I am not a writer. I am a reader, an avid reader.
I am also a Virgo which means I am persnickety so I started keeping a list. Since I was keeping a list, thought I, it should include notes about each book. My simple notes grew into reviews that I kept for me. Then members of my East Bay Mystery Readers' Group asked for copies after which I started posting them in various places. Most recently, members of said mystery group asked if I would put them on a web site so they could access them.
And that is why I am here. I shall post reviews of each book I've read. You will notice a change in my format over time. Each review expresses my opinion only. Others opinions may differ. My rating structure is:
Ex - A "Wow" read; unique, memorable, a major step forward or standout book for the author. A top read of the year.
VG+ - Close to excellent with only one or two small quibbles that draw it short.
VG - Enthused about it; very well done for it's genre
G - Enjoyed (G+) very much
Okay - Enjoyed it but with significant reservations
Poor-Wasn't awful, but wasn't good either. Finished it with difficulty.
NR - Did not work for me. Would not recommend this book to others.
DNF - Awful. Did not finish.
To look for a particular review, I'd suggest searching either authors LAST NAME, or the book title. Reviews prior to March 2003 are listed under "Mini-Reviews."
The East Bay Mystery Readers' Group began in December 1993. I shall post the recap of each month's meeting as well as the books selected for two subsequent months.