Books can be dangerous, the best ones should be labeled, “This could change your life.”
— -Helen Exley

Review Policy

Thanks for stopping by.

I am currently accepting books for review.  Here are a few things you might like to know about my blog:

My acceptance of a book does not mean I will love it.  If I do review it, it will be my honest opinion of the book.  I post all of my reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and link to them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.  You can look at my blog to see the format I follow for all book reviews.

I accept ebooks that are compatible with a Kindle as well as paper ARCs. Paper ARCs are preferred whenever possible, as I can then take beautiful pictures and give it away to my readers. If there is a specific date upon which you need the review to be published, please let me know, and I will work with you as much as I can. Please keep in mind I am an unpaid hobbyist reviewer.

The only things I own in excess are books. I’ll tell you whether I think it’s hardcover worthy. In my opinion, there have to be beautiful illustrations or the story has to be re- readable to garner a spot on my permanent shelves. There are lots of books I love and are worth reading. Many of those I read on my Kindle or get paperbacks that I can pass on to others without fear that they won’t return.

Also, I am all about the library. I can’t own all of the books that are worth reading.

The library buys them and holds them for me. It’s a lovely arrangement. If I rate a book as library worthy, it’s not a bad thing. Clear as mud?

Please email any questions or requests to recreationalscholar@gmail.com

Genres I review:

  • Children’s/MG/YA Fiction
  • Children’s/MG/YA Non-Fiction
  • Children’s/MG/YA Graphic Novels
The prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash…but constantly INVENTING reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feelings whatever. The reviewer, jaded though he may be, is professionally interested in books, and out of the thousands that appear annually, there are probably fifty or a hundred that he would enjoy writing about. If he is a top-notcher in his profession he may get hold of ten or twenty of them: more probably he gets hold of two or three. The rest of his work, however conscientious he may be in praising or damning, is in essence humbug. He is pouring his immortal spirit down the drain, half a pint at a time. — George Orwell