Hi! I’m an American high school girl who has loved to read ever since I learned how. I created this book review blog to review YA books– or whatever books I’m reading, really; I’m a YA, so I consider anything I read to be YA enough for this blog– from the perspective of a typical reader, rather than an intellectual critic’s perspective. I review books based not on their grand literary qualities, but on how the experience of reading them actually was. Popular YA books are often under-respected because they’re considered to be beneath really serious, dense works of literature; not so here. I’ll tell you the books you’ll actually enjoy, if you’re anything like me!
I plan to post a new review every Saturday. Sometimes I’ll review really recent books, but more often I’ll probably be unearthing ones that have been out for a few years. A good book has no expiration date.
How to Contact Me
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or want to ask me to review your book, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.
How IBTJ Works
Now to explain the grading systems I’ll be using here at I’ll Be the Judge.
Smileys: Each book will get an enjoyability score out of five ‘s. This is a rating of simply how much I enjoyed the book while I was reading it, generally speaking.
Brains: Then there’s the “deep thoughts” score, out of five ‘s. The term “score” is sort of a misnomer on this one. A low brain score does not mean the book was bad. Like I said, I don’t believe a book has to be “deep” in order to be worthwhile. I just thought it would be nice for readers to know going in whether the book aims to be really philosophical, examine life and the human condition, etc., or if it’s purely light reading. That way, you can choose based on what you’re in the mood for.
Special Awards: Then there will be special awards for certain books. There is no scale for the awards- you either get one or you don’t. They are:
Squee: Awarded for excellence in romance
Soaring Eagle: Awarded for great inspirationalness
ROFL: Awarded for comedic excellence and hilarity
All-Nighter: Awarded to extremely gripping books
Illuminator: Awarded for excellence in thought-provokingness
Muse: Awarded for excellence in beautiful, lyrical language
That’s really all there is to it! If I find a need for more grading symbols in the future, I’ll let you know.