Review Policy

Disclaimer: I sometimes receive free copies of books to review. I do not and will not promise a positive review in exchange for a book and I do my best to give every book I read – no matter where it comes from – an honest review.

If you are an author or a publicist and you would like me to review a book, please contact me via email at michelle AT mybooksmylife DOT com or through my Contact Me page. I do not respond to every request and it may be a few days before I get back to you if I do choose to respond. If you have a specific time frame planned for the review, please include this in your initial email. At this time, I am being VERY selective about which review books I accept.

I like to read the following types of books:

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Memoirs
  • Historical Fiction
  • Some Other Nonfiction

I am not opposed to other genres but please note that I absolutely will not review:

  • Romance
  • Self-Help
  • Self-Published

I will accept (and actually prefer) audiobooks and ebooks in any format.

In addition to a more-detailed review, I use a rating system which basically goes something like this:

  • 5 = Adored It
  • 4.5 = Loved It
  • 4 = Really Liked it
  • 3 = Liked it
  • 2 = Eh. Something Didn’t click.
  • 1 =  Did Not Enjoy

Audiobooks receive two ratings: one for the book and one for the audio production.

I will give an honest review of the book when I am finished. If I don’t like a book, I will do my best to convey this in a constructive manner. I review every book I finish. If I do not finish a review book, I will write a Did Not Finish post to explain why, and will try to pass the book on to someone else.

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