Review Policy

So happy to have you stop by This Is My Symphony where I write about life, books, and all things bookish. My goal is to post about life or things bookish on Monday and post a review on Thursday, but my work load at school and the time of year (can you say “September” and “May”?!) sometimes interferes with the best laid plans.

If you are a publisher or author interested in a review, continue reading, check out my site, and see if the title you’re representing fits on these pages. (Note: I do not review self-published books.)

My favorite titles are what we called mid-list fiction at the bookstore–strong writing, interesting characters, and plots that aren’t mundane … but not too far out, either. I’m not drawn to bestsellers, nor am I a YA fan, even though I teach teenagers. (I do read an occasional YA title, but rely on my students for the recommendations.)  I love time travel, but good ones are few and far between. Memoirs and contemporary non-fiction are on my TBR shelf, but I must admit that it’s quality fiction keeps my heart beating and my blood pumping.

Please do not offer the following genres:
Fantasy/paranormal
Self-help
Politics
Sci-fi/horror
Thrillers/suspense
Romance
Religion
Children’s

And even though I said I won’t read the above, you’ll find reviews of all of those genres on This Is My Symphony. (A girl can change her mind, can’t she?) I post reviews of new titles the week they are released. Guest posts by authors of titles I’ve reviewed are always welcome depending on the lead time given.

In full disclosure, I do receive complimentary advance reader’s copies from NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Blogging For Books, but the opinions expressed on This Is My Symphony are entirely my own and receiving an ARC/DRC does not guarantee a favorable review. My reviews are honest–but even when complimentary, I can be a finicky reader. I receive no financial compensation for any of the books I review. I am active on social media and often post reviews to my blog Facebook page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Let’s get together and talk about books soon, shall we? You can contact me at lalars@sbcglobal.net.