The Shelf System

Ah, book reviews. Believe it or not they can be tricky little things. Allow me to explain how and why my rating system and search for books works the way it does.

“Do you know of any good books, really good books, I could read?”

If I had a dime for every time I’ve been asked that question.

While our libraries are filled to the brim with books, DVD’s, and audio productions, the truth is, I wouldn’t read 90% of it. I don’t want empty words, or stories that leave me empty and dry. I want, as Louisa May Alcott said, “Good strong words that mean something.” And even with all that we have access to today, those are extremely hard to find.

So that’s one of the reasons the Corner Shelf exists. I’m on a hunt for books that say something, that mean something. Ones that will change you, challenge you, and even comfort you. Fiction, non-fiction, audio, paperback, centuries old, or hot off the press.

I wanted to use a rating system, that didn’t say “Read or Don’t Read” because when it comes to discernment (which I highly encourage and emphasize, especially when it comes to entertainment), it’s not discernment if someone does the work for you. So I use my own Shelf Rating that discusses the content, teachings, writing styles, author’s beliefs and history, and then places the book on one of three virtual shelves.

The Top Shelf is the highest rating I will give. In my opinion, the book was exceptional.

The Middle Shelf is the middle rating (no way, right?). In my opinion, the book was good.

The Bottom Shelf is the lowest rating. It means it was alright.

Pretty simple, right?

Soli Deo Gloria.
“To God Alone Be Glory.”

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found what you were looking for, or even better weren’t looking for what you found, but were okay with it! If you have any questions, comments, or book suggestions you can contact me here.

**One final note, a negative or less than stellar review, is of the book, NOT the author. I cook great meals sometimes, and other times the smoke alarm is the dinner bell, yet my family always comes to the table. Kind comments only, negative ones will be removed. Let’s be appreciative of the effort people have poured into their work, even if it wasn’t our personal favorite. Let’s always come to this table, joyful, kind, and grateful.**