I know some of you hate it just as much as I do: you start a book that you’re really excited to read, and then it starts…the swearing, the eyebrow-raising sexytimes, the crazy gore, and you find yourself thinking, “WHY can’t someone just tell me up-front this is coming?”
That’s why I’m here. 🙂
I know it’s not an issue for everyone, but I’m the kind of reader who could really do without all the R-rated stuff that happens in a lot of books. I love a good story, and I want to be up on all the latest exciting reads as much as the next girl! I won’t, however, compromise my standards about what goes in my brain to do it!
My Ratings Scale and Tags:
For searchability, I tag my reviews language-alert if there’s more than PG-level swearing (see over there on the left in the tag cloud?), and cover-your-eyes if it’s sexually graphic. I’m not a prude. I have four kids! But here’s my rule: if I wouldn’t watch my neighbors doing what’s written without feeling like a creeper, it’s worth noting.
The tag clean-read it means I found the book completely unobjectionable. I let you know what I find, because I always wish someone had told me. If it’s bad enough, I’ll put the book down, and I’ll mention that, too. “The DNF List” page, up there at the top, gives a quick picture of any book I set aside, and why I felt like it wasn’t for me. If a book would be rated R (or worse), that’s usually grounds to DNF it, but sometimes the writing’s just not working for me. I’ll always give you my reasons.