Review Policy

As much as I would love to, I simply don’t have time to read every book that I am asked to review and regrettably there will be occasions when your review request will be declined. Due to the volume of review requests currently being received I am not always able to respond to every email, if you request a review and don’t hear back from me within one week then I’m sorry but you can assume that I am unable to review. Please don’t send chase up emails– if I am in a position to review your book, I will let you know. 

Please do not send me a digital file unless I have agreed to review your book. 

I’ve been adding my reviews to various online sites for some years now including Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones and Netgalley.  In 2013 I  became a member of the Lovereading review panel.  I have previously been on the reader panel for the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

My reading tastes are quite varied and the genres that I enjoy reading are:

  • crime
  • mystery, thriller and psychological suspense
  • women’s contemporary fiction/popular fiction
  • historical fiction – my preference is for post 1700’s and I do love timeslip novels.   (I don’t generally read books about ancient history/battles although if its by an author I love, I will make an exception).

I do not read or review poetry, science-fiction, erotica, zombies, vampires or horror stories.  I’m not a big fan of smushy romance either, and Regency romances or anything with a cowboy on the cover, are a definite no.  I’m dipping my toe into some fantasy but only very selectively especially if it has a contemporary or historical angle (or witches) and most traditional fantasy fiction probably wouldn’t be for me. 

I’m not a professional reviewer, just a lover of reading.  This is a hobby and sometimes my reading time will be limited. I will do my best to meet a publication deadline with enough notice but unfortunately I can’t promise that this will always be the case.  If I receive an unsolicited print book and I am unable to review either because it is not my genre or for time reasons, I reserve the right to pass this to a book blogger friend for review.

Acceptance of a book does not guarantee a review.  Please be aware that I only post on my blog reviews of books that I have enjoyed and would recommend – I don’t post negative reviews on my blog (anything I don’t enjoy so much may only be spoken about on Amazon or Goodreads) nor do I review books that I have been unable to finish.

Please be assured that I never sell any proof/review copies, although some unsolicited books may be passed to fellow book bloggers for review.

All my reviews are my own opinions and I do not ask for payment for any review. (A note to authors – you should NEVER have to pay a bookblogger for a review – there are a few that may ask you for a review fee but my advice would be to find someone else – most bookbloggers review for FREE for the #booklove).

I regret that I can only accept e-books that are Kindle compatible. I do of course still love to read paper books as well!

I am more than happy for authors/publishers to use a quote from my review for their book/website etc. as long as you credit ‘My Reading Corner’ but would just appreciate notification if you do this (mainly so that I can squeal with excitement when any of my reviews are quoted and/or hunt down a copy of the book!).

Finally, although my reviews may contain links to Amazon, this is purely for ease of reference. I have no affiliation with, and receive no payment from Amazon, or any other company whose links I may include.

I am happy to take part in blog tours, host author guest posts, Q&As and giveaways.

Contact details:  please use the email address below for contact

Email: myreadingcornerblog [at]

Name: Karen

Twitter: @karendennise

Thank you for your interest – and for reading this review policy. 😊