Policy and Scale

My Review Policy

At this time, I am not accepting review requests via email.  I am a little overwhelmed and will not have the time to get to author requests anytime soon.

I am currently accepting hard-copy books for review from publishers.  I do not guarantee that I will read and review every review copy I receive, but I will try to get to as many as possible.  Please let me know of any specific time-frames for the review and I will try and meet it.  The typical timeline for review postings is 6-8 weeks. if you do not receive an email from me, assume that I will be declining that request.

I do not accept compensation for my reviews.  My reviews will be unbiased and honest.

If I cannot/do not finish the book, I will not give it a review.  But I will let you know why I couldn’t/didn’t finish it.

If I finish reading the work and it ends up getting 2 stars or less, I will not feel comfortable with author interviews or giveaways simply because I would not want to recommend or advertise for a book I did not enjoy.

I also will not participate in book blasts/advertising/promoting. I began this blog as a place for reviews and discussions, and I plan on keeping it that way. I will review a book, and if I liked the book I will host a giveaway or a personal author interview.

I WILL NOT REVIEW THE FOLLOWING GENRES:  Romance/Erotica, short story collections, Paranormal or Historical Fiction.

An in-depth look at My Bookshelf Rating Scale.

1=Bottom of Bookcase:  This is where I put all of the books I just cannot stand.  These books annoyed me from beginning to end, either because of general plot suckiness, incompetent writing, or wretchedly-developed characters.  Since I have started this blog, I have not given a book 1 star. But an example of a book I just cannot stand is:

Three Lives by Gertrude Stein:  Horrific experimental writing style, took me a month to finish the 150 page book.

 

2=Second Shelf Book:  I affectionately dub this shelf the “meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh” bookshelf.  When a book gets a two, it means that I could get through it, but I did so begrudgingly. There were just too many things that irked me enough that I probably would never pick it up for a re-read. It is lacking in development, whether it is with characters, world, plot, or a combination. These flaws make the book unenjoyable.

Example Review: The Waiting Tree by Lindsey Moynihan

2.5 Stars: Just an average book. For the most part, I was enjoying it until something happened that completely changed my mind about it. Still makes me Meeeeeehh, but a little less than a 2.

Example Review: #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue by Janet Gurtler .

3=Middle Shelf:  On this shelf I place all of my pleasant reads–easy reads that are enjoyable and fun.  If it is more along the lines of classic literature and gets a 3, then it is most likely because I feel a sense of accomplishment in reading it and understanding and appreciating it.  A generally “liked” book that I would consider re-reading someday.

3.5 Stars: I enjoyed more than just being a pleasant read, but there was still something that prevented me from fully giving myself in to the story.

Example Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

4=Fourth Shelf Books:   These books are solid fall-backs and are worthy of being read.  A 4th shelf book is one that grabs my attention from the beginning and intrigues me through plot, character development, and style of writing. For me, there is nothing innately wrong with the book. It is just a fantastically good read and worthy of your attention.

Example Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

4.5 Stars: This rating is reserved for the “OMG WHEN I READ THIS BOOK AGAIN IT WILL PROBABLY GET 5 STARS” books. I loved this book! And there isn’t anything wrong with it. And when I reread it, it will probably be a 5. I am just really stingy with my fives.

Example Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

5=Top Shelf Books:  This shelf is reserved for my absolute favorite books, period.  These books are my obsessions.  These are the books I want to literally jam down people’s throats until they pick them up and read them for themselves.  There will not be very many 5 ratings given out, mostly because I normally have to read a book for a second (or third) time before I will consider it a Top Shelf favorite.  However, for the purposes of this blog, if I absolutely adore the new read and can see it as being equal to other books on the top shelf, I will put it there with them.  But don’t expect a lot of 5s.

Example Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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