

Honorable Mentions for:
Cameron Hamilton from the Wait for You series
Lincoln O’Neill from Attachments
Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door
Nikolai from The Grisha series
Warner from the Shatter Me series
Trevor Meade from Just one of the Guys

Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books about Friendship.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Blue!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

2. The Vampire Academy Richelle Mead.  Lissa and Rose!


3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Beth and Jennifer!

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Kami, Jared, Angela, Rusty, Holly, and Ash!

Storm (Elemental, #1)

5. The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer. – The Merrick brothers!

Well, I’m going to stop at a top 5 for today! What books about friendship are missing from my list?