We had lots of great discussion with my post about books and ratings. Thanks for all the comments!
As I mentioned, I'm all for sites that provide guidelines to books. They give us a heads-up on the actual content rather than slapping a one-size-fits-all rating. I'm not for ratings themselves because they're too subjective too be truly helpful.
Since that post, a few sites like that have come to my attention. I'm sure there are others, but here's a few to start out with:
Good Clean Reads
A great site mentioned in the comments by its creator, Kim, is Good Clean Reads. She's developed her own system to "rate" books. I put that in quotes, because it's not so much a rating system as it is a way to clue in readers on content. (This brings me all kinds of joy. It's just what we need!)
Each "rating" consists of three numbers, from 1-5. The numbers represent sexual content, violence, and profanity. Put the numbers together, and a rating could look like this: 2.1.3.
Kim herself is careful to point out that even this system is subjective, but her system is just about as good as it gets.
This site uses a simpler rating system (very easy, but probably not quite as effective as Kim's), that rates the level of content from "None" to "Dirt." I didn't know until I found Rated Reads and poked around that my good friend Heather Moore is one of their reviewers. One thing they have going for them is that they have a pretty decent-sized archive.
Parental Book Reviews
This site falls between the other two on how complex their rating system is. Parental Book Reviews uses a 7-level scale from "none" to "extreme," giving a rating on four content areas each: sexual content, profanity, violence, and "other notables," which I appreciated, and which includes things like underage drinking or other elements not covered in the other categories.
This is a sister site to Parental Book Reviews, and it's aimed specifically at young adults. Fellow writer Braden Bell pointed me toward a brave and insightful post there, written by a mom, about sex in youth fiction.
It's long, but worth the read. Read it and discuss it with your teens.
when I started posting content reviews a few years ago I had no idea it was such a popular book blogger niche :)
and now... now I wish I'd just hooked up with other reviewers to begin with because there is no WAY I can read as much as those teams do :)
This post has been bookmarked! Thanks for sharing your findings!
I'm bookmarking, too, and will definitely check these out. Thanks for doing the research!
Thanks, Annette! Now I can add more books to the towering TO READ pile. I have to hesitate so often!
I don't have teens yet but I'm preparing now. I plan to have a home library filled to bursting with good clean reads, and a list of the ones that wouldn't fit on our bookshelves as well. I always want to have an answer to the question I someday dream of being asked by my daughters, ''Mom, what should I read?''
Thanks so much for posting about my blog!
Brilliant! I just hate hearing all the hype about a book only to find the pages filled with smut. Thanks for the hot tip, Annette!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share these with us-I appreciate all you do........
I heart you. Seriously, thank you for this!
Thanks for the great information.
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