Guidelines and Rating System for Book Reviews

I enjoy reading and writing book reviews, but with so many reviewers out there, I am under no illusions that you’d like me to read and review your book. However, anything is possible. With that in mind, here are my guidelines for what I will and won’t read and how I rate books.

  1. Fantasy, thrillers, cozy mysteries, and general fiction are my favorite genres.
  2. I have a soft spot for fantasy where characters start off in our world and then are transported to another, but, please, nothing like Outlander. I’m sorry, but I haven’t been able to motivate myself to read it since I failed almost 20 years ago.
  3. I’m not a fan of romance, but will consider chick lit and women’s literature. I particularly enjoy something that will at least make me smile.
  4. YA on a case by case basis. I’m not the biggest fan of YA, but will consider it. I have enjoyed one or two!
  5. Please nothing with gratuitous sex, excessive violence, horror elements, and too much blood. I have an overly active imagination and would like to be able to sleep at night (which is difficult when I have a 2 year old who still wakes at night). So, nothing that might even be remotely classified as scary. I need my sleep.

Of course, always feel free to send me a request. The worst that will happen is a very kind I’m sorry.

Rating System

Would I recommend the book to a friend? How would I describe it and what would I say about it to my best friend? Yes, this may be a bit casual and, while I enjoy reading more technical reviews that focus on character and plot development and writing style, I would also like to know if my best friend would recommend it to me and if I would recommend it to her. The Lily Cafe is a friendly place, and that will carry over into my reviews. You are my best friend and, while I will never dissuade you from reading a book, I will absolutely tell you what I think of it.

5 cups of tea: this book was so good, you have to read it! You’ll need many cups of tea or coffee and a snack because you won’t want to put it down.

4 cups of tea: this was a good book, but not great and terrific. You’ll still need some tea or coffee and a bit of a snack, but will probably put the book down periodically.

3 cups of tea: this book was good, but not perfect and might take a bit more to get through. A few cups of tea and a small bite, but you’ll probably be able to put it down and enjoy a full meal with family and friends.

2 cups of tea: this book was okay. At least it was readable, but you might go long stretches between readings, so something to sip is probably more than enough. You’ll enjoy life and plenty of snacks and meals in between.

1 cup of tea: this book wasn’t to my liking or just wasn’t good. It had many problems and you might not want to even finish it. A cup of tea just to give you something to do while you read.

No tea: I’m sorry, but I abandoned this book, so you won’t be needing any tea at all to get through it because, while I won’t tell you to not read it, it honestly had many, many problems and I just couldn’t get through it, so you might not be able to, either. Though you should at least check out the blurb and maybe the first couple of pages before you decide.


Would you like me to review your book? Let me know!