About Books and Beyond Reviews

What does Books and Beyond review?

For the most part, I am avid book reader. I will try a wide range of books, with one exception – romance. I have never been able to engage with books of this genre, so please keep this in mind when requesting a review.

The following is a list of considered genres is a starting point:

Fantasy
Science fiction
Horror
Comedy
Historical
YA
Biographical/Autobiographical
Mystery/Thriller
Crime

This isn’t an exclusive list, but should give an idea of the kind of things I tend to read by choice.

How does Books and Beyond rate and score books?

I know that everybody is different, it’s what is great about being human. We all have our own interests. With that in mind, the way I review books is purely my own, honest opinion. I don’t receive payment or incentive for my ratings, and nor would I ever seek any. These are my honest thoughts on the books I am reviewing. I often receive books for free from both authors and publishers, but this is in no way an incentive to review positively.

I am currently trialling a new rating system to make things clearer as to my overall feelings towards a book. “Good read” is a book that would have scored a 4 or 5 star rating. “Okay Book” would have scored a 3 star rating. “Not for me” is a book that would have scored 1 or 2 stars. This is currently a trial, and the logos will be fairly self explanatory.

All of my review scores or ratings are based on a simple five-star system. I have added half stars so this means any book I review can score one of 9 possible ratings. The halves come in where I feel the book doesn’t quite meet the criteria for the higher scores, while not being as bad as the next one down.

5
Brilliant read – I would definitely recommend and will revisit it myself.

4
Entertaining read – I would likely recommend and probably revisit in the future.

3
Okay read – enjoyable enough, though I am not likely to recommend or revisit myself.

2
Poor read – Unlikely that I would recommend this due to poor plot, writing, or due to it being boring in my opinion. Unlikely that I would revisit.

1
Bad read – Very likely I didn’t finish this for whatever reason. I would definitely not recommend this and will also not revisit this again.

How do I request a review?

If you wish to recommend a book for me to try and then review, or if you are an author, publisher or producer that wishes to have their work reviewed on Books and Beyond, please head to the Contact Us page.

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