I love to read. I started my website as a way to keep track of the books I read. I am very opinionated and when I find a book I love, I can’t wait to tell the world about it.
I’ve been reviewing books for my own site since 1998; I was one of the original book bloggers. I also reviewed for Library Journal for more than ten years, and started reviewing for Booklist in 2012.
To this day I still find it thrilling to discover a new author. I am honored that so many people value my opinion, and I am continually amazed that so many authors want my opinion.
I admit I have a problem. Isn’t that the first step? I am a biblioholic. A book addict. I hear about new books and I have to have them. But over the years, I started realizing that I had too many books.
Yes, as difficult as it is for me to admit, it is possible to have too many books. So I started purging. Majorly purging. I have given away probably thousands of books. But the thing is, I keep getting new ones. I currently receive 20-25 books delivered to my front door every week. That doesn’t include e-galleys for my Kindle and Nook. So it is a constant struggle to keep it all under control.
I read a lot. Not as much as I did when I had younger eyes and was reading a book a day. Now I read 3-4 books a week. So did you read that last paragraph about the 25 books landing on my doorstep each week? And the ebooks? Trust me, I was never a math major but even I know there is no way I can keep up.
I am often asked how I determine which books I am going to read and review. I get most of the catalogs from the major publishers and request review copies of books I have an interest in reading. I have favorite authors and eagerly await their latest releases. I read several review sources on a regular basis. I consider recommendations from friends, co-workers, authors whose works I’ve read and enjoyed, and various pundits of the publishing industry. It would be a dream come true if I could read every book that appeals to me, but unfortunately with my schedule I am forced to be very, very selective, which means I rarely review an unsolicited book. And almost never review a self-published book.
If you are still determined to ask me to review your book, here are the ground rules.
1. Email me a synopsis of the book. I don’t care what the cover looks like and I will not open any attachments.
2. If I think it is something I would like to read, I’ll let you know. This almost never happens.
3. If I think it may be of interest to one of my reviewers, I will forward your synopsis along and see what they have to say. If a reviewer is interested in reading your book, I’ll let you know. This rarely happens either.
4. If there is no interest, you will not hear from me. I cannot possibly respond individually to every request I get. Believe me, I’ve tried. I have a full time job in addition to this lovely site and a family and not more than 24 hours in my days. The amount of email I receive is simply staggering. I trust you understand.
5. If I do accept your book for review, that does not guarantee a review. It’s taken me most of my life to realize that I do not have to finish every book I start. If I don’t finish your book, it will not be reviewed.
6. Remember those 25 books a week? If one of them is yours, and I don’t choose to review it, I cannot engage in an email discussion about it. The review simply won’t appear.
Finally, a note about the books reviewed on this site: In 2009, a law was enacted that has been causing some confusion among online reviewers. For clarity’s sake, all reviews on this site are the opinions of the reviewer, based on a careful reading of the work. Books are furnished to reviewers in a variety of ways, including review copies from the publisher, the author, and/or publicists. Other books are borrowed from libraries, received as gifts from friends and family members, and purchased in bookstores, both online and bricks & mortar. Reviewers stand by their reviews as their own opinion, regardless of the source of the book being reviewed. Any questions about a review or source of a book may be directed to the editor of this site via email.