Review & rating policy


My review policy

I am not currently accepting review requests other than from authors I’ve worked with previously, i.e. I’ve accepted one of your books for review, I’ve reviewed one of your books, I’ve participated in a blog tour for your book or I’ve featured your book on my blog by way of a Q&A, guest post or extract. 

If you fall into this category, please read the following list before submitting review requests.

My preferred genres (I’m likely to accept most review requests)
Historical fiction, including historical mystery
Literary fiction

Genres I read occasionally (I’m likely to accept a few review requests)
Historical romance
Crime/mystery/thriller (but nothing too gory or violent)
Dystopian fiction
Short story collections
Non-fiction (history related biography or memoir only)

Genres I do not read (please don’t submit review requests)
YA                                    Erotica                     Children’s
Humour                          Horror                     Self-help
Fantasy/paranormal    Poetry

You can view my current review pile here.  

I pride myself on writing detailed reviews that are thoughtful, honest and constructive as I respect the effort that goes into writing a book.  I don’t include ratings in my reviews but on my What Cathy Read pages you can find the ratings I gave each book on Goodreads and Amazon (see rating guide below). I share my reviews on Facebook and  Twitter.  I am a NetGalley reviewer with an 80%+ feedback ratio.

I have a low tolerance for books that have poor punctuation and grammar or have not been properly edited or proofread.  It will result in a low rating and it’s unlikely I will publish a review or even finish  your book.  


I do not charge for reviews. Where I have received a free copy of a book from an author or publisher, this will be stated in my review. Regardless of whether I have purchased a book myself or received a free copy, my review will be my honest and unbiased opinion. I include links where books can be purchased for convenience, not as part of any affiliate programme.

To connect with me, visit my Contact page.

My rating system

5 out of 5            Absolutely loved it: great writing, plot & characterisation

4 out of 5            A high quality example of its genre

3 out of 5            An enjoyable, entertaining or interesting read

2 out of 5            Below par or not my thing (review will not be published on my blog)

1 out of 5            A very poorly written book (review will not be published on my blog)

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