Eclectic, cross-genre mood reader (but of late, mostly erotica, romance & para/UF—including m/m & ménage). At times, the realities of life & work tend to dictate how UNreal a world I choose for an escape.
Fair warning: I may walk like a lady but I cuss like a salty sailor. ^.~
I may have to tweak the following so to accommodate the half-stars available on BookLike. But my existing info should do for now.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot
The above quote perfectly describes why books are precious to me. Aside from the fact that I love languages, I personally learned as much, if not more, from reading as from formal education and believe that reading books throughout one’s lifetime is akin to continuous education.
For me to enjoy a book, no matter the genre or length, it should (at the very least) be relatively well-written (meaning, follow basic rules for English and fiction writing) and have a reasonably coherent plot. For better or for worse, it takes an exceptional storyline/storytelling to get my mind off sloppy writing. My enjoyment of any book is directly tied to how hard I have to work to overlook writing errors. Thus, proofing/editing is a near-definite must; otherwise, a DNF tends to be the usual result. If all of this make me a demanding reader, then so be it.
★★★★★: Something unique and memorable, whether in the story itself or its execution (and usually, but not always, very well-written). Pretty much becomes a fav/re-read candidate. Would definitely rec to others and read more of the author’s other works.
★★★★: Well-written & really liked it; exceeded expectations (possible 5-star candidate but missing that extra & elusive “oomph”). Would rec to others and read more of the author’s other works.
★★★: Either enjoyable/met expectations or really liked it but a bit too many plot holes/errors/flaws to rate as 4 stars. Possible rec to others, depending on their reading standards/quirks.
★★: Story overshadowed by critical errors or other flaws (usually poor writing, plot failures, and/or weak world-building). Sometimes, though, it’s more a matter of me vs. the book (e.g., I’m not the right audience or something in the story hits a trigger or a personal “wha—??”).
★: Deficient to border on insulting and/or requires a PSA.