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This is how I personally mark the books according to enjoyment of it.

For me to rate a book 3 stars is that I liked your book. There would most probably be a 'but' in the review somewhere that just didn't work to hold my interest. Now.....this is not a bad thing, its MY opinion and you will get plenty of other reviews.

This will mean that I have absolutely loved the book and am thrilled to have read it, its captured my interest at the start to finish. 

If I give 5 stars, it means its on level parring with any best seller book I have read for years and am an avid fan off, which means, I will be stalking you for your next release!


What I write now is important to me. And hopefully to you getting to know me :)
I love reading, and I love reviewing. But my reviews are only a drop in the ocean of many reviews you will get from others, please remember that my reviews are my own feelings when reading your book. 
I do not read to 'get a free book'. I have lots that I have purchased not even read yet. The only books I read that were gifted to me were either from Publishers from Net Galley or ones I receive in the post from various authors I read and review for from their publishers. I am approached by Indie/new authors daily, and I have to turn a lot away. I do not take genres that I am not comfortable reading due to the fact my review will reflect this and it won't be an unbiased review. So I avoid those. I do take ebooks if they are interesting to me and I know I am 95% sure I will enjoy it.

I hate what I see happening lately to authors, reviews being so spiteful, hurtful, and abusive to the author themselves. I also hate the arguments that I have seen or heard go on between other authors, the jealousy etc. This has lead me many times to thinking am I doing the right thing? Am I getting too close to authors to give an unbiased review. 
The thing is, I am an honest person, quite open too, and if I read a book and it doesn't stir anything in me or keep my attention, I will let you know. I am not hurtful, or unkind. I try hard to explain why it didn't work personally for me, and never want to upset any author in my doing that, however, in the past I had abuse and was stalked because I didn't give the feedback they were expecting. I have not [to my knowledge or rememberance] given a lower star rating than 3. I wouldn't do that, its not my policy.

Authors and aspiring authors want to get credibility and be taken seriously for their work, I think that's how it should be and I hope I respect that as a reader/reviewer.
I too want the respect from my reviews, that is why, I write how I felt about a book and not too much about what is IN the book. The blurb says most of that.
I want people to trust me too. Only readers who like the books I read will mostly follow my reviews I would expect, so I too don't want them to feel I am nothing but honest. Honest to me is not blunt or hurtful, its  how I felt in reading it.

I also have to bring to the attention that:
1. I do not just read books that are gifted to me or sent to me FREE
2. I do not rate a book highly so that author will give me another book for free. If that author doesn't, that's fine by me.
3. I do purchase books myself to help the Indie authors and even give them as presents to family and friends who I think would love to read them as much as I did.

So, let me emphasis, I do not rate a book highly just because it is free to me. I value ALL my books. 

I would like to thank every single author who are still awaiting a review. They will be done.......but these things take time. 

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I also post reviews of books that I have purchased or borrowed for my personal enjoyment. If you have any questions regarding this statement, please feel free to contact me

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  1. This is so reasonable, Sue. I don't understand how anyone can give you grief. I'm thankful for what you do and so glad you're still doing it. xoxo

  2. Beautifully put, Sue. I admire your integrity. :-)

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