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.