The Librarian Next Door’s Review Policy

Note: I’m currently a full-time PhD student with a part-time job, and as a result, I review very infrequently these days. I generally only post reviews for ARCs I’ve requested. I am not currently accepting any pitches. I am also no longer based in the U.S., which may affect distribution of review copies. Typically, I can only accept e-book or Kindle versions of ARCs.

I prefer to seek out review or advanced reading copies of the books I am interested in, via Edelweiss and/or NetGalley. I do not accept unsolicited pitches, especially if you have not read this page and understand what I like to read.

These days, I’m primarily a romance reader, particularly historical romance (Georgian, Regency and Victorian eras) and contemporary romance. I’m also venturing further into paranormal and fantasy romance (Nalini Singh is/was an instant favorite). Other genres I like include:

  • Fantasy and science-fiction (e.g. Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy or George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series)
  • Young adult novels
  • Revisionist fairy tales
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Comic books with strong female leads and/or female storylines (Ms. Marvel, Saga, B*tch Planet, etc)

I only read nonfiction and “literary” fiction on a case-by-case basis. I dot not usually read crime, thriller or mystery novels, or self-help / lifestyle books. If the main subject or topic of a book involves math, economics or finance, I will run screaming in the opposite direction.

I do not guarantee a positive review of every novel or book I read, but I do promise to give each book fair and honest consideration. I try my best to write reviews that are balanced. I do not review every book I read. I use my own judgment to determine if I feel that I have enough to say about a book’s plot, writing and characters to warrant a review.

I do not have a formal, value-based rating system for my reviews here on The Librarian Next Door (e.g., a scale of one-to-five stars). After the original review has been published here on this website, however, I do re-post it on Goodreads, where each book is given a rating. I also provide links to my reviews on Twitter.

To see what I’m currently reading, please visit my Yearly Reading Challenge page. To check out book-related websites and authors I follow on social media, please visit my Literary Love page.

I am not compensated in any way for my reviews. Questions? Email me: librariannextdoor [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Last updated February 2016