How I Review Books

The Bookshelf Corner’s “How I Review Books” Policy | January 7, 2017

Last Updated: March 3, 2020.

Note: This page and all policies/guidelines within are subject to change at my discretion.

Hello, reader!

Thank you for checking out The Bookshelf Corner’s review policy page. Below you will find my policy for how I review books in full detail, including acquisition, genre preferences, time frame, format, and rating.

I hope this answers any questions you may have on how book reviews work on this blog. Please feel free to check out past reviews by clicking on the Book Reviews tab. Thank you again for stopping by.

Happy reading and happy writing,

How I Acquire Books
I am always looking for new books to read, despite the long TBR list I have. Most of these books I have discovered at my local library or on Fantastic Fiction. Sites like Amazon and Goodreads I mostly use for bookish information.

When I look up books the two things that attract my attention at first are the title and cover. While I am always open to recommendations, I ultimately select books based off of whether or not the premise interests me. If it does, great! I now have another book to read! Depending on how interested I am dictates how soon I get to reading it.

I acquire books through online/in-store purchase from retailers (like Amazon and Barnes and Noble), as a gift, borrowed from my local library, or from NetGalley.

Genres I Prefer To Read

  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Manga
  • Graphic Novel
  • Middle Grade
  • Children’s Fiction
  • or any combination of the above genres

Time It Takes To Read A Book
In general, how long it takes me to read a book varies. I always hope to get a book done within a week or so, but life happens and other things take precedence. This may include but is not limited to: work schedule, health, familial emergencies.

Review Format
Below shows how I format each review:

  • Cover Image
  • Genre
  • Series (if applicable)
  • Rating (1 to 5 scale)
  • Recommend to Others? (Yes, No, Maybe)
  • Favorite Quote (if applicable)

ABOUT (summary of the book)

My Review – As much as I hate being negative, I write honest reviews that are spoiler-free about each book. I try to be as detail as possible with whatever I talk about. I do not set a word minimum so that I can freely express my full opinion about the book. Sometimes I have little to say, sometimes I have a lot to say. I will not force words out for the sake of length, especially if I do not mean them. Length does not dictate whether I like a book or not and to what degree.

* note: review may include links to past reviews if from the same series and/or author

** note: ARC reviews have a special denotation for transparency reasons that will indicate it as such

*** note: each review includes the book’s cover and is used with no ill intent; the cover is only included with the intention of helping to provide all helpful and correct information about the book. Each image comes from either Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or NetGalley, and is always linked back to and credited to its original source

Rating System
Books are rated on a scale of 1 (not good) to 5 (excellent):

1: Not good. I did not like it at all because the plot, characters, and/or writing were boring or uninteresting. I was not engaged at all with what was going on.

2: Not good but had a few redeeming qualities. The book just wasn’t for me but others may like it.

3: It was okay, nothing spectacular. I neither liked nor disliked it. Had some redeeming qualities and/or a few issues. May recommend.

4: I really liked it. Had a good plot, characters, and writing. Was enjoyable to read. The “wow” factor may have been missing. Worth the read. Recommend.

5: Excellent. Loved it. Was so impressed and captivated by the plot, characters, and writing. Felt all the feels. A must read. Highly recommend.

*note: I will give a half rating if I am too torn between numbers

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