Review Policy + Contact

Since everyone seems to mean different things when rating books, I was thinking that I’d mention how I think when I rate and review. I use a five-star scale, and I call the stars feathers, because of the name of the blog.

1 Feather:
This means that I really didn’t like a book. Actually I don’t think that I’ve ever handed out a one-feather rating to a book, because usually there’s something about it that I can appreciate even though I generally didn’t like it. So if a book gets one feather, it is crap. And it might also mean that I didn’t finish it.

2 Feathers:
Two feathers mean that I didn’t like it, but not everything was totally bad. There is usually some aspect that redeemed the book – perhaps the writing, or the setting, or it had a good ending, or something along those lines.

3 Feathers:
The book wasn’t super-good, but it wasn’t bad, either. I think that this is the rating that I hand out the most, alongside four-feather ratings.

4 Feathers:
I really liked a book if I gave it four feathers. Mostly everything about it appealed to me, but it didn’t receive five feathers because there was something small about it that pulled it down.

5 Feathers:
This means that I loved the book. However, I am very restrictive with dealing out five feathers. There has to be something special about it for me to give it five feathers.

Sometimes, I use 0.5, when a book isn’t quite any of the other ratings (so, for example, if something gets a 3.5, it means that it was better than a 3, but didn’t quite reach up to a 4). I will also sometimes post shorter versions of my reviews on Goodreads – there will at least be a rating and a link to my review.

I will consider accepting books for review or doing collaborations on the blog/Instagram/YouTube, but please contact me about it first. You can do so by e-mailing me: bookowlie@gmail.com.

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