Reflections on My First Year of Reviewing

It’s been one year since I officially became a reviewer for AAR. I worked on my A and F reviews for a long time (the requirement when applying to be a reviewer), but never had the nerve to complete and submit them. Finally, I submitted them in early January of 2008, and within a few weeks, my first review was up at AAR.

If I hadn’t been a pollster at AAR since 2006, I’m not convinced I would have applied to review here. Looking at thousands of ballots for the Top 100 Poll, mini-polls, and favorite books by favorite authors polls let me see just how varied readers are. It also helped me realize there is no “perfect” grade for any one book, there’s just “my” grade for a book.

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