Tips for requesting reviews

Image result for clipart tipsI’ve been meaning to write a post like this for a while. I receive a few review requests, and some are great. Others leave me feeling a bit cold!

As a result, I thought I would explain the sort of thing that I like to see in a review request. Obviously, this is all my personal preference and other reviews may be different. I’d love to know your thoughts! I’m not trying to be condescending, so I hope it doesn’t come across that way!

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My tips for requesting reviews:

  1. Say ‘Hello’.

Now, this might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many emails I receive that don’t start with a polite hello. I understand that authors have to send a lot of emails when trying to spread the word about their book, but a little politeness goes a long way!

2. Let me know a little about you. 

Obviously I’m not looking for your life story, but a little information, such as if this is your first book is always nice.

3. Show that you’ve at least glanced at my blog and, in particular, my review policy.

I’ve put a lot of work into my blog and making sure it gives someone all the information they need about me as a reviewer. I’m not expecting comments on every aspect, but a simple ‘I’ve read your review policy and it sounds fair’ would be a good step.

4. Limit the amount of information you send about your book.

A few sentences about the genre, length and synopsis of your book are great. It saves me a lot of time trying to find the information about your book on Amazon! However, a stream of comments from other reviewers won’t make me decide whether to review your book. I like to make up my own mind! 🙂

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Anything you think I need to add that I’ve missed? Let me know!


Book recommendations?

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I’ve been away for a while, so I’ve missed quite a few releases! I’m really sorry if I hven’t replied to any emails or facebook messages.

So I was wondering, are there any books that you think I should be reading? Would you mind letting me know, please?

I’m at a bit of a loss for where to start!

Please email me at: kjreviews@outlook.com.

I would really appreciate it! Thanks!



Do the greatest libraries have a white colour scheme?

When asked what their favourite library is, most people will say the library from Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (See left). Pretty amazing, right? White with a gold trim, it certainly stands out!

This is not the only great library that uses a white colour scheme, though. Here are a couple real-life libraries that use a white colour scheme, too.

Marfa Palace Library, Portugal.

How awesome does this library look? Apparently, there is a colony of bats that live here during the winter, eating the bugs that would usually damage the library books. How cool is that?

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Yet another library with a white colour scheme. Apparently, the original collection of books were re-bound in white to match the colour scheme. I think this is taking the colour scheme a bit too far!

The George Peabody Library, USA.

With wall to wall bookshelves, this library is made primarily from iron. It may not have any sculptures, but it’s certainly striking!

The Theological Hall, Prague (Strahov Abbey)

This library is certainly striking. Just look at the detail on the ceiling!! Yet again, the colour scheme is white! I’m loving the globes in the middle of the room, too!

So, what do you think? Is there a reason for this white colour scheme? Does the colour scheme make a library great? Is the white supposed to be more inviting than dark wood panelling?


Happy New Year!

Hello, lovely people!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas. Now, as 2015 draws to a close, I want to wish you all a happy new year! I hope 2015 has been wonderful for you, and that 2016 will be even better!

Now, the part of these posts that everyone dreads…. New year’s resolutions!

Mine are:

  1. Get back into blogging.
    I know I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, and I put so much effort into getting it started, so it’s been making me a bit sad. So, in the new year I vow to get back into blogging. I’m even considering making a sort of schedule so I know what I’m posting when, which may help!
  2. Spend less time worrying / Accept that things happen for a reason.
    I’ve never been very good at accepting change, so this year has been really hard for me. Lots has changed and I’ve struggled to come to terms with it all. As a result, I’ve decided to defer my PGCE for a year. It was a hard decision, but I feel it’s the right descision. There’s lots going on with my life (for example, my grandma is still quite poorly) and I’ve had so much on my mind that I’ve been making myself ill trying to cope with everything, along with trying to complete my PGCE.

I may come up with more as the year goes on, and I shall update my post if I do.
So, what are yours?
Again, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope 2016 is amazing!


2015 in review

Here’s my 2015 review. I’m over the moon with these stats! Thank you for making this possible 🙂 Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


All I want for Christmas is youuuuu!

So, its less than a week until Christmas! Who’s excited?! I know I am. Tomorrow I will be going home to see my family!

