Review Policy

Hello everyone, I feel the need to explain why I am not officially accepting books currently. In less than a week I am going to be undergoing surgery on my spine. A portion of my spinal column is going to be removed and the remaining bone fused from level c2 through c6. Leading up to this surgery the pain level has been incredible, and of course my attention span has decreased radically. What used to take a few hours to read now takes up to a week. I am praying that things will return to a more normal state post surgery. So I am trying to not accept books. But they often sound so good! The expectation is a three month recuperation after which they will address similar problems in my lower back. I don't like to make authors wait overly long to get their review. But I will be back! Thanks for your understanding. Any prayers for my recovery would be greatly appreciated.

An addition to my policy: I am a retired/disabled psychotherapist. I worked for many years in the psych and social services field. I have worked with just about any population you can name. I have seen firsthand the pain and suffering mental illness causes in the lives of those suffering from the illness, and those who love them. I loved the work I did and have seen many inspirational turnarounds in peoples lives. But I don't accept books in the "psychological" realm. Fiction can never match the reality I've seen, so it just doesn't work for me. I see the value of these kind of books for others, and they deserve to be written and read. So, there you have it.

I will honestly review any book I read. I try to read them in the order I get them. I usually write my review the day after I finish the book because I like to sort out my thoughts and reactions to the story. This is not set in stone as I have had such strong reactions to some books that I have written my review within hours.

Since I have a lot of time on my hands, it usually doesn't take me long to read the average book, Usually just a few days. Longer books of course take longer to read. I have bought a kindle so it won't take as long as it did to read ebooks.

I try my best to give constructive criticism. I do not trash anyone's work!  I don't respect mean spirited reviews, so I don't do them.

I will share my reactions to the stories I read, positive or negative.

If an author requests a review from me they need to tell me where their submitted work is in the publishing process. Is it an early draft still subject to revision/correction? Is it the finished product available as is to the general public?

These questions are important to me because I do see typos, misplaced words and other general mistakes and will point them out if the version I am reading is at the appropriate stage. I do not let such errors influence what I think of the actual story, but I will comment if they are so prevalent as to effect my reading experience.

Like the old saying: "I don't know art, but I know what I like". I am not an author, but I am an avid reader. My reviews are written that way, by a reader for readers.

I attended college for 13.5 years, I have Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Business Administration. I have read my share of technical books. I now read for pleasure only!

I like most genres but favor Scifi Fantasy, Humor, Adventure, Action, Horror, Historical Fiction, Parodies, Dystopian, Intrigue, and Espionage. I like Romance as a part of any of these genres, but I don't particularly care for "Bodice Ripper" type romance. Sex is okay, again as part of a greater story line. Politics also as a part of the greater story but not the main theme, Not a fan of poetry so I don't review that.

If anyone is interested in having me review their work, I encourage them to contact me at librarymikes@gmail.com.


Mike

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