Monday, December 14, 2009

My Review Policy

I am a children's librarian, and about 95% of the books I review on this blog are from the library.  Unless otherwise noted, the books that I review are all from either my own collection or my public library.

I occasionally accept review copies from publishers and writers - typically only if the book is not in my library's collection. I make mention in my review that the book in question is a review copy.

If I cannot finish the book (as has happened, on occasion, either with awkward writing or a plethora of typos, etc.), I do not post a review, nor do I post one if I simply have nothing positive to say about the book.

I do not advertise books for payment, or write positive reviews in return for review copies of books. There are no ads on my site. I blog because I like it; I review books because it's fun, and I enjoy discussing books and reading with other book lovers. I am passionate about literacy, and I love spreading the word about good books for kids that just might tip the balance and turn a child into a reader for life.

I write what I think about books - it's just my opinion, and I try to be fair and honest. I have a background in English literature and a couple of graduate degrees, which may or may not add any weight or substance to anything I have to say. Probably not.

Please query about sending me copies of books to review. I typically read and review children's middle grade readers of all kinds, graphic novels, and teen fiction. I would love to review more picture books, but I often simply don't have the time. Fiction for adults that I tend to read includes fantasy of all kinds, science fiction, mysteries, and whatever other book happens to catch my fancy. I don't read as much nonfiction, but I enjoy biographies and memoirs, cookbooks, and other books about cooking and food.

I try to read and review books received in a timely manner. However, if I simply don't feel like reading a particular kind of book, I tend to wait till I'm in a receptive mood for it - I like to like books, and I want to have the best reading experience possible, and write positive reviews to go along with it.

Unless otherwise noted, all the books I review here I have checked out (or downloaded) from my local public library.

Please address any inquiries to darladarlad (at) gmail (dot) com.

7 comments:

  1. I am so glad these days are behind me. ;) 2010 will be more stress free living...lol.

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  2. Looks like a clear and well-thought-out review policy to me. Good for you!

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  3. J. Kaye - Here's to stress-free living (whatever that is)! LOL

    Jen - Thanks! Yes, I thought it was about time to articulate my thoughts and intentions.

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  4. It's always good have a review policy. Good job.

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  5. Thanks, Beth! As I said, I thought it was about time to think it through and make one up.

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  6. Thanks for this clear and well thought out review policy. I'd like to submit my biography of Lewis Carroll to you - it's called THE MYSTERY OF LEWIS CARROLL. I could send you a copy and you could take a look in your own time, if that suits you? Jenny Woolf

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  7. Hi, Jenny - Thanks for stopping by! I rarely read biographies, and I have so many books in my pile right now that I hesitate to accept a copy at this point. But thank you for offering!

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