Review Policy

The most important thing I want to convey is I rate books compared to others of their type. I am not going to compare a light holiday romance to Gone With the Wind, for example. Since I do sometimes review nonfiction, such as history books or cookbooks, my nonfiction polices are included as well.

5 STAR Fiction: It was compelling, well-researched, impressively written, and/or entertaining. The characters are memorable and I connected with them emotionally. I will search out this author’s other work

5 STAR Fiction: It was compelling, well-researched, impressively written, and/or entertaining. The characters are memorable and I connected with them emotionally. I will search out this author’s other works.

5 STAR Non-fiction: It was well researched and provided information that was both useful and impressive. The way the information was presented was easy to follow and engaging. I will use this information regularly. The photos and other supporting documentation are spectacular. I will seek the author out as an authority on the subject and enthusiastically recommend it to others.

4 STAR Fiction: I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to others. I would definitely want to read more books by this author.

4 STAR Nonfiction: It was well researched and provided useful information. The information presented was easy to follow and understand. The photos and other supporting documentation are very good. I will use this information again and recommend it to others.

3 STAR Fiction: It was a good book. Although I wasn’t blown away by it, I would recommend it to others.

3 STAR Nonfiction: The information was useful and fairly easy to follow. It includes helpful photos and other supporting documentation. I would recommend it to others.


2 STAR Fiction: I liked some things about the book, but it did not live up to my expectations.

2 STAR Nonfiction: Although there was some useful information, it was hard to follow or incomplete. Photos and other supporting documentation are lacking. I might hesitate to recommend it to others.

1 STAR Fiction: I did not enjoy the book, and would not recommend it to others. My reasons will be well documented in the review.

1 STAR Nonfiction: I could not find any useful information. Photos and other supporting documentation are lacking. I would not recommend it to others.

For any star rating, I may add a half star if I feel it is needed.

5 thoughts on “Review Policy”

  1. Hi Bonnie, I’m reading through everything here and enjoying your style, ease of navigation and, inclusiveness. It would be an honor to have you read and review my book but read no further if I didn’t make it past this disqualifier. Graphic language. Does that include the occasional bad word dropped conversationally here and there? My book is about the life of an amateur musician and mostly sweet and humorous but as I said, a few colorful words here and there. Also I uniquely add QR links along the way to my original music and vignettes about the musical process. Thank you for your consideration, Bro Betts

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