How Do I Pick The Books I Review?

How Do I Pick The Books I Review?

My book reviews are not random.

In fact, I get to choose from books sent to me by publishers, literary agents, librarians, publicists and booksellers and of course a few fellow authors who I’ve been fortunate to get to know. Additionally, I always select a few appealing ones off the bookshelves of bookstores I visit around the country and at conferences that I attend.

But what makes them books worth uplifting?

Well, this is an author’s blog e so I get the privilege to subjectively choose these books. And after 10 years of writing book reviews for School Library Journal et al. I can share more personal thoughts in these reviews.

Also, I made the promise to my blog readers that the books that I review will be positive in tone. This isn’t preachy here—but if the book doesn’t draw me in or leave me, or a potential reader, with a good feeling or positive insight than it probably won’t make my list.

Rather, the book should inspire laughter, intrigue, joy, entertainment, learning, inspiration, be thought provoking and yes, even create edge-of-your-seat fun. Most books do. I love to read and love to support fellow authors, so this gives me a chance to share my inspirations and ‘personal takes’ and of course, promote the great reads that are being released every single day. 

Read on!

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