People have asked why all my books seem to bear four or five stars. Simple! I try not to post books here that I didn't love. There are so many that I do! (Unless I really hated them, or they were really popular and I differed from the norm, then I might go down into the ones or twos.) So you won't see a bunch of books I wouldn't recommend to people, only books I feel very strongly about.
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Published on February 24, 2012 12:12 • 922 views
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message 1: by Claudette (new)

Claudette I give White Oleander five stars! It is one of my favorite books and one of the most influential books in my life. I read it nearly a decade ago and it still means a lot to me. Thanks!

message 2: by Kayleen (new)

Kayleen White Oleander is my all time favorite novel!

message 3: by Brandy (new)

Brandy Shark Agreed. I try not to waste my time on a poorly written book, or one that I don't like. Life is too short for that.

message 4: by Jeannie (last edited Feb 27, 2013 12:22PM) (new)

Jeannie Walker Janet- I love your honesty! Refreshing these days to see someone like you. I have read White Oleander and loved it and plan on reading it again. Janet is a fabulous author & friend. White Oleander sure deserved five stars...

Ardhanarishvara i have to say that i really appreciated Paint it Black lots more on the 2nd read. I'd advise its readers not to expect White Oleander again, as the rhythm is different.

message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I first read White Oleander when I was 15. It was one of my favorite books then and has remained one of favorite books 10 years later. I always feel a sense of pride when I can introduce this books to people who have never read it.

message 7: by Beem (new)

Beem Weeks Interesting take on rating your books. I tend to post mostly books I've enjoyed. But I'll also post certain books I thought sucked outright--to save others from such dreck. P.S. I loved White Oleander, though I can't say the same for the movie version.

message 8: by Margaret (new)

Margaret White Oleander was a book that I picked up and put down about 20 times in a single bookstore visit. I finally decided to read the first page in order to make my decision and an hour later I was still sitting there reading. I knew right then I had to buy it, not only because it drew me in and was so well-written, but because I fell in love with the prose. It's beauty stunned me and right then I knew that that's the kind of book I want to someday write.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Very smart way to review. I might lean towards that direction. Thanks for giving me something to consider Janet.

message 10: by Bethan (new)

Bethan I was wondering this too! I feel bad every time I give a book one star. I've been told I have 'strong tastes'. Still, I like seeing what books people don't like, too. However, this tactic seems smart and inoffensive. :)

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