* Please note that due to personal circumstances that have seriously cut down my reading time, I am not currently accepting review submissions other than those from the publishing houses who already deal with me. *
I read a lot. I read mostly books that I choose to read or like the look of, but I do also read ARCs and proof copies and review, so long as the subject remotely interests me.
Warning: While I’m not a particularly slow reader, I do also have a busy writing schedule and a family with two small children, so I cannot fit in as many books to read as I’d really like to so sometimes I have to turn them down lest I miss a release deadline.
So here’s what I like to read and am most interested in: Historical fiction, Fantasy, the more cerebral and intelligent Sci-Fi. The better end of the occult/religious thrillers boom. Comedy in the same veins.
What I’m not really interested in: Drama/Saga. RomComs. Modern murder mysteries/whodunnits. Zombies. Time Travel.
I will rarely stop reading a book unless it’s appalling. Even a book I find a struggle I will finish. I grade books on 1-5 stars.
1: Super-dreadful. Chilled my blood with its awfulness. Too poor even for compost.
2: Not at all my cup of tea, though I can see there might be things other people appreciate.
3: An average book. Readable and interesting. Not noteworthy and will probably forget in due course.
4: A good book. One worthy of note and enough to commend to others and seek sequels.
5: A real win. A classic or truly intriguing or absorbing tale.
Now, I don’t actually put the star rating on the review on this blog, though I will often copy the review across to Amazon and Goodreads and use the star system there.
A 5 or 4 star book will always get a review here. A 3 star will often do if it hits me hard enough. A 2 or 1 star will not be reviewed unless I find reason to break my rule. The idea behind this is that because I realise that just because I do not like a book does not mean it’s bad. I may loathe a book that is otherwise high in others’ opinion. Therefore I do not consider it fair for me to risk ruining an author’s livelihood just based on my opinions. I will only review books I like.
Unless… a book is so truly abysmal that readers need be warned. And don’t worry about that. I’ve only ever read two that bad.