My name is Cathy and I love to read.  My favourite genres are: historical fiction, historical mystery, dystopian, modern classics and contemporary literary fiction.  I also read romance, fantasy, crime, mystery/thriller (but nothing too gory or violent).  I am not into Young Adult or erotica.  Whatever the genre, more than anything I crave good writing.

I have an MA in English from the Open University so I may occasionally toss in terms like ‘intertextuality’ just to prove it!   I wrote my dissertation on John Buchan, one of my favourite authors – if you think he’s only about The 39 Steps, you need to read some of his historical novels (for example, Witchwood) or the elegiac Sick Heart River.


My review policy

I’m happy to receive advance reader copies and review copies in the genres listed above.  Ebooks should be provided as .mobi files for Kindle if possible.  I can’t promise to review books immediately but I will try to do so in advance of publication, if applicable, or within a reasonable time.  I pride myself on writing detailed reviews that are thoughtful, honest and constructive as I respect the effort that goes into writing a book.  However, where I believe a book is worth less than 3 out of 5, I will not publish the review (but I’m happy to provide private feedback to the author).  As well as publishing reviews on this blog, on Goodreads and on Amazon, I share my reviews on my Facebook page and via Twitter.  I am a NetGalley reviewer with an over 80% feedback ratio.

Authors, please note – I have a low tolerance for books that have poor punctuation, poor grammar or have not been properly edited or proofread.  This will result in a low rating and it is very unlikely I will publish a review of your work (or even finish it).  

To connect with me, visit my Contact page.

My rating system

5 out of 5                Absolutely loved it, amazing writing, plot & characterisation

4.5 out of 5             Nearly perfect, great story, writing & characterisation

4 out of 5                 Very enjoyable & engaging, would recommend but not re-read

3.5 out of 5              Lots of good points but some aspects could have been better

3 out of 5                  Average but still readable

2.5 out of 5               Just about OK

2 out of 5                  Really not my thing or lacking in key areas

1 out of 5                  A really poorly written book

My suggested further reading

Here are some links to further resources about books and reading:

John Buchan – one of my favourite authors: The John Buchan Society

Goodreads – find and recommend books: Goodreads

NetGalley – read and review new books before they are published: NetGalley