Apr 29, 2013

What I Do when I Review

For the past several years I have been a blog tour host for Cedar Fort, Covenant Communications, Deseret Book, Shadow Mountain, Inspired Kathy, Trifecta Books and a few Indie Authors...
and they have keep me pretty busy...and I have LOVED it!

However, for the time being I am no longer taking any review requests.
Here is what I do for my reviews~

First, and foremost I must choose a book to review. I work in a bookstore and see what new books come in and choose a lot of those. I watch for “blog tours” and sign up for many of those. I also love it when authors contact me to review their books and I choose a lot of them that way—sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with request and have to say “not right now” along the way.

Second, I read the book. I choose to read every word often including the front and back of the book, the jacket flaps, the acknowledgments, the introduction, etc. I want to be able to stand by the book and not have any surprise words or scenes show up that I didn’t preview—this takes time.

Third, I have a high standard for what I read and for what I put on my blog. If I find the book has questionable material I will not post a review of it. That way you know that the books I post are safe to read…all of them!

Fourth, I write a positive review. If a book meets my standards it will be a good book and therefore it will be easy to find good things to say about it. Sometimes I will include a book description, a book excerpt, and/or quotes from other people and what they are saying about the book.

Fifth, I like to add a sidebar banner with a link to the review post. This gives the book more time on my main page in addition to the one time post. If a banner is not included, such as a blog tour banner, I create one myself. Here are a few of my favorites...

Sixth, I try to find a blog or Facebook page that the author has and link it to their name on the blog post. This allows my readers to also find these author sites.

Seventh, I like to add author bios and pictures and sometimes I will add a “tens list” of some fun facts about the author.

Eighth, I am always open to book giveaways. I like to use the rafflecopter form and will include “likes” to author sites as entry requirements.

Finally, in addition to posting my review on my blog, I post reviews on AmazonGoodReadsPinterestGoogle+DeseretBook, Twitter, and my Facebook page.

And that is the effort I put into each one of my reviews—

I am Shauna and I Love to Read and Review Books :)


  1. Hi Shauna,
    What a delightful surprise to discover you have reviewed my book on your blog. I am thrilled and honoured, and so glad you enjoyed it. Many thanks.

    1. You are so very welcome!
      Thank you for writing such a compelling book!
      Come visit my blog again soon :)

    2. I certainly shall. Thank you. I have also liked your Facebook page, and look forward to reading more of your reviews. :)

  2. Shauna, you are an amazing woman. What wisdom and strength you offer to the reading world. You are a classic, and you polish my proud button.



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