Thursday, March 22, 2018

Reviews: Your Turn (Jill)

 A few days ago, I was on Facebook following a thread concerning appropriate reading material, in particular YA fiction. If any of you have read any YA lately, sometimes it reads more like adult fiction--very adult fiction.

If that YA novel you picked up is for a younger family member, say a son or a daughter, you may be giving them more of an education than you thought. This is one of the reasons I'm a big proponent of reading what my kids read (but that's another blog post for another time).

Although I check reviews for my reading choices, I also use them for my youngest daughter. She loves graphic novels, but some of them have sexual situations, graphic violence, and other questionable content I know she's not ready for.

Because I usually buy books for Easter instead of candy (although a few jelly beans and chocolate bunnies may find their way into the baskets!), Goodreads and Amazon reviews have proven invaluable when I'm making my purchases.
What about you? Do you use them? How do they help you? Or do you use a different method/site when choosing your reading material?
Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Goodreads reviews are definitely one place I go to check out book reviews. It’s a great place to get a feel for what the reading experience of a book might be like. I also like to check out Common Sense Media for a breakdown of conent like language, violence, and adult situations. They cover movies, books, games, and apps.

  2. Ooh, I've never heard of Common Sense Media. I'll have to look them up since I'm always wondering about that kind of stuff regarding my girls. Thanks for mentioning it!

  3. I look at amazon reviews. Often though, I just read that others I trust recommend or books from respected Christian publishers.

    1. Thanks for the reminder! Word of mouth recommendations are a great resource, Elizabeth, especially from Christian publishers. I've found some good books that way.

  4. Great post, Jill! I don't read a lot of reviews these days, mostly because my author friends are publishing so many books I'm hardly reading anything else! But I can definitely see reviews being important once my kids grow out of children's books!


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