About Book Reviews
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I started doing book reviews in late 2015, and at present, do not accept requests for book reviews.
How Books Become Eligible
Books may be reviewed if they meet the following criteria, which I’ve noticed about my personal reading preferences and purchaser preferences:
- They’re already in my to-read pile.
- They may have been advertised on Bookbub, The Fussy Librarian or Booktastik for free (I’m a sucker for free books).
- They’re available either in paperback, through Kobo or on Amazon.
- Unless non-fiction, they don’t cost more than £9.00 (that’s about 13USD or 12EUR).
- I finished reading it (you don’t want me sharing a review of a book I dropped).
- The book cover has been done professionally, or at least doesn’t look like it was thrown together in Microsoft Paint.
- Are written by an author I’m interested in socially or as a reader (if you’re reading this and are an author who is already in my Google Plus circles, you’re in!). Alternatively, the book’s backcopy caught my interest.
- The author hasn’t asked me specifically to review it (but may have in the book itself). I’ve chosen to read and review it without being asked.
- They caught my interest whilst browsing naturally, and are of any of the following genres and/or categories: fantasy, swords and sorcery, sci-fi, thrillers, adventure, crime, romance, entrepreneurship, productivity, publishing, marketing, web design, business management, leadership, horror (including traditional vampires, not the modern pussy-cat vampires) and young adult.
How I Review Books
I’m not a fan of the whole 5 stars thing that book bloggers use. I’m sure it works for them, but personally, I feel that I would forget how I define each star, and any bubbling excitement or curiosity caused by the book’s being finished could affect the rating I give it.
Instead, I do it by placing the book into one of two possibilities: recommended and reviewed. Reviewed books have been finished but I’m not happy to recommend it to my readers and friends. Recommended books are ones I feel my readers and friends would love, and I can promote the book happily without any cringing.
Whilst reviewing books, I try not to give away any spoilers, but the odd one may slip in. I’ll talk about the basic story, and sometimes touch upon any subplots and my reactions. In particular, I’ll also mention a list of strengths and weaknesses of the reviewed book.
I also leave a little (positive) note to the author for my fiction reviews. Authors are doing a great thing, and if they’re reading a book review I’ve written, I like to acknowledge that in thanks 🙂
How to Tell if a Book is Recommended?
A recommended book’s article on my site will be titled like this: “Recommended [Genre] Book: Book Title by Author Name.” If the review says just, “Review: Book Title by Author Name”, then it’s not recommended, but I still have something to say about it.
How are Reviews Promoted?
At present, my book review articles are shared by: RSS, Google Plus, Twitter and to my email list (which is separate from my blog’s feed). I may do a, “Best of Year” countdown article too at the end of each year.
Reviews given are only for books I have chosen to read without being asked. No payment is accepted for any of the reviews, and they are the honest thoughts of myself upon finishing reading the books.
Please note that on my book review articles I may use affiliate links to the book on Amazon (see this page for more info about that).
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