I love to discuss books and adore blogging about books. I take my role as a book reviewer very seriously. I take pride in what I write and strive for honesty and fairness in every review. My goal is to share my insights, likes and dislikes about a book as well as giving my personal reasons for such opinions. I do this because I strongly feel that our individual backgrounds will impact our enjoyment of each book. To be completely fair to the author, who put forth every effort in writing the novel, the context of my opinions becomes vital. You will see this forthrightness in every review I write.
Yes, I do receive and review advanced reader copies and other free books. I also accept e-books. I am always willing to consider an offer by an author or publisher; however, I do not review self-published books. I only read books that truly interest me. I have and will continue to turn away books that involve a subject matter that does not interest me, will not help me in some way, or are self-published. My taste is truly eclectic, as you can see by browsing through my reading lists. There are not many books that do not interest me, including business-related and non-fiction books. Because of this, I do have to be somewhat discerning in what I accept to review. This is not personal but rather a method of trying to balance my reading life with my personal life.
In addition, I will review any book I read, whether it is business-related nonfiction, a children’s book or fiction. I read to enjoy and to learn, and my goal is to share what I enjoy and what I’ve learned. However, I will give my honest opinion on all of my reviews. If I find something at fault with the book, I will disclose that fault. I will not (and never will) give a positive review only because I received the book for free.
I do not rate books. It is not something I feel comfortable doing because what I enjoy in a book will not be the same for everyone else. I will always try to share what I like and dislike and my reasons why I liked or disliked them, so that my readers can understand how I formulated my opinions. There are times, such as when I upload my review on LibraryThing, or Goodreads, where I am forced to rate a book. This is not something I enjoy doing, and my rating may not always be the most accurate. I stand by my words more than those ratings as a result.
For all those books I receive for free, I try to say thank you to whichever group was gracious enough to send me a free book because it makes my day to receive one in the mail. However, we are all busy, and we all make mistakes. There may be times where I might forget to do so, for which I am apologizing in advance. If you have ever sent me a free book, and I failed to acknowledge it, I am sorry but know that I truly appreciated it.
Please note that I do not offer giveaways, nor do I do author interviews. These both take time and effort that would detract from my reading and reviewing, which is my primary focus. I would be interested in guest posts in order for my readers to get to know authors better.
I love reading and hope that this love is reflected in my reviews, what I read, and what I write. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this policy or my availability as a reviewer.
Thanks, Pete! Just because experts think certain authors are wonderful does not mean they truly are. I often wonder who decides these things.
Brave gal. I tried expressing something similar in college re JS and had my head handed to me on a platter. Imagine a mere student presuming to judge a Nobel Prize winner. But dull is dull. BTW, Proust, Joyce, Wolfe, and Faulkner (and many other icons) are equally boring and obtuse and are read by no one other profs with patches on the elbows of their corduroy jackets.
Keep thinking for yourself.