How Often I Review:
I think of myself as a no-frills honest book blog: I post book reviews about six times a week with a general life update on Sunday. I don't really do interviews, memes, or giveaways (although sometimes I make an exception). I review from a variety of sources: my library, Netgalley, Edelweiss, Amazon Vine, Booksneeze, and books I've bought or won. Reviews are also posted on Amazon and Goodreads as well as tweeted.
My reviews include title, author, publisher, year, page count (of the copy I read), my analysis of genre, and source as well as about 250 to 500 words reviewing it.
I rate largely based on my subjective pleasure while reading the book. How did it make me feel? Would I recommend it? Did it live up to my expectations? How would I compare it to other books by that author? I attempt to share my honest opinion, which is sometimes negative, sometimes positive, and sometimes lukewarm. Stars are rewarded on a scale from 1 to 5 with half stars in use and I usually only review books that I have completed, which means the ratings tend to be on the higher side. If I don't like a book, I will not force myself to keep reading it.
Review Requests: I am not currently accepting review requests unless we have a previous relationship. Thank you for your understanding.
I very much appreciate review requests and if I agree to accept the book for review, I promise you a review. Generally I plan my schedule about a month in advance so I ask for at least that much time before a review appears. I accept e-copies (I own a Nook Color and am a big fan of Netgalley so feel free to send me a widget; I do NOT own a Kindle-please do not send in Kindle format) as well as physical copies. I do receive a lot of requests and am unable to accept them all but thank you very much for thinking of me.
Things I especially like to see in books (in no particular order):
- My name in them (Stephanie is SUCH a beautiful name!)
- Sister-sister relationships (also mother-daughter)
- Female friendships
- Sawoony boys (a la Wes from The Truth About Forever)
- Hilarious quips
- A smart heroine who grows
- Pretty dress on the cover
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Fairy Tale Retellings/Reimaginings
- Classic Novel Retellings/Reimaginings
- Epistolary novels
- Time Travel
- Body swapping
- Historical Fiction
Dated: May 31, 2013