Happy Summer Solstice to all! I spent part of Friday working on this blog and on my Google Reader thanks to Bloggiesta, an event organized by Natasha at Maw Books. Her suggestions, and the great mini-challenges offered by others, were helpful for all who took part. I greatly appreciate all their hard work.
One thing keeps coming up in people’s comments, the idea of a rating system. Would I give a book 1 or 5 stars? An A- or a D? What do you think? Are rating systems helpful? Do I need one?
So I’m asking you to answer these questions:
Do you like blogs with rating systems? Why?
If you don’t care for rating systems, why not?
Do you have a rating system? How is it structured? Do your readers find it helpful?
As for reading this past week I finished several books, have written two reviews and am working on a third. At present I am reading a beautifully written, devastating book, This Blinding Absence of Light by Ben Tahar Ben Jelloun, and, following the graphic novel Burma Chronicles by Guy DeLisle, From the Land of Green Ghosts; A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe.
I have to add some thoughts that range outside bookish things. My husband has friends who are Iranian-American and is involved in an Iranian-American peace organization. All week we have been watching the news from Tehran (no thanks to mainstream US media and many loud and hardy cheers for Twitter and the internet). My heart goes out to all Iranian people, I am overwhelmed by your bravery in the face of such violence and please know, the whole world is watching. For anyone interested in updates the National Iranian American Council has a blog here and the New York Times blog The Lede is following things here.
Okay, enough of that, I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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