Welcome to Anakalian Whims, thank you for stopping by.
I mostly read and review books that I already own and occasionally ones that I have borrowed. However, I am very much open to requests and I would be very happy to read and review books for authors and publishers, as I have done here and there in the past.
Genres I Enjoy: I do not lie when I say I will literally read anything. My tastes are all over. I have a tendency to like racier novels less, but it all depends on context, and therefore even romance is not a hard fast no. I read a lot of fiction, but I also enjoy biographies, memoirs, history, and more. I suggest you read through my blog and decide for yourself if your book belongs in it. I have a daughter, so children’s books are always welcome also.
Format: Kindle ebook for all genres except children’s books are acceptable. I prefer hard copies for children’s picture books. Truth be told, I prefer the reading experience of physical copies in general, but I understand the financial issues regarding the ability for indie authors to send *every* reviewer a book by mail. Physical copies definitely get priority attention, though.
What you can expect from my reviews:
- The title of the book and publishing information
- A picture of the cover
- A link to purchase from Amazon.com
- A few paragraphs or more where I state my opinion, mood while reading, etc.
- Often I reference other authors that people may be able to relate to when reading the book in question
- If you are interested, I’d be more than happy to do an author interview on a separate post
- I am in a position to coordinate book signings at a used bookstore (“used” makes the arrangements unique, but quite simple)
- Childrens books are read aloud to my daughter, her reaction is included in the review.
- I am open to hosting giveaways on your behalf if you are interested in donating copies of your book for that purpose.
When accepting a review request, I will try to read and review it as soon as possible. I can usually have a review posted within two or three weeks of receiving a copy. I always give my honest opinion on each and every book I read, therefore a positive review is not guaranteed; but if you have taken the effort to send me the book, I will take the effort to be kind in my critiques. If the book is not to my taste, but I see its good merits for someone else to enjoy, I may bring in a guest blogger to review, so that my integrity is not questioned, but your book has been given a fighting chance! Regardless of my tastes in the book, interviews and setting up a signing are still options.
I tend to share my reviews on Goodreads, Shelfari, and Amazon. I am open to sharing on Barnes & Noble, I just don’t frequent that site so I often fail to upload a review there unless asked to do so. Unless the site provides its own guidelines, this is my typical system when choosing a rating:
1 star – A blight upon the face of the earth.
2 stars – We had a failure to communicate.
3 stars – I liked it well enough but was feeling quite neutral or it just wasn’t splendid enough to be special… read the review for specifics.
4 stars – Something special.
5 stars – How did I ever live without it?
This is merely for uploading reviews to other sites, I do not rate my books via a star system for my blog.
If you’d like me to review your book(s), feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I typically reply within 48 hours of receiving your message. I hope to speak to you soon.
Your Faithful Reader,