Updated Review Policy: please read


** Please note at this time I am not taking any review requests as I am currently concentrating on my own writing**

I will continue to read and review, however, I am currently unable to reply to any review requests at this time.

Here at Chapterinmylife I am always happy to consider books for review. Any reviews I provide are only my opinion and are always constructive. I will try my best to explain what it was I enjoyed about the book or why it was not to my taste.

Please note my preferred genres and those I don’t accept before contacting me.

As blogging is my hobby, (I work full time and have other commitments) I am not always able to respond to every request I receive. If I haven’t replied within 2 weeks it would be safe to assume I am unable to review your book.

When you contact me, I work on the assumption that you have read my review policy and taken the time to find out a little about me. Mass emails and those that have not read my guidelines tend to be deleted/not responded to.

I understand the effort and work that goes into writing a book so would always be respectful in my reviews and never overly negative.

I have recently made the decision to drop star ratings from my blog posts/reviews (I will still adhere to these on GoodReads and Amazon) as I don’t feel they have any particular value. I have been feeling uncomfortable for some time now using star ratings as I feel they are extremely subjective. When I read reviews I want to know how the book made the reader feel, what it is about, how the plot, pace and characters all work together. I have made the decision to base my book reviews on that criteria. I would hope that by reading my reviews, in which I try to cover plot, pace, place, themes, characters and how the book made ME feel, would be enough of an indication to let readers know whether I loved, liked or didn’t so much like a book 🙂

Please note the following as contacting me assumes you have read and agree to these terms:

*I am always happy to hear from publishers and authors about books and books received will be read/reviewed, however I cannot guarantee a timeframe unless we discuss and agree a particular date for post. My blog isn’t my job, it’s my passion and what I do in my spare time (I do work full time and despite the amount of reading I do, I do other things in addition to reading and reviewing – not much but some!)

*I will consider all requests but I may not be able to accept them all. Please don’t take it personally if I cannot review your book. In an ideal world I’d be reading 24/7 and still never get through all the books I want to!

Please read below and If you would like to contact me about a review you can email me at:

* I currently accept ebooks mobi form (Kindle), paperbacks or hardback

*I am happy to be considered for participation on Blog Tours

*I am on Netgalley, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter and share my reviews on these social media sites/any book clubs I may be a part of and also on Amazon. I will always try to send links to the authors/publisher once my review is posted…and I am happy to be contacted for a link if I have not contacted you directly myself– and you may need to remind me so don’t be shy!

*Authors and publishers are welcome to use quotes from my review of their book only with prior consent and the blogs name must always appear alongside it.
~Thank you

What I Like to read:

My bag is Crime and more crime! In particular I enjoy Scottish Crime Fiction – I have been known to stalk a few Scottish authors in my time! I am particularly supportive of new/lesser known authors. I read the following:

Crime fiction
True Crime
Thrillers/psychological thrillers
Mysteries (darker/noir)

I do not read erotica, romance, chic lit, dystopian, science fiction.
If you would like to contact me about a review you can email me at 

Thanks for your interest! Sharon xx

One thought on “Updated Review Policy: please read

  1. Agree with you about star ratings. A famous movie reviewer in the USA struggled with the same thing. He’d have to defend himself for instance for giving 4 stars to a horror movie by saying that as compared to OTHER horror movies, and taking into account what horror fans expect, it was worth it, but of course not when compared to all the other styles of movies. He didn’t want to give stars at all but the newspapers wanted them.

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