Reading Interests and Review Policy

Books I Like Reading

If it sounds interesting, I will give just about anything a try. I have a stable of favourite authors which is always growing. I also try to read outside my comfort zone sometimes, just for a challenge.

Here’s a list of reading interests:

  • Historical fiction – I love historical fiction! Sharon Penman, Sara Donati, Philippa Gregory, Geraldine Brooks, Kate Morton, Jean Auel, Alison Weir and Ken Follett are some of my favourite authors writing in this genre.
  • Women’s fiction (if that’s really a category) – My favourite authors include Marian Keyes, JoJo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, Diana Gabaldon, Paullina Simons, Celeste Ng, Nora Roberts, and Charlaine Harris.
  • Crime/Mystery/Thriller – Some of my favourite authors include Martina Cole, Stephen King, Paula Hawkins, Kathy Reichs, Jane Harper, Lynda La Plante, Stieg Larsson and Gillian Flynn.
  • Literature – I read this category when I want to challenge myself. But why do these books tend to make me feel miserable? Authors I like include Charlotte Wood, Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas, Margaret Atwood etc.
  • Young Adult – I tend to read this category if it crosses over into film and television land. I jumped onto the Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, A Court of Thorn and Roses bandwagons.
  • Fantasy – This is not a category I read very often any more. It used to be my genre of choice as a child. But I will go here if the book sounds interesting enough. Favourite authors include J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Sarah J Maas, Holly Black, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne Rice.
  • Selfhelp – Shock horror, I occasionally read in this category! Sometimes it takes a motivational book to get me up and active.
  • Books on Writing – Let’s face it, I need all the encouragement and help I can get!
  • Classics – Ah, the classics. They are called ‘classics’ because readers return to them again and again. My favourite authors include Jane Austin, The Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Daphne du Maurier and Margaret Mitchell.
  • Romance – I don’t know why I put this category last. Perhaps it’s the book snob in me. I really enjoy reading this category as an enjoyable, light read and think romance books and authors are some of the best writers out there. I prefer historical romances set in the Medieval or Regency England period.

My Review Policy

I write this blog for fun and for the joy of reading and writing. I review books that I actually purchase–either via my Kindle or from a book retailer. Or I review books that are given to me as a gift from friends or family that I feel compelled to say something about. Sometimes I also review books from NetGalley if they sound like my cup of tea. I read a lot more books than I review as some books might be good but I feel I have nothing to say about them. I also don’t review books that I hated or couldn’t finish as I don’t like to write overly negative reviews.

I am happy to be approached by book publishers about new releases but will only accept books to review if they are along the lines of my list of reading interests above. Please feel free to contact me with a brief spiel about the book you are pitching. If I am interested, I will reply to your message. I will only write a review of a book if I genuinely have some good things to say about it, but it will be an honest review.

I also write and post about books via Instagram and will post my reviews there as well as on goodreads.

Please contact me at jane(dot)read(dot)next(at)gmail(dot)com.

Note: I am not taking review requests from authors or self-published authors at this time. Simply because I don’t want to disappoint you if I don’t have time to read you book or I don’t enjoy it.