Book Chat: 1.2.2013

Welcome to 2013 on The 1000th Voice! It should go without saying that we made it through 2012, but I’m going to say it anyway: We made it!

I’m really excited about all the possibilities 2013 holds for this lovely little blog of mine, my personal life, and my career. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the book-related things I’m planning for this year. My official 2013 book challenge will be posted on the 11th.

Book Reviews and Ratings

I want to work on my reviews to make them better and more relevant to the philosophy of my blog and my readers. I’m going to add a section to my reviews about why the book is relevant and how it applies to me, potentially to my readers or its cultural impact.

I’ve always struggled with rating a book on Goodreads. Despite my commentary on some things on here, I really don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but at the same time, I want to provide an accurate review for potential readers. To do this, I’ll create a few categories in which I can rate the books, and then I can calculate an average to determine my overall rating. My rating will still be based on five stars. I don’t need to recreate the wheel here; I just want to make the wheel work better for me.

Some Exciting Things

The fourth Wednesday of the month will be designated as book discussion day, when I will take more time to thoroughly discuss a book and its implications or applications in real life. It’s my goal to also encourage more discussion in the comments.

In preparation for my summer visit to DeSmet, SD and watching the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant there, I’m going to reread all eight of her Little House books. I’m very excited to reread these books and talk about them.

Do you have any thoughts on my plan to improve my ratings and reviews? Anyone else planning to reread a childhood favorite?

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