The Lexington Bookie

Book Reviews, Blogging Advice, and Lexington Literary Resources

Book Review & Request Policies

If you are on this page, you are probably curious about one of two things:

  1. Is she accepting review requests?
  2. How does she rate and review books?

Overall, the blanket review policy