About Me

The Purpose Behind The Blog

I want to review as many of the books that I read as I can. Some of these will be more suitable for my other blog, Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers, where I deal with a wide variety of titles and genres. Others fall into my favorite subject area and so this blog is dedicated to sharing my passion for fiction set in the city of Rome and throughout the Ancient Roman Empire. I will also try to include factual posts about some of the iconic people, places and events of that period because I want to try to communicate the admiration I feel for this section of history. I may even attempt to offer some critical analysis of film, television and radio portrayals of the time period, if I can find the time . . .

For a better understanding of why I am obsessed by this time period, have a look at my first post No, I Do Not Wear a Toga At Home!

Please note: although some of the titles I review may be Young Adult fiction, the reviews here are aimed at an adult readership, so they will make reference to some things unsuitable for younger readers. 

My Rating System
5 Stars
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. It is a classic that I could re-read frequently and lose myself in every single time. It either has no flaws or is so amazing that any flaws are inconsequential. I love it and it has possibly changed my life or how I view the world. If I had to choose a suitcase of books to be the only things I could read for the rest of my life, this book would be one of them. I will recommend this to as many people as possible at every opportunity.

4 Stars
This is a really good book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written and very entertaining with memorable aspects, although it has some minor flaws. I would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy the genre.

3 Stars
This is a good book, which is a pleasant enough read. It has a good number of minor flaws or it is predictable or clich├ęd in some ways, but not enough to make it a bad read. Recommended to fill in time before something better comes along.

2 Stars
I didn’t enjoy reading this book. I had huge problems with it but it has some redeeming qualities that kept me engaged to the end. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless they had nothing else to read.  

1 Star
I really disliked what I read of this book (I probably didn’t finish it). Although I appreciate that other people might like it, I could not overlook the major problems and / or suspend my disbelief sufficiently to feel like this was anything other than a massive waste of my time. Of course, I am not likely to write full reviews for 1 star books, mainly because I don’t finish them, but also because I don’t want to spend any more time on them. 

If you want to contact me, you can reach me at sue (dot) venividilegi (at) gmail (dot) com.

Please note that everything I post is written by me unless I link to the original author.