Showing posts from January, 2021

How I'm Reviewing Books in 2021 - The CAWPILE System

As I’ve mentioned a million times, 2020 was my first year of reading and reviewing books properly. I went into 2020 giving most books 5 stars, and the more I read and the more I got into the swing of reviewing, the less frequent they became. When I was writing my 2020 wrap up, I noticed just how many 5 star reviews I’d given out and up until around August I don’t think I’d given out a 3 star review (I’d given out lower and higher.. I just didn’t give out 3 stars). I think that the lack of 3 star reviews was because I’d got it in my head that 3 stars = bad book which completely isn’t the case. When looking at how I could improve my reviewing going into 2021, I came across a blog post which mentioned the CAWPILE reviewing method and I was completely intrigued. After a little bit of digging, I found that this was a system created by Booktuber Book Roast . The CAWPILE system is a way of reviewing books more critically, and not just plucking a number out of thin air, which is what I’v

Every Book I Read in 2020 (And What I Rated Them)

Grab a brew and get comfy, this could be a long one. 2020 saw me read 57 books. Not the biggest number in the world, but still something I am immensely proud of. Here’s every single book I read this year and what I rated them. There are some university books in amongst this so I’ll just stick them in at the end to make the count up to 57 even though I don’t rate them. This is in replacement of December’s reading wrap up. I read 1 book - Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder and I gave it a 4 star. It was a middle grade book about Christmas and I liked it. That’s my wrap up. 5 STAR READS Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli Simon vs. The Homo sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli (Yes I read book 2 before book 1 because I am a true idiot) The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid The Familiars - Stacey Halls The Foundling - Stacey Halls Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There - Lewis Carroll Happil