I am open to review books by request. If you are a writer or a publisher, and interested in having me review your book(s), don't hesitate to contact me! But please read this review policy first.
In short: I live in The Netherlands, I have an eclectic taste, I need between 2-4 weeks to review, I write well-considered, honest reviews.
I live in The Netherlands and since you'd be the one requesting a review, you'd have to take shipping into consideration :/ And it might be a lot depending on your location.. So I thought I'd be clear on that off the bat. If you're cool with my location, great! Keep reading!
Time frame & policy
I reserve the right to "abandon" a book, and thus reserve the right to not review it. I will post a few notes about it, if I have read through enough to work with, but sans self-portrait.
Advanced Review Copies that I have finished reading will be reviewed before the release date, if I have received the books two weeks prior to release date. Including self-portrait.
Other requests e.g. books that have already been released and that I've finished reading will be reviewed within a month! Including self-portrait.
I don't sell review copies or give them away.
What I accept at the moment
My taste is very eclectic. Genres: YA literature, classics, chick lit, detectives/crime, mystery, literature. Basically: any fiction. Ha.
I'm also interested in reading & reviewing (illustrated) children's books.
Poetry: I'll try that.
Graphic novels: yes please!
Short story bundles: I've been reading those occasionally, works for me!
Non-fiction: some areas of interest to me are psychology, photography/art, food/cooking, home/decoration, music/biographies, politics, travel and history. Humor is a plus.
Memoirs: I read memoirs, but do send a summary with your request
Language: English mostly, but also Dutch.
What I don't read at the moment
* Novels that are NOT published or NOT properly edited (e.g. abundance of grammar mistakes). I've had some experiences that were just too awkward and don't want to feel like I should be grabbing a pencil to edit the book ever again. If your book is self-published, but has been edited in some way, I am open to reading and reviewing it.
* Some non-fiction. Depends on my interests (see above). Run a short summary by me!
* Short stories, individual. I'll accept bundles only.
* E-Books. (Because of the self-portrait which will feature your book.)
* I'm an atheist and don't care much about reading overly religiously themed works of (non-)fiction, unless it serves a larger picture (an example is The Poisonwood Bible, about a missionary family in the Congo – religion is a theme, very present, the bible regularly quoted – but the book is really about a family falling apart. Religion is one of many themes; it is not the main theme nor is it part of the author's message to to readers. The Poisonwood Bible is a book I would read). If a book is more directly about religion, and more about "just religion", I won't be interested.
I reserve the right to reject any book.
When you submit your book for review as part of the R&R series ©, it will be read with an open mind and reviewed with care. And I'll take a self-portrait, like I'd do with any other book.
But your book, if finished, will be reviewed honestly. I appreciate being asked to review your book. That is awesome. But it's possible that I will not like the book, which will be obvious from my review. Be prepared for that. This is a review blog, not a "loved it, thank you for the free book!" blog.
But reviewing with care also means looking at the positives. I will point out what I like just as much as what I perhaps wouldn't like.
So far, I've reviewed:
J. Robert Lennon
Courtesy of J. Robert Lennon / Graywolf Press
Courtesy of American Book Center
The Kissing Gates
Courtesy of American Book Center
Site stats & other info
R&R exists since January 2008.
The R&R blog was started September 2008.
The site gets a modest 50 to 100 visitors every day
The project has been appearing in the press, ranging from independent magazines to bigger international ones, since June 2009.