What's in a Review
These reviews are my thoughts. Just as a book is the work of an author, these reviews are my work. I have enormous admiration for any person who writes an entire book. That is not a journey I have attempted. That respect for the authors and their work is independent of my reaction to the book. A review is an individual reaction to a book - it may be positive or not but will always include my reasoning either way.

Functionally, the structure of my reviews includes the following:
  • Cover art
  • Title 
  • Author 
  • Publication Information: Publisher. Date. Number of pages. 
  • ISBN: 10 / 13 
  • Book Source 
  • Opening Sentence
  • Favorite Quote
  • My thoughts on the books including a brief synopsis 
  • Star Ratings

When I receive books through authors, publicists, publishers, or other publishing affiliates, the books are provided free of cost in exchange for an honest review. I receive no compensation for my reviews. The reviews are always mine and always truly what I think about the book regardless of the source of the book.

What I Read
I read almost everything - fiction and nonfiction in a variety of genres. The one exception to that is that I prefer not to read erotica or books that contain enough physical descriptions to come close to erotica. It's just not for me.

Essentially, I base my decision to read a book on the book description, the author (if it's a new work of a previously read author), and sometimes even the cover. Every book has the potential to teach and to bring joy to my reading life. So, if it sounds interesting to me, I want to leave myself open to reading it.

The one exception to that is for my local book club, I will read whatever the month's selection is regardless of whether I would have chosen to read it otherwise. That exposure, to me, is a big advantage of participating (in addition to a night out with friends!).

My Five Star Reads can give you an idea of the books I have really enjoyed.

When I Read
I read review copies approximately in order of publication dates unless the book is for a book club or a read-along. Then, of course, I try to time my reading with the timing of the event. If you have a specific request as far as a review date, please let me know in advance and I will do my best to accommodate it.

What Format I Read
I read both paper copies and e-books.

Where I post
The original, of course, is here. I also cross-post a summary of the review and a link back on a number of social networks and on a number of reading networks. I am also listed on a number of blog directory services.

Favorite Quotes
Please know that I pick a favorite quote from each book I read. I have collected quotes for many years - words that make me think, words that inspire me, words that touch me, and words that make me smile. If the version of the book I read is a galley, then the quote is from that copy. As the author and/or publisher may make changes on these proofs before the final printing, please check the final published book if you wish to quote for any purpose.

How to Contact Me
If you are an author, publicist, publisher, or other publishing affiliate interested in having me review a book, participate in a blog tour, host a relevant guest post/interview/giveaway, please contact me via a message through the social networks listed under "Connect With Me". I do try to respond to requests in a timely manner.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nada

    I noticed your Under the Tuscan Sun review and I thought that maybe you might be interested in my similar Italy book as well: "Living in Italy: the Real Deal" with sixty witty short stories about my adventures as a Dutch expat in Italy. Maybe you would like to have a look and see if you want to read it? The ebook is currently free.

    Book summary:
    In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along, to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to be taken before the first guests could be accommodated. In 2014 Stef reported about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national health service, importing their car and a range of other things that lead to a myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes. As a reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood, sometimes cliché, sometimes surprisingly original. But always worth encountering.

    Author bio
    Stef Smulders and his husband Nico are two adventurous Dutch men who decided to start a new life in Italy. In 2008 they made the big move with their dog Saar and set up Bed and Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the beautiful wine region of the Oltrepò Pavese to the south of Milan. In 2014 Stef published his first collection of amusing short stories (in Dutch) about daily life among the Italians, entitled "Italiaanse Toestanden - Leven en overleven in Italie". It was so well received that he published a follow-up volume of humorous anecdotes in 2016. The third volume is under preparation, expected to be in press by spring 2017. "Living in Italy: the Real Deal" is the translation into English of the first volume.

    "The book is a comical, often downright hilarious account" - Reader's Favorite Five Stars Review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
    "Smulders storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining." - Blogcritics and Readerviews five stars review ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

    Goodreads page:

    Have a look at my presentation page as well with fragments and a sneak preview if you like:

    Hope to hear from you
    Cari saluti