Book & Product Review Policy


For information on Product Reviews please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Book Review Policy for The Baking Bookworm
Books are my life.  As a Library Assistant and book blogger I love sharing new (and not so new) wonderful reads with my customers and readers on a daily basis.  Being able to get books from my local library, book stores as well as from publishers via NetGalley and directly from authors is the icing on the proverbial cake for this book blogger!

Please be aware that my opinions and reviews of the books that I share on my blog are completely my own.  I have no affiliation with any company to receive compensation for the books that I review therefore I do not provide any links to book sites in order for my readers to purchase books.  I leave it up to my readers to decide where and how they will buy their books.

FTC Disclaimer
When I receive a book from a publisher or author I will clearly state this fact directly after my review of the book.  The reviews that I provide for each book are in no way biased due to the fact that I received a complimentary copy of the book.  With each review I give my honest opinion and I always strive to provide a review that is respectful to the author even if I didn’t enjoy the book.  My reviews are very subjective but are completely my own and will always reflect how I felt about the book.  Since my reviews are merely my honest opinion, my reviews should not be held liable for the purchase of any book nor to affect the book sales based on just my opinion.

Note to Authors and Publishers Regarding Genres
While I’m an avid reader there are certain genres that I prefer and others that I tend to avoid just due to personal tastes.

I will accept books in the following genres:

** Favourite genres are in bold **

·         Historical Fiction

·         Young Adult

·         Young Readers (ages 9-12)

·         Dystopian

·         Suspense/Mystery

·         Contemporary Fiction

·         Supernatural/Paranormal

·         Chick Lit

·         Cookbooks (I prefer the entire book, not an excerpt.  I do not review digital cookbooks)

I do not accept books in the following genres:

·         Horror

·         Erotica

·         Romance (ie ‘bodice rippers’)

I receive requests on a daily basis from authors and publishers and unfortunately, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to enjoy all of the books that I’m offered.  I also do not request books that don’t sound like they’re my cuppa tea. 

If I agree to review your book it will be added to my list of ‘To Be Read’ books and I will review it as soon as possible.  Sometimes I change the order of the books I read due to the impending publication date of the book but usually I will read the books I receive in the order that I receive them.  If you require a review by a certain date or close to your publication date please state that in your request and I will try to fit it into my schedule. 

Please note that I am a very active Kindle reader.  I am more than happy to review an e-book on my Kindle but I also receive paper copies to review as well.  If you would like me to review a book within a series, and I haven’t read the earlier books, I would appreciate receiving the earlier books so I can have a better understanding of the relationships between the characters and the larger story arcs.

Rating System

0 stars = I couldn't finish it

1 star = I forced myself to finish the book

1.5 stars = I barely finished this book; definitely wouldn't recommend this book

2 stars = 'Meh'; nothing wonderful; wouldn't recommend it to others

2.5 stars = Just ok

3 stars = A good read

3.5 stars = A really good read; would recommend to others

4 stars = A great read; strongly recommend to others

4.5 stars = Awesome! Almost perfection; definitely would recommend

5 stars = One of my favourite books; I will definitely re-read this book; the characters will stay with me for a long time; I will tell anyone (and everyone) who will listen how much I love this book!!


Giveaways
I would love to be part of giveaways.  Please contact me thebakingbookworm@gmail.com.

Note to Publishers and/or Authors
If you would like me to read and review your book you can contact me at thebakingbookworm.gmail.com. I am a very avid reader (80+ books per year) and enjoy new releases as well as older books and revisiting my favourites.

I publish my book reviews on my blog as well as the following venues:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca 
GoodReads -- The Baking Bookworm
Twitter -- @bakingbookworm
Facebook -- The Baking Bookworm
Pinterest -- bookwormbaker
Litsy -- bakingbookworm
Instagram -- bakingbookworm

To the publishers and authors who give me the opportunity to read and review your books I truly thank you for trusting me to give my honest review of your pride and joy.  I appreciate the opportunity to share your books with my blog readers as well as the customers that I see on a daily basis as a Library Assistant within my local library system.

Product Reviews
I am open to doing product reviews and due to my ranking on Amazon.ca/.com I get many, MANY daily requests. Please note that I am CANADIAN so if you don't ship to Canada please don't email me and, if I ask, please honour my request to not be emailed again.  I do not review any cell phone items or other techy type stuff so please don't ask.  Once I agree to review your product I will use it and give it an honest review as soon as I can.

FTC Disclaimer for Product Reviews
When I receive an item I will clearly state this fact directly at the end of my review.  The reviews that I provide for each item are in no way biased due to the fact that I received it for free or at a large discount.  With each review I give my honest opinion and I always strive to provide a review that is respectful even if I didn’t enjoy the item.  My reviews are very subjective but are completely my own and will always reflect how I felt about the item.  Since my reviews are merely my honest opinion, my reviews should not be held liable for the purchase of any product nor to affect sales based on just my opinion.

Sincerely,
Laurie (The Baking Bookworm)

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