Review policy

At Books, Biscuits and Tea, I mostly read and review books that I already own or ones that I borrowed. However, I am very much open to requests and I would be very happy to read and review books for authors and publishers.

The genres I enjoy the most are crime fiction (thrillers and mysteries mostly), women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction and dystopia . I usually read adult or young adult fiction but I occasionally accept middle grade titles as well.  Please note that I do not read the following genres: science fiction, titles with religious undertones, and erotica.

▸ I read for enjoyment and entertainment, therefore my aim is not to write a critical analysis of the given work. I am not a professional reviewer, I’m just a blogger. My reviews are entirely subjective – I write about my thoughts and feelings about the novel, and I try not to analyse them.

My reviews include:

  • The title of the book and publishing information
  • A summary of the book (usually from Goodreads)
  • A few paragraphs where I state my opinion
  • A rating (on a scale of 1-5)

▸ When accepting a review request, I will try to read and review it as soon as possible. Please note, however, that I always give my honest opinion on each and every book I read, therefore a positive review is not guaranteed.

▸ Apart from being posted on my blog, all of my reviews are also published on Goodreads, as well as Amazon.

About my rating system:

As you can see below, I use a 5 star (or in this case 5 biscuit) review system.

Since it’s quite difficult to compare two books of completely different style and target audience, I always try to compare the book in question to the books I’ve previously read from the same genre.

 

Absolutely fabulous – it blew me away.

 

Sweet! I really liked it, it’s worth a read.

 

An OK read but something’s missing.

 

Bittersweet – it didn’t really work for me.

 

Not my cup of tea at all.