Book Review Policy

This blog is mostly about writing, but reading is an important component to writing. I post book reviews every Saturday (and on Tuesdays during July and August).

The books I read are given to me as gifts, I buy myself, or are borrowed from my local library or friend.

I only accept book requests from September 1 to March 31.

I am currently CLOSED to pitches and recommendations for book reviews.

You Should Know…

–There are no “bad books,” but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. All reviews will be honest, but fair. If I don’t particularly care for a book I will give it a one- or two-star rating (see rating system below) and fairly explain why.
–I have the right to decline review offers, but I will respond to every request I receive. If you do not hear from me within two (2) weeks, feel free to contact me again.
–I suggest looking at my Goodreads or Reading List to see what kinds of books interest me.
–I’m open to reading most genres, but the genres I’m most interested in are as follows: any young adult fiction, any middle-grade fiction, mystery, and memoir. (Please note: I will not accept any erotica or explicit genres. It’s just not my style.)
–In addition to my blog, I will post the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.
–The books may take up to a couple of months before I post the review on my blog and elsewhere depending on how many books I have in my queue ahead of you.

If You’re an Author or Publisher…

–I accept PDF files of the book. At this time, I am unable to accept print copies or Kindle versions.
–I accept self-published books.
–I mention in my reviews how I receive all my books. I will note I “received a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.”
–At the end of each review, I will add a quick blurb about the author. (Please note: I will only do this if social media links and a brief bio is given to me when contacting me about a review.)
–Use the contact form to pitch a book. Otherwise, the request will be overlooked.

When contacting me, please include…
–Title and author
–Genre
–A brief summary
–Links to the book on Goodreads and Amazon
–Links to the author’s website and social media (optional)
–A brief bio of the author (optional)

Book Recommendations

–If you’re not an author or publisher and would just like to recommend a book you think I might like, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
–When recommending a book, please include the title and author’s name so I may easily find it. It would also be helpful if you left a link to Amazon or Goodreads, but a title and author are all I need.
–I will review books that are recommended to me, but please note that recommendations may take a while to read and review for various reasons: when and where I receive a copy of the book or how many books I already have lined up (from authors or otherwise).

Rating System

I will rate every book I review using the five-star rating system:

–Five (5) stars: I absolutely loved it. I would recommend the book.
–Four (4) stars: I liked it. I would recommend the book.
–Three (3) stars: It was okay. I may recommend the book.
–Two (2) stars: I didn’t like it, but I could tolerate it. I would not recommend the book.
–One (1) star: I didn’t like it. I would not recommend the book.

Contact Me

After you’ve read the above information, use the contact form on the Contact Me page if:

–You’re an author or publisher and would like me to review your book.
–You have a book recommendation for me.

This review policy has been in effect since January 1, 2016. It may be updated and changed at my discretion. Thank you.

Last updated: May 25, 2017

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