As a reviewer, I try to be consistent with the rest of AAR’s team in terms of what an A, B, C, D, or F grade means. I know, however, that there will always be judgment calls – not just in terms of what grade we think the book deserves, but even in terms of what the grades are. I wrote this piece to talk about what, very generally, places a book for me at each grade level. If there are multiple descriptors, the book might have all or just one of them. […]
Have you been reading more in 2020?
Because of coronavirus and the lockdowns, we’re spending more time at home than we’re used to.
For many people, it was the perfect opportunity to dive into some great books.
Global English Editing wanted to find out exactly how the world’s reading habits stacked up in 2020 versus previous years. […]
If you’re an AAR old timer (I’ll let you define what that means), you may be wondering if I fell off the face of the earth. Short answer: Yes, yes I did. Short version for those who don’t avidly follow my life: I was a managing editor and then publisher of AAR for years (1998-2016-ish). In 2014 my marriage of 25 years ended, in 2015 I met the love of my life, in 2018 he died. Now it’s 2020, and even with a world that has had no bottom since 2018, I am still on the planet. The seismic shifts in my world have drastically affected my reading, though. […]
We all know that the 5 generations—Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generations—have some pretty big differences.
Although some of these may be rooted in unfair stereotypes, there’s no doubt they have different life experiences and expectations for everything from marriage to employment to entertainment. […]
Where I live, in North Carolina, it’s been HOT. Normally this time of year, we’d be headed to the mountains for a week of cooler vacation but–thank you COVID–not this year. In an effort to vacation, a bit, at home over the next week, I plan to work less and read more. I am (still) currently listening to The Stand–King’s ability to, with a few lines, create memorable characters continues to amaze me […]
Welcome to my vlog (video blog), Behind the Review, which gives readers a behind-the-scenes look into my life as a book reviewer. […]
In Mary Balogh’s 1997 Trad. Regency The Last Waltz, Gerard Percy is living and working in Canada when he learned that he has unexpectedly inherited an earldom. He returns to host a Christmas party at his new estate, to which he invites his Canadian friends, brother and sister Andrew and Jeanette Campbell. […]