Our local little free library!

While I love writing stories, I also love reading them! (Spoiler: I read a lot more books than I write.) And, as an indie author, I know just how important reviews can be. So while I’ve been reviewing books on Goodreads and Amazon for some time, I decided to take it up a notch. I’m so beyond grateful to the book bloggers that have been kind enough to take the time to read and review my books, so I decided to start my own little review blog to pay it forward a little!

I am currently accepting review requests!

I would like to mention that I’m not as fast of a reader as I used to be now that I juggle a full time job, my reserve job, my two kids, and my own writing goals. I usually manage only about 50 books a year, so I will be very selective of which review requests I accept. I try to keep my TBR very short, because backlogs have a tendency to stress me out!

Also, just as a heads-up, I do run a “Little Free Library Contest” on my Twitter page every month. The contest opens (via Twitter thread) around mid-month, and authors reply with their book pitches and links. On the first of the month, I choose my favorite pitch (this choice is extraordinarily mood dependent), buy the paperback, read it, review it, and then place it into our local little free library for the others in my community to enjoy. If you want to participate in that, then keep an eye on my pinned tweets for the rules and timelines.

Genres I read

I’m widget-challenged, but my full BookSirens profile is here.

I read all over the place: Upper-MG, YA, NA, Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dystopian, Mystery, Action/Adventure, Romance, etc. Traditionally published, indie authors, etc.

I do usually read shorter and faster-paced books as a general preference, and a side of romance is always a plus. If you have something that can comp to a K-drama, I will probably devour it. Violence, language, and steam don’t really bother me, as long as it’s not distracting from the rest of the plot. Even if it’s not listed here, feel free to try your luck!

Kid’s books: I do have a 3yo and 5yo that also read a ton. My 3yo loves picture books, and my 5yo is an independent chapter book reader. So I could definitely see accepting picture and chapter books to read/review books with them.

Things I don’t read: Nonfiction (unless it’s a kid’s book), Poetry, Religious Fiction, Erotica

Formats I accept

Paperback offers will get preference (I’m trying to set a good example for my kids), but once I’m done reading it, I will put it one of the local little free libraries. I also will happily accept .mobi files, .epub files, and audiobooks. I could probably swing a .pdf file, but that’s not my usual preference

Where I review

I normally review on Amazon & Goodreads, but I will now also be posting the review on my little review blog thing! Paperbacks will also be reviewed on Instagram, and if I really like a book, I will also gush about it on Twitter. However, I can definitely try to crosspost to other places on request.

What my reviews look like

As part of my posts, I will include a picture of the cover, an abbreviated version of the blurb from Goodreads/Amazon, and then my reviews focus almost entirely on my (or my kids’) reaction to the book. I try to keep my reviews mostly positive, but also mention the things that don’t quite work me if I give it less than five stars. You can check out my Goodreads profile if you’d like to skim a few. Four stars is my most common rating, but I also give out half stars.

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ SIX STARS. LOVED IT! (I don’t give out many of these)
โญโญโญโญโญ The book was fantastic & I highly recommend!
โญโญโญโญ There were a few things that didn’t work for me, but I enjoyed it.
โญโญโญ I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but others might enjoy it.

I do not post two stars or fewer, as I usually don’t finish books I’m not enjoying. However, I will provide feedback to the author if they request it.

If my children listen to it or read it with me, I will also ask them for their opinions and communicate them like so:

๐Ÿ˜ They liked it a whole lot.
๐Ÿ™‚ They liked it some.
๐Ÿ˜• They didn’t like it.

Also, if you’re willing, I plan on including short author interviews with the review. (mostly silly things: favorite trope, dessert weakness, book recommendation… etc)

How to request a review

Tula Belle with a reviewed book!

Send me an email here: tulabellereviews (at) gmail (dot) com with “Review Request : Your Title” as the subject. In case you’re curious, Tula Belle is my lovely pupper assistant. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Please do NOT reach out with the contact form or my regular email. If it ends up in my regular inbox, it will probably get deleted.

Please include your Amazon/Goodreads links if you have them, your author website if you’d like me to link to it, and a timeline if you have one. Like I said above, I do plan to be extremely selective about which review requests I accept, so if you don’t hear back from me in two days, that’s probably a pass.

Thanks so much for reading through my review policy, and I can’t wait to hear about all of your amazing books!

-Hayley