After reading a book, I like writing down my thoughts about the story, organizing and re-organizing those thoughts, figuring out what I liked or didn’t like, analyzing which parts “worked” for me and which ones didn’t. A personal reading journal, so to speak, and I organize them into a short review that I share online. Sometimes people respond and share their views; other times they read my reviews and it helps them make a decision to read (or not to read!) a specific story.

Writing the notes and sharing the reviews work together and I take them seriously. I’m not a “paid professional” reviewer, but I try to do my reviews as professionally as I can. Which leads me to what I think of as my first and only duty as a public reviewer:

Write a review of the book
that is attributable, personal and honest,
with an overall rating within a genre.

From this duty, I have derived the following approach to writing my book reviews. 

  • I will review the book, not the author. While reviews may take into account other books in the genre, or even other books by the author particularly if it’s part of a series, the reviews should not be biased by information about the author or the publisher. The book must stand or fall on its own merit.
  • My reviews will never be anonymous…If I write the review, my name goes with it.
  • My opinions will be my own, not consensus…Each review will be the opinion I have come to after reading the book and may include its readability; character development; plot and pacing; point of view; genre; dialogue; and setting. I might even focus on my own satisfaction with the ending.
  • Reviews will be honest and unbiased but respectful…My duty includes honesty to the author and to other readers and I will always publish my reviews here on my website. I also share those reviews on other sites too — GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, Google, my local library, Library Thing, and Savvy Reader. However, if my review is only a 1 or 2 (which is considered “bad” on most sites) and the book doesn’t already have 10+ reviews on a site, I likely won’t publish mine there. I don’t like the idea of sharing my reviews at the expense of a budding author. Of course, if they’re a well-established author, with lots of books and reviews, then they’re fair game. Other than a complimentary or advanced reader copy of a book, I will not accept any compensation for writing a review.  I acknowledge that I rarely give only a 1 or 2, not because a book might not deserve it, but because if I am not enjoying it, I will likely not finish it. And I only review those I finish.
  • Reviews will include my rating…I would be far more comfortable providing a rating out of ten or even twenty, rather than five. But all the major sites use five-point scales, and sub-points are not allowed. With that in mind, I will use the following scale:
    – Rating of 0 — Did not finish (only for my own tracking, no review is done for zero!);
    – Rating of 1 — Finished, but not recommended;
    – Rating of 2 — Not bad, readable;
    – Rating of 3 — Good, worth reading but some issues;
    – Rating of 4 — Enjoyable, solid outing with minor issues;
    – Rating of 5 — Excellent.
  • Books will be reviewed in context…I will review action books against other action books; mystery stories against other mystery stories. I will not review the latest mystery against great works of fiction in other genres — so, this means that a supposed classic fiction might end up with a lower rating (against other great works of fiction) than the latest mystery (against other mystery books). Context matters, as most books are not aiming to be the latest and greatest literary masterpiece.

That’s it, that’s my approach to reviews. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them, or at least that the review helps you figure out if a book is one that you might enjoy. The list below includes the title, author, a link to the book review itself, the year that the book was published, and my rating.

