These FAQs will explain the MegsMinutes.com rating system as well as information behind reviews.
FAQ Table of Contents
- Rating System FAQs
- Book FAQs
- Movie FAQs
- Music FAQs
- Course FAQs
- Puzzle Rating System FAQs
- How Can I Show My Support
- Website Content Copyrights
Rating System FAQs:
I use a system to rate all the things I review on my site. I use the same system for books, movies, courses, etc. I do not plan to review anything I cannot recommend. If I have a review for a product I cannot recommend, the review will be posted on a 3rd party site.
- 3 Thumbs Up: Borrow it or Rent it
- 4 Thumbs Up: Add it to Your Wishlist
- 5 Thumbs Up: Don’t Wait for Santa – Get it Now!
Content Cautions Rating Legend:
- V = Violence: graphic, excessive, or possibly disturbing i.e. kidnapping, abuse, gun usage
- L = Language: profanity or sexually explicit dialogue
- S = Sexual Situations: content involving displays of affection beyond a friendly kiss, scenes that are borderline too descriptive
- D = Dialogue or Disturbing Topics: discussions of drug use, discussions or acts of suicide, rape, etc.
My goal in the Content Cautions section is to simply give you a heads-up on any content that could keep you from fully enjoying a book or movie.
I am not trying to give an exhaustive caution as such cautions are highly subjective. I am however listing things that stood out to me as I read the book or watched the movie.
I also have a goal of providing cautions without spoiling a story…which can be tricky! Because of this, I do not place a Content Cautions section in every article, but I do try to include them, if needed, in any young adult (YA) or Children’s book or movie review.
To Read or Not To Read!
Do you like to read? I have been a reader since I could…read! Over the years, I have read lots of great books. But I don’t often hear about many of the books I value so much. That’s sad! So, after giving it some thought I decided, why not share the good books I enjoy with you! If you would like some creative book suggestions, check out my book reviews.
What Books Do I Review?
I review books from my own book shelves and from my library. I also review books that I have won or that an author/group has given me (so I’d review them). I am very particular about what books I accept. I’ve quickly learned to be selective and to make sure I’m the target reader an author is trying to reach. I look for books that are adventurous, clean, imaginative, and good reading material for anyone.
Can I Send You an ARC/Galley?
Right now, I’m pretty full up! If you have a book you think I might be interested in, please bring it up over on Facebook. I generally accept Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) from authors I know or from authors whose work I have read before/enjoyed and I know I can give the book a positive review. I only read books in certain genres and I only review books that I think my readers will find interesting and that I can happily recommend. Current genres I’m enjoying are Christian: westerns, fiction, young adult, children, and Christmas (I love Christmas!). I also enjoy books in these genres whether contemporary or historical in setting.
Movies! Lights! Stories! Plots! Characters! Oh My!
Do you like watching good movies? I do! My movie reviews include oldie goldies, current films, and blockbuster hits (or not-so blockbuster hits). I like to think my writer’s imagination influences my taste. In any event, it is fun to come up with movies to review!
What Movies Do I Review?
I review movies from my own personal collection and from my library. The main thing to know is that I only review movies that I actually enjoy watching and that I think are good enough to share with you. Life is too fun to review the rest! 😉 If the movies are available, I’ll also add links so you can easily buy or rent them without having to play detective to find them. My hope is that you will find new movies that become family favorites.
How Do I Pick My Favorites?
Hm, well, there is no exact science to it. Sometimes it’s the story, sometimes it’s the characters, and other times it’s the novelty. I’ve watched movies off and on my whole life. As a kid I’d watch movies when I visited family or when I would get up at the crack of dawn to watch the “Golden Age of Westerns.” (That’s where I really started to like cowboys. 🙂 ). I didn’t really start watching lots of movies until I entered college. I found that I studied better with something, like a classic movie, playing low in the background (Although, I’ve always liked music in the background too!).
Can I Recommend a Movie for Review?
Sure! I don’t review movies over PG-13 and I only like certain types of movies. There are SO many movies out there to review! So if the movie you suggest is one I’ve seen or that I think would be interesting to my readers, I’d like to hear the suggestion! I cannot promise to review the movie though.
Music to My Ears!
Music is a must have for me and I am looking forward to spotlighting some of my favorites.
How Do I Pick My Favorites?
The term favorite can be so subjective. I have never paid much attention to genres, but I do value good melodies and meaningful lyrics. Favorites for me span many decades, cultures, and styles.
It might sound odd, but it is super fun to be able to take a class online. No campus to go to, no schedule to keep, no stressful tests to ace. Just the simple opportunity to take a course on something you’d like to hone your skills in.
What Courses Do I Review?
I’ve been taking online courses for several years now (well, longer than that really, but no need to date myself). I’ve taken courses on different platforms in an eclectic array of topics. I only review courses I have personally taken and that I can recommend to others.
Puzzle Rating System FAQs
Puzzles are one of my favorite pastimes — and if it is a puzzle I enjoyed working on, there is a good chance I will, at some point, put it together again. When I decided to review the puzzles we put together, I came up with a puzzle rating scale in an effort to categorize our thoughts about each puzzle we did. Let’s face it – when the last piece is put in place, there is normally a general consensus about the puzzle. Whether it was liked or not, opinions will be expressed! Here’s my current 4-point puzzle scale. 🙂
Do Again Scale:
1: Not a chance on the planet.
2: Probably not that desperate again, but maybe.
3: Would probably do again if I didn’t have another new one.
4: Without question I’d do again – already put it on my puzzle calendar!
How Can I Show My Support?
Well, thank you for asking that question. I spend a lot of time working on this site and I like hearing that the content on it is helping you.
Right now, the best way to show your support is by simply sharing the reviews that you read on your favorite social media! I hope to set up affiliate links in the future and when I do I’ll expound upon that topic here. But until then – please share, share, share! And thank you!
Website Content Copyrights
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