Review Policy

I love to read and I love free books! But I also have a full-time job, two kids and interests beyond reading. So, please read on to see whether I am currently accepting books for review, and what I like and don't like to read.

Do I accept books for review?
If you're a publicist, author or publisher, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to consider writing a review. However, please also note that I receive about 50 requests per week and cannot respond to every one. If your book sounds interesting to me, I will respond within a few days. If you don't hear from me, it's likely that I am either too busy or not interested. To help ensure that the books you offer me are books I will more likely accept, please continue reading.

What do I like to read?
This year, I'm focusing on fiction. I prefer fictional novels that feature interesting characters and a well-developed, fairly realistic plot.

Favorite genres:
  • Mysteries and crime novels
  • Thrillers
  • Contemporary fiction 
  • Literary fiction
  • Historical fiction
Other genres I sometimes read:
  • Memoirs (very selective)
  • Sci-Fi (just starting to get interested in these)
  • Horror (very selective)
  • Middle grade fiction (with my 11 year old son)
What I don't read:
I don’t accept chick lit, romance, fantasy, paranormal, religious/inspirational or young adult novels for review.

Where do my reviews appear?
In addition to publishing reviews here on My Book Retreat, I also publish all reviews on Goodreads (350+ friends). I am willing to publish reviews on Amazon as well; just ask. I promote my reviews on Twitter (1400+ followers), Facebook (740+ likes) and Pinterest (370+ followers).

Do I conduct author interviews?
I have done author interviews in the past and would be open to doing more with authors I have reviewed previously. I don't do interviews often, but contact me if you're interested.

Do I accept guest posts?
I'd be happy to include guest posts written by authors or publicists on my blog. If you're interested in providing a guest post, please send me an email and let me know the topic. I am not accepting guests posts from others at this time.

Please keep in mind that all of my reviews feature my own honest opinion, regardless of whether I receive the book from a publicist or author, or get it from the library or bookstore. For more information, please read my Disclosure Statement.

If you have a book you think I'd enjoy, please contact me.