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TitleAuthorReview #PublishedRating
Fire on HighPeter DavidPWBR000011998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Red SectorDiane CareyPWBR000021999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
VectorsDean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn RuschPWBR000031999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
InfectionJohn Gregory BetancourtPWBR000041999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Perchance to DreamRobert B. ParkerPWBR000051991๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
DeathrightDev StrykerPWBR000061993๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Where The Bodies Are BuriedJanet DawsonPWBR000071998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
End GameDev StrykerPWBR000081994๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Motion to SuppressPerri O'ShaugnessyPWBR000091995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Ruined by Reading: A life in booksLynne Sharon SchwartzPWBR000101996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Black ShoreGreg CoxPWBR000111997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The House on Mulberry StreetMaan MeyersPWBR000121996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Biblioholism: The Literary AddictionTom RaabePWBR000131996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
By the Rivers of BabylonNelson DeMillePWBR000141978๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Hit ManLawrence BlockPWBR000151998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Devil in a Blue DressWalter MosleyPWBR000161990๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Dying To Get EvenJudy FitzwaterPWBR000171999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Field of ThirteenDick FrancisPWBR000181998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Perilous RelationsCarole EpsteinPWBR000191997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The ConqueredDaffyd ab HughPWBR000201999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Perish TwiceRobert B. ParkerPWBR000212000๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Hearts and BonesMargaret LawrencePWBR000221997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The First VirtueMichael Jan Friedman and Christie GoldenPWBR000231999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Deadly DecisionsKathy ReichsPWBR000242000๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The MistDean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn RuschPWBR000251998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Double or NothingPeter DavidPWBR000261999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Collected Short StoriesJeffrey ArcherPWBR000271998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Coffee Break MysteriesWilliam S. ShepherdPWBR000282011๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
When Is Enough, EnoughLaurie Ashner and Mitch MeyersonPWBR000291996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
ShadowlandMeg CabotPWBR000302000๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Darkest HourMeg CabotPWBR000312001๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Keziah DaneSue GraftonPWBR000321967๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
SanctuaryMeg CabotPWBR000332002๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
Equal to the ChallengeDepartment of National Defence (Canada)PWBR000342001๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
An Open Book: Coming of Age in the HeartlandMichael DirdaPWBR000352003๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Killing FloorLee ChildPWBR000361997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Staked GoatJeremiah HealyPWBR000371986๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
So Like SleepJeremiah HealyPWBR000381987๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Blunt DartsJeremiah HealyPWBR000391984๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The PunisherD.A. SternPWBR000402004๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
Fresh Blood 3Mike Ripley and Maxim Jakubowski (Editors) with Lee ChildPWBR000411999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Under the Dragon's TailMaureen JenningsPWBR000421998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Poor Tom is ColdMaureen JenningsPWBR000432001๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Let Loose the DogsMaureen JenningsPWBR000442003๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Blood MoneyThomas PerryPWBR000451999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Until Proven GuiltyJ.A. JancePWBR000461985๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Payment in KindJ.A. JancePWBR000471991๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Grave SecretsKathy ReichsPWBR000482002๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Snap ShotMeg ChittendenPWBR000492003๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Beyond the Great Snow MountainsLouis L'AmourPWBR000501999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Get Your University Degree at HomeKevin PaulPWBR000511999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Hush MoneyRobert B. ParkerPWBR000521999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Malice DomesticMollie HardwickPWBR000531986๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Riding the SnakeStephen J. CannellPWBR000541998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Best of Sisters in CrimeMarilyn Wallace (Editor)PWBR000551998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The EdgeDick FrancisPWBR000561988๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Eleventh CommandmentJeffrey ArcherPWBR000571998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Where Lawyers Fear To TreadLia MateraPWBR000581987๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Year's 25 Finest crime and mystery Stories (6th edition, 1996)Joan Hess (Editor)PWBR000591997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Foul Ball! Five Years in the American LeagueAlison GordonPWBR000601984๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Dead Pull HitterAlison GordonPWBR000611988๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Striking OutAlison GordonPWBR000621995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Perilous FriendsCarole EpsteinPWBR000631996๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
One for the MoneyJanet EvanovichPWBR000641995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Two for the DoughJanet EvanovichPWBR000651996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Corpse at the Haworth TandooriRobert BarnardPWBR000661998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Glory Hole MurdersTony FennellyPWBR000671985๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Closet HangingTony FennellyPWBR000681987๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Hippie in the WallTony FennellyPWBR000691994๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
