Book Review Policy

General Guidelines

  • I am happy to accept electronic or hard copy books for review, but I do not accept self published books.  I prefer Kindle formatted ebooks.
  • I will post reviews on specific dates when my schedule allows (for blog tours, etc). Please allow 2-3 months notice for these types of requests.
  • Please send all review requests to Unfortunately, I cannot accept every review request that I receive, but I do my best to accommodate as many requests as sound interesting to me and I have time to do justice to.
  • If I accept your book for review, it doesn’t mean I am necessarily going to give it a positive review.  But I will try to explain why the book isn’t working for me.
  • My acceptance of a book also does not guarantee that I will finish the book.  If this happens, I will explain in my post why I was unable to finish the book.  I try to gauge as much as I can how successful a book will be with me before accepting review requests, but sometimes, you just don’t know.  Please do browse the site before submitting a request so you’ll get a better feel for how I read.

I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and am a writer myself.  I read widely, though, and below you’ll find some of my preferred interests:

  • Contemporary / Literary Fiction
  • Psychological Mysteries/Thrillers
  • Cookbooks – though bear in mind I am a pescetarian.  I do buy and use books that are not strictly vegetarian, or pescetarian, however, that latest and greatest BBQ sensation is probably not for me.
  • Food Books – this is the one area in which I will consider nonfiction/memoir.
  • Historical Fiction
  • YA and New Adult – though YA books that are strictly romance themed are probably not a good choice for me.

Below you’ll find some kinds of books that I am just not the right reviewer for:

  • Christian Books, or religious books of any kind
  • Erotica
  • Graphic Novels
  • Biography/History
  • Romance
  • Self-Help and/or How-To
  • Comic Books
  • Children’s Books or Middle Grade Books

Don’t see your genre listed under either category?  Query me, and I’ll let you know whether I think I’m a good fit for it or not.

Complimentary Books

The books reviewed on Bonne Bouche Books have been purchased by me or borrowed from a library prior to review unless otherwise stated in the post as being received from an author, publisher or company. I never receive any monetary compensation in return for a review unless otherwise stated, and agree to receive a complimentary copy of books only in exchange for an honest assessment, be it positive or negative.

Rating Rubric

0 Bees: Couldn’t get in to the book, and/or didn’t finish it.
1 Bee: I didn’t like this book — felt more like work than reading for pleasure.
2 Bees: This book had something I liked, but didn’t quite fulfill its promise.  It was missing something, or, it didn’t play out the way I thought it would
3 Bees: This book was wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. I would probably not read it again, but it might suit certain readers.
4 Bees: This book was lovely.
5 Bees: I loved this book and will likely read it again.  It has artistic merit.
5+ Bees, Now We’re Buzzing: A new favorite, and one I will unabashedly recommend.  Its not only enjoyable, I think it has real literary and/or artistic merit.