As I’m sitting here wrapping presents, I thought id ask what you’re all looking forward to this Christmas?

I’m looking forward to seeing my family and the dinner. There aren’t many presents I want, though I’m hoping for an amazon voucher to help with all the books that will be released in the new year!

Is there a particular present you want? Are you looking forward to seeing family? Are you looking forward to the Christmas dinner? I’d love to know!


Award: Siblinghood of the World!

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Cristina over at My Tiny Obsessions! Thanks, Cristina! 🙂

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

Questions from Cristina:

  1. Favourite book?
  2. Favourite TV show?
  3. Favourite Movie?
  4. Favourite Book-Movie/TV adaptation?
  5. Favourite Actor?
  6. Favourite Actress?
  7. Favourite Author?
  8. Favourite Book ship?
  9. Favourite TV Show ship?
  10. Favourite Movie ship?

My answers:

  1. Oh god, that’s difficult! I have so many! I think I might have to say Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol today!
  2. I think it would have to be either Grey’s Anatomy or Suits.
  3. At the moment, Guardians of the Galaxy!
  4. I think probably Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I’m always worried when a book gets turned into a movie, but I quite enjoyed this one!
  5. Hmm. Probably either Robert Downey Jr (I love him as Iron Man!) or Chris Pratt (he makes Guardians of the Galaxy so fun!).
  6. This is hard. It used to be Melissa McCarthy (she’s amazing in Gilmore Girls!) but I haven’t liked any of the films she’s done recently.
  7. This is an impossible question! How can I pick just one?!
  8. Davran and Ronan in the Fuel to the Fire trilogy by David Staniforth.
  9. Loralai and Luke in Gilmore Girls! Obviously!
  10. Does it have to be a romantic relationship? Rocket and Groot from Guardians in the Galaxy 🙂

I’m nominating:

  1. Dayna at Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers
  2. Romance Novels for the Beach
  3. Ditch the Bun
  4. Claire at Claire’s Cosy Corner
  5. Yvo at It’s All About Books
  6. Lexi at Sempre Dolce
  7. Michelle at Spider’s Book Club

Sorry if any of you have already been nominated! Also, if you want to be nominated and I haven’t nominated you, please leave me a comment and I’ll add you in! 🙂

My ten questions:

  1. If you could trade lives with one character (book, TV or movie), who would it be and why?
  2. Do you listen to music when you’re reading?
  3. If you were stuck on a desert island and only allowed to bring one book with you, what would it be?
  4. What book has been so over-hyped that you’ve felt disappointed when you read it?
  5. Paperback, hardback or e-book?
  6. Where is your favourite place to read?
  7. Do you use bookmarks or dog-ear your books?
  8. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  9. Do you prefer to read at night or in the morning?
  10. Where is your favourite place to read?


Once again, I would like to thank Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions for nominating me! Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing your answers!



Update: Why I haven’t been around much this summer.

Hello, lovely people!

I have been pretty absent for the past few weeks, with my last post being about my graduation. I want to apologise for that and explain why this has happened. I don’t post life updates very often, but I feel I owe you that much after promising to be more active now that I have finished university!

Firstly, I have been getting things ready for September when I start my PGCE. I will be moving from my little corner of Wales to sunny Somerset in England! That means that I will be moving out of my parent’s house. This is both scary and exciting! Not only do I have to get everything ready for moving, I need to get everything ready to start work, and I have an essay due for the first day of my course!

Secondly, my grandma is poorly and in the hospital. She was in the hospital during my graduation, but we thought she was getting better and she was discharged soon after. However, she was rushed back in at the beginning of this week and things are definitely worse. We are actually currently waiting to see whether she will be having surgery today or whether it will be tomorrow now! I’m spending as much time as I possibly can at the hospital, plus helping my mum keep the house together, entertaining my brothers as it’s the summer holidays, and making sure I have everything ready for moving. As a result, I am not getting a chance to read, let alone post about what I have read!

I want to thank you all for your understanding and for continuing to follow my blog, despite my lack of posts! I really, really appreciate it!

I have some posts scheduled for this week and I hope to be back with you all soon!

~Katherine x