Hi there! Welcome to Prosenotes, and thanks for visiting!
A blog where I take a look at all things books – from reviews of the most recent books to thoughts on the latest news. If you have a book you’d like me to review or a feature you’d like to see, send me a link on the “Contact” page.
If you review books, feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you’d like to be a guest contributor.
Thank you very much for visiting, and I truly hope you enjoy the site. It’s a lot of fun for me, and I hope you find it useful.
Also, Prosenotes began as a book review aggregator, but we have since moved away from that. See the whole story here. I’m leaving all 100+ of the aggregated reviews up, and here’s what they mean:
Just the facts
Prosenotes was an aggregate (or meta) book review site, meaning we went around the wide world of book reviews, read them, rated them, and incorporated them into an easily-digestible letter for you to consider when you’re picking out your next read.
That number is a weighted average of the reviews, and we divide them up by the number:
- A: reviews were extremely positive (86% and up liked the book).
- B: reviews were positive, but not overwhelmingly so. The book had some noted issues, but it still very good (76-85%).
- C: reviews were average - a lot of people liked the book, but a fair number didn’t (66-75%).
- D: reviews were below average. This book has some redeeming qualities, but the majority of the reviewers don’t recommend it (56-65%).
- F: compared to nearly all the other books out there, these are the worst. You should probably avoid these (55% and lower).
We listed the reviews with a representative snippet and a link so you can see exactly what they said. If you like the book, feel free to follow our link to Amazon. Buying it through that link will help us out with the site , as Amazon will give us a small percentage of the sale!
The long story
A few months back, I was trying to find a new book to read. I found that the best way to figure out if a book was good or not was to either search several different newspapers and see what they though (which took a long time) or look at user reviews (potentially very biased – just look how many books are 4+ stars on Amazon). A book is kind of a big commitment, and having read some truly terrible books, I wanted to feel a little better about what I was spending my time and money on.
There are plenty of meta-review sites for basically any other type of media, but none for books! That idea lead to the site you’re looking at. I hope you like it, and if you have any books you’d like to see on it, or any feedback in general, feel free to leave a comment on a post or send me an e-mail at Jason@Prosenotes.com