So here's the question:
Do you go back and look at your grades and wonder if maybe you weren't nearly as tough on the book as you should have been?
This isn't re-reads I'm talking about or those books that we all have on the keeper shelf from 1989 that we just know aren't going to be quite the book we remembered from way back when.
I'm talking about a few months to a year later when some of us do our year in review.
Tara Marie definitely has some books she thinks weren't as wonderful once the afterglow faded (one of them is an Anne Stuart but I'm okay *reaches for puffer*) and I dare say that many of us probably have the same reaction after a few months.
Jennie also was talking about her favourite books from this past year and mentioned how only one of her books received a perfect 10.
Yes, only one 10. I think of a 10 as perfection. I'll probably only ever give 10s to re-reads of old beloved favorites. Because getting better with each subsequent reading is the ultimate test for books. The 10 for 2006 was The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. Probably my favorite book of all time. And my first blog post, which completely does not do it justice. But my writing, no matter how gushing, could never do it justice.
In that moment I started to wonder what book I would have rated a 10 and immediately thought of Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase. It was only after thinking on it for a moment that I remembered it took me a couple of sittings to get into it so it couldn't be as perfect as I thought. Still, it is a keeper.
Then I thought of my favourite read from this year which has to be Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward but, wait. The lessers bore me, the multiple characters tend to stress me out while I'm waiting for the romance to continue and even though the book is extremely romantic, it was truly the story of Zsadist and how he came back to life.
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. Yeah. Perfec - crap. I was a wee bit squicked out about human kids changing into animals whenever they wanted. (I could explain it but we all know that would be another post - let's just say it probably has something to do with me not wanting to read YA books as a rule either). Then there was that one inconsistency that I figured out a few days later but thought that maybe it would be addressed in the following books. And really, there were a few parts that were slow so it wasn't all perfection. Still a keeper though.
Okay, I know what you are thinking. 'Pick an Anne Stuart book, afterall, you are a fangirl!'
I am a fangirl but then I'm also not blind to faults. As much as I loved Devil's Waltz there were things that irked but it's Anne Stuart and I know that I'm going where I want -
Holy shit it just came to me!!
Anne Stuart's Lord of Danger!
I can't even tell you how excited I am right now! Why couldn't I remember that this book is sheer perfection for me!?
Good God I feel so much better. I was getting worried that I had never read a book that I would rate a perfect 10.
I have a book!!
Phew, it's a good thing you guys came and helped me out.
See, I was even thinking about my favourite Linda Howard book Dream Man but I'm not sure I would give it a 10 and then there is Suzanne Brockmann and maybe one of her non-SEAL books - oh, oh!!! Time Enough for Love - 10!! AND it's a TT which rarely work for me because of the logistics but she even managed to convince me that her ending was plausible!!
Woohoo! This is getting good!
My point, my point, my point *mumbles while staring at the ceiling*
Ah, if you rate a book a keeper, does it mean it's perfect?
Yeah, that might be my point.
You get to see when I'm all 'damn skippy' about a book and cry 'KEEPER, KEEPER, KEEPER'.
Well, it doesn't mean the book is perfect. It just means it was in the A grade category. Like in Z's book there were things that bothered me but it's still a keeper and it will live on my Keeper pile until 20 years from now when I wonder what I was thinking OR when it truly becomes something I can't part with ever.
Then there are the books that I thought were a keeper and a year later I'm wondering why it got such a high grade from me. Brockmann's many SEAL books are examples of that. Her last one that caused me to give up on her was listed as a KEEPER at the time (before blog) but as I thought more about it I was just overly disappointed with the whole book. Then there are the books that I have read and given keeper status and I don't have a clue what they were about!
No! I'm not old!
I just don't have the greatest memory. Heck, I couldn't remember what Devil's Waltz was about until I re-read the first page - sure, then it all comes rushing back and I can't re-read the book because I remember everything!
Okay, where in the hell did my point go!? How did we get here?
*took a left, sharp 180 and*
Enough about me. What about you and your grading system? Do you sometimes look back and wish you hadn't been so forgiving or even so harsh? If you are blogging do you feel like you can go back and re-grade? Is the grade only important to you and not a marker that another person should use to read a book? (ooooh, I just figured out something else about myself - I only use grades as a reference point and look at the review to see how the book did except if it's a book I'm waiting desperately for - then I just glance at the grade and run).
Okay, let's stop before I find another bend in my curve.
That's a Wrap!!
Smoke 'em if you got 'em!