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.

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