OK, so I think I've set up the new layout here now and we'll see how it goes once I start with the book reviews. :) Suggestions are welcome if I've left out a useful gadget or the layout gets over-crowded or confusing.
If I understand things correctly, it will be OK for me to start my CBR4 reviews in January (tomorrow! Eeek!) with books I've read/listened to recently. I listen to more books than I read to give my hands a rest from holding a book or e-reader, so I will specify which I am reviewing and comment on the quality as an audio book too, when appropriate. The voice actors can really make or break a book sometimes, so YMMV if you encounter the book in a different format.
This will be my first time actually writing book reviews - I don't think we even did them in school! And perversely, since I'm doing this, I don't really like reading reviews before I read a book. lol I don't like spoilers. So, I will probably be a little more vague on the plot vs some other reviewers and leave it for you to discover. But if you prefer more, please let me know.
The one thing I do like to know about books is their level of sexual violence and torture. I have a very low tolerance for that kind of thing - probably because I get so into the books and seem to live them for awhile after they are finished. I want my books to be an escape, not cause psychological trauma! In short, I wish books had ratings like movies right on their covers. Since they don't, I generally stick to young adult titles, especially in the fantasy and historical fiction genres, to avoid nasty surprises. But, I'm not missing out. There are a lot of great young adult authors, and I'm constantly discovering more. :)
I also enjoy autobiographies and some other types of non-fiction, so hope to review a little bit more of a variety than young adult fantasy and historical fiction - but those are still my favourites.
Happy New Year and Happy reading to everyone in 2012!