1-900-DEADTony FennellyPWBR000701996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Death du JourKathy ReichsPWBR000711999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Three to Get DeadlyJanet EvanovichPWBR000721997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Double JeopardyWilliam BernhardtPWBR000731995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Four to ScoreJanet EvanovichPWBR000741998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Dying to Get PublishedJudy FitzwaterPWBR000751995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Murder in C MajorSara Hoskinson FrommerPWBR000761986๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
N is for NooseSue GraftonPWBR000771998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Extreme JusticeWilliam BernhardtPWBR000781998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Midnight Before ChristmasWilliam BernhardtPWBR000791998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Fools, Knaves and Heroes: Great Political Short StoriesJeffrey Archer and Simon Bainbridge (Editors)PWBR000801989๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Face-ChangersThomas PerryPWBR000811998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Catch Me: Kill MeWilliam H. HallahanPWBR000821977๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Night PassageRobert B. ParkerPWBR000831997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
PathwaysJeri TaylorPWBR000841998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Hot WheelsWilliam Arden and Robert ArthurPWBR000851989๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Mortal MemoryThomas H. CookPWBR000861993๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Scarpetta's Winter TablePatricia CornwellPWBR000871998๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
The Continental OpDashiell HammettPWBR000881974๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Taxed to DeathDebra Purdy KongPWBR000891995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Best of Ellery QueenEdited by Francis M. Nevins, Jr. and Martin H. GreenbergPWBR000901985๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great PulpsCompiled by Bill PronziniPWBR000911983๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Rough StuffG.H. StonePWBR000921989๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
HTML: The Complete ReferenceThomas A. PowellPWBR000931998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
HTML Web Magic (2nd edition)Raymond PirouzPWBR000941998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML 4 Web Page (3rd edition)Paul McfedriesPWBR000951997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Using HTML 4 (4th edition)Lee Anne PhillipsPWBR000961998๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Ashes of EdenWilliam ShatnerPWBR000971996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
The ReturnWilliam ShatnerPWBR000981997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
AvengerWilliam ShatnerPWBR000991997๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
TraceWarren MurphyPWBR001001981 (PB), 2013 (E)๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
High FiveJanet EvanovichPWBR001012000๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Hot SixJanet EvanovichPWBR001022001๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Seven UpJanet EvanovichPWBR001032010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Hard EightJanet EvanovichPWBR001042010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
To the NinesJanet EvanovichPWBR001052003๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Ten Big OnesJanet EvanovichPWBR001062010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Eleven on TopJanet EvanovichPWBR001072010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Twelve SharpJanet EvanovichPWBR001082007๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Lean Mean ThirteenJanet EvanovichPWBR001092009๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Fearless FourteenJanet EvanovichPWBR001102008๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Finger Lickin' FifteenJanet EvanovichPWBR001112009๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Sizzling SixteenJanet EvanovichPWBR001122010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Smoking SeventeenJanet EvanovichPWBR001132011๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
RASC Observer's Handbook, 2018Edited by James S. EdgarPWBR001142017๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Big Box ReuseJulia ChristensenPWBR001152008๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Explosive EighteenJanet EvanovichPWBR001162011๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Notorious NineteenJanet EvanovichPWBR001172012๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Change: What Really Leads to Lasting Personal TransformationJeffrey A. KottlerPWBR001182013๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Rogue IslandBruce DeSilvaPWBR001192010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Takedown TwentyJanet EvanovichPWBR001202013๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Top Secret Twenty-OneJanet EvanovichPWBR001212014๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Tricky Twenty-TwoJanet EvanovichPWBR001222015๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Turbo Twenty-ThreeJanet EvanovichPWBR001232016๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
The Clockmaker's DaughterKate MortonPWBR001242018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
XSue GraftonPWBR001252015๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Two-Night One-Night StandRyan RingbloomPWBR001262018๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
A is for AlibiSue GraftonPWBR001271982๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
B is for BurglarSue GraftonPWBR001281985๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
C is for CorpseSue GraftonPWBR001291986๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
D is for DeadbeatSue GraftonPWBR001301987๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
E is for EvidenceSue GraftonPWBR001311988๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
F is for FugitiveSue GraftonPWBR001321989๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
G is for GumshoeSue GraftonPWBR001331990๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
H is for HomicideSue GraftonPWBR001341991๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
I is for InnocentSue GraftonPWBR001351992๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
J is for JudgmentSue GraftonPWBR001361993๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
K is for KillerSue GraftonPWBR001371994๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
L is for LawlessSue GraftonPWBR001381995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
M is for MaliceSue GraftonPWBR001391996๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
O is for OutlawSue GraftonPWBR001401999๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
P is for PerilSue GraftonPWBR001412001๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
RASC Observer's Handbook, 2019Edited by James S. EdgarPWBR001422018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
Q is for QuarrySue GraftonPWBR001432002๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
R is for RicochetSue GraftonPWBR001442004๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
S is for SilenceSue GraftonPWBR001452005๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
T is for TrespassSue GraftonPWBR001462007๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
U is for UndertowSue GraftonPWBR001472009๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
V is for VengeanceSue GraftonPWBR001482011๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
W is for WastedSue GraftonPWBR001492013๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Y is for YesterdaySue GraftonPWBR001502017๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Kinsey and MeSue GraftonPWBR001512013๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Book ThiefMarkus ZusakPWBR001522006๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Booked to DieJohn DunningPWBR001531992๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Bookman's WakeJohn DunningPWBR001541995๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Bookman's PromiseJohn DunningPWBR001552004๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Sign of the BookJohn DunningPWBR001562005๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Bookwoman's Last FlingJohn DunningPWBR001572006๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Holland SuggestionsJohn DunningPWBR001582014๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Unlucky in LawPerri O'ShaugnessyPWBR001592004๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Lolly-Madonna WarSue GraftonPWBR001601969๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The BurglarThomas PerryPWBR001612019๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
BearMarian EngelPWBR001621976๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The EnemyLee ChildPWBR001632004๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Horizontal ManHelen EustisPWBR001641946๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
No Second ChanceHarlan CobenPWBR001652004๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
The Ninja DaughterTori EldridgePWBR001662019๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Perfect GirlfriendKaren HamiltonPWBR001672018๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
Blue MoonLee ChildPWBR001682019๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
A Discovery of WitchesDeborah HarknessPWBR001692011๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Shadow of NightDeborah HarknessPWBR001702014๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Book of LifeDeborah HarknessPWBR001712014๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Burning EdgeRick MofinaPWBR001722012๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
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WinterhouseBen GutersonPWBR001742018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Zap!Martha FreemanPWBR001752018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Two O'Clock, Eastern WartimeJohn DunningPWBR001762001๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Word Is MurderAnthony HorowitzPWBR001772017๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
The Last LibrarianBrandt LeggPWBR001782015๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
FablehavenBrandon MullPWBR001792007๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Rise of the Evening StarBrandon MullPWBR001802008๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Grip of the Shadow PlagueBrandon MullPWBR001812009๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
Secrets of the Dragon SanctuaryBrandon MullPWBR001822006๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
Down The River Unto The SeaWalter MosleyPWBR001832018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The WivesTarryn FisherPWBR001842019๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšชโšช - 1
Keys to the Demon PrisonBrandon MullPWBR001852010๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckMark MansonPWBR001862016๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
The Great GatsbyF. Scott FitzgeraldPWBR001871925๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Murder at Hawthorn CottageBetty RowlandsPWBR001882018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšช - 4
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleStuart TurtonPWBR001892018๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ - 5
The Twelve ApostlesWilliam J. CoughlinPWBR001902016๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšช - 3
Rethinking Canadian AidEdited by Stephen Brown, Molly den Heyer and David R. BlackPWBR001912015๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธโšชโšชโšช - 2
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  1. Thanks to some feedback I got from a listserve discussion, I added to the โ€œdisclosureโ€ clause above that I will identify if it is a genre that I donโ€™t usually read and/or donโ€™t usually enjoy. I suspect that will be rare, as if it isnโ€™t something that interests me, I probably wonโ€™t read it in the first place! For example, I rarely enjoy horror so that is probably out, as is historical romance. Most of my reads will likely either be classic literature (part of a personal challenge to myself), mystery / crime fiction, or science fiction.

    There was also a great debate on another discussion forum about only posting elsewhere if it was a โ€œ4.00 or 5.00โ€ star review. The argument was that you werenโ€™t helping authors if you posted less than that. I canโ€™t imagine a concept more offensive to me as a reviewer to say โ€œonly post glowing reviewsโ€ or โ€œonly 5 starsโ€. If I read it, I review it; if I review it, I rate it. There are no other factors in there that can / should / would influence the outcome. I donโ€™t care if it is a book by my wife even, Iโ€™m honestly going to read and rate it.

    As for my โ€œduty to authorsโ€, Iโ€™m not a PR person. Iโ€™m not their agent. Iโ€™m not their editor, publisher, midwife, lover or third-grade teacher. Iโ€™m reviewing the book โ€” my primary duty is to the reader, not the author. And, even if there is a โ€œsecondaryโ€ duty to the author, those obligations are already met by (a) being impartial; (b) being honest but respectful; and (c) considering the book on its merits. After that, my duty (such as it is) to the author is done.


  2. From Lindsey B: Thatโ€™s definitely a meaty list, but Iโ€™ll bet it gives you a good guideline for putting together consistently quality reviews. Iโ€™m sure readers will appreciate your thoroughness!

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