About

This website is the brainchild of my wife, Michelle. Frustrated by her inability to find certain information which would be helpful in her selection of books to read (especially when they were part of a series but it was impossible to tell that until she picked up another book by the author and realized that she should have read the second one first), she decided to construct a website that would allow the community of readers to give input on books that would help other readers select their next favorite book.

We all like different books and although it is fun to talk to our friends about good books, it is unusual for us to like the same books as our friends or family. I love disaster books. Like Charles Pellegrino’s book, Dust. That is a great book to me, but my wife is rarely looking for that type of book. My son loves fantasy books with dragons in them. I like fantasy but not if it has dragons in it. My wife hates it when a book gets too violent. I like happy endings but not if they wrap up too neatly or too quickly. Some of us like very little swearing, while others are not concerned about that at all when selecting a book. Sexual content, plot simplicity or just general views by others may be important in our selection of a book. But how do we get that type of information?

The solution was to create a search engine that helps us find books by categories and content that may be important to us. Michelle consulted with others to come up with a way to achieve those goals. The result is Novelbookratings, a work in progress.

We felt strongly enough about the idea to invest money into its creation in the hope of getting it started. However, ultimately its success will depend upon the reviews of many books by many people. That is where you come in.

We hope that you will give us a thirty second review of one of your favorite books. And if you enjoy the website, please become a regular contributor.

Regardless of your interest in providing reviews, we hope that this website helps you pick out a good book to read. That is the ultimate goal.

So have fun with the website and let us know what you think. Your suggestions are welcome as we get the site up and running. If you are reading this blog entry, you are one of the pioneers in helping to build the website into something useful. We hope you find it helpful and enjoyable.

8 Responses to About

  1. eb says:

    I think this is an absolutely wonderful idea (one that I have longed for many times over the past years) and am so greatful that someone created a site that has exactly what I was looking for!
    I’m not a fan of ‘sexually explict’ books but I love romance stories and have a hard time discerning if an interesting book would be worth the read or if I will have to put it down partway through due to content that I’m unhappy with. I love that I came across this site and hopefully will be able to be a contributor and help spread the word so you get many more contributors to aide in the sucess and variety of feedback!!!

    I wish you luck (and again thanks to your wife for thinking it up and you for following through)

    ~Eb

  2. Michelle says:

    I have been trying to find some sort of rating system for books for quite awhile now. I have even thought of doing a web site like yours but am not sure how to go about it. I’m so glad I found yours! I love books and I am always looking for a new book for me, my kids, and my book club but hate it when I hear about a popular book but it has too much offensive language or sexual content. I would love to contribute my opinions about books and would love to know what books I can read that I will truly enjoy instead of being disappointed!
    Sincerely
    Michelle

  3. Terri says:

    What a great idea! I’ve been an avid ready for many years and lately have been grateful for the discovery of audio books that make my 45 minute work commute not only bearable, but pleasurable. I get so disappointed after purchasing an audio book only to discover the story is full of explicit sexual content and offensive language. Then I must turn it off and have wasted money and unwittingly purchased something that is pornographic. This is not only a waste of my time & resources but also sends a message to publishers that this sort of content is acceptable when it most certainly is not (in my opinion). Thanks for this awesome website that will hopefully allow me to make better choices in audio books in the future.

  4. Sheep2 says:

    In a world that has ratings, guides, rules and regulations for films, food, where to walk, run, sit, play & even where your dog poops, I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a guide for parents to help kids choose ‘good reads’ without the sexual references and bad language. As a Christian ministry group your guide is a must for our family & we will spread the word – well done.

  5. reedadams says:

    Thank you for your input. We have expended considerable time and money to create this site because of our belief that families need more input to help us govern ourselves. There is so much good to read and so much of little value. Please encourage your group to review books and expand our data base. The more that good people give their input, the more value this site will have. Thanks again for taking time to comment on our site.

  6. Lisa J. says:

    I love this! I can’t believe that books don’t have rating systems on the back like movies or video games do. I have half a mind to try and rally and get the publishers to have to put them on each book. Don’t know if that would ever work. But this is the next best thing. Thank you for your time. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one that wants to read a great book – specifically romance – without all the explicit sex and language. This is a great tool. Thank you!

  7. beryl stewart says:

    Hi – I am pleased I found this site – I have been ‘campaigning’ for ratings on books for years – I have written to the Minister of Arts, several authors, the Publishers Assn, the Writers’ Assn, Radio 4, Womans’ Hour, Dame Norma Major, MPs, Members of Churches to name but a few and recently had a slot on Radio Cambridge – but it seems that to ‘rate’ books is “too difficult” yet audio books carry ratings. I would love to take this campaign forward but we need some ‘clout’ – any suggestions on how we can do this. The think that drives me is that a child of 10 for example would be quite entitled to walk into a book shop and buy a copy of “Shades of Grey” there is NOTHING to stop that purchase – we shouldbe protecting children especially when we read how children aged 10 and under have been affected by access to pornography Any suggestions welcome and I would be happy to give time and energy to moving this forward

  8. editor says:

    Beryl,

    Thanks for the note. There seems to be some resistance to ratings on books. I wonder if it is the history behind censorship of books. I don’t equate ratings with book bans, but there are many that don’t agree.

    On the other hand, I do see signs that many are increasingly interested in having additional information at their disposal before selecting books for themselves or their families. I think we just need to keep spreading the word that “community” book ratings are feasible and helpful.

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