Do you review books? Yes. Yes, I do.

Book reviews. People ask me about them all the time. And I write a fair amount of them. And I’m endeavoring to schedule more time to read, and write, and relax, and work on finding that clone army I so desperately need. But, yes, on a serious note, I thought it was time that I address my thought process and rules behind book reviews, so that authors know a little bit more about me and how I work.

First and foremost, you should know, I do not write reviews for every single book I read. I’m sorry. I don’t. And just because I do review a book on Amazon and the like, doesn’t automatically mean I’m going to post it on my blog. I don’t generally post reviews for books that I feel are not, at the very least, worthy, in my insignificant opinion, of three stars or more. There are several reasons for this:

  • Genre: It may be a genre that I generally don’t really care for, but, for whatever reason, I decided to give it a go, and, well, discovered my tastes had, indeed, not changed. In this instance I don’t want to leave a bad review, because it has nothing to do with anything the writer did. It is, just my opinion on the genre and would serve of no benefit to readers. So what don’t I read? For the most part, Fantasy and Sci-Fi are not my cup of tea. But if you do a good job selling your story to me, I might just give it a try ;)
  • Unable to Finish: If I am unable to finish the book (yes, sadly this has happened). I also will not write a review because I don’t think it’s fair to the author for me to base my opinions on a story I did not read in its entirety. However, I will contact the author in a more private setting to let them know.
  • 3 Stars or Less: If I complete a book and feel, for whatever reason, the book is not worthy of at least a 3 star review, I will not post a review. I will, also, however, contact the author to let them know. I know authors appreciate feedback and some feedback, in my opinion, doesn’t need to be blasted all over the interwebs.

And don’t be upset if you tell me about your book and I tell you I’m going to read it and, boom, three months goes by and nothing. I assure you, I haven’t forgotten about you. You see, I’m not just a reviewer or a writer. I’m also a full-time legal secretary, student, runner, and baked goods eater (this takes up more time than one would think). So my free time is often limited. With this said, I will, for those writers whom I have a particularly close relationship with, and who have a big promo or release coming up, will do whatever I can to push them up the pile and get a review out when or as near as possible to their event. Otherwise, just be patient with me, I’m getting to it (I promise!).

And, lastly, please don’t just spam me with links to you book. Engage me in some conversation. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your writing.

So those are my rules. You don’t have to like them or agree with them, you just need to be aware of them. ;)

Questions? Got a book you want me to review? Want to be featured on my site? Easy – shoot me an email at lisa AT lmstull DOT com and we’ll talk.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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6 thoughts on “Do you review books? Yes. Yes, I do.

  1. Are you interested in reviewing The Wardstone Trilogy? I’d love to hear your thoughts and I would supply you with review kindle copies. :-) I wont try and sell them to you, I’ll tell you this. That girl on the dragon on the cover of Book Two – Kings, Queens, heroes, and Fools… That girl could be you! :-) FYI It is as much an epic love story as it is dragon fantasy.

  2. Good blog. Those are good rules. I too review a few books and try to be honest with my reviews, but feel if I can’t give positive feedback on something about the book, I won’t post a review.

    So, I you want to review my book . . . Just kidding.

    Thanks for posting.

  3. Hey, what about my book!– That’s a joke, dear Lisa. You are so very right about having the time and not giving bad reviews. As a writer and much like Ms. Leander says– writing is not all we do and finding time isn’t easy. I read all your reviews and find many good reads from your view of a book.

    I find myself reading more but my reviews seem to fall behind. I try to set aside a day or even two to get reviews out because I know how important they are to a writer– not for sells but just hearing what a peer and a reader thinks of their work.

  4. Hey! Your rules are similar to my rules! Since I discovered Goodreads, most books I read just get a number of stars there if I don’t have much to say about the book, but do want to let an author know, quickly, that I enjoyed the read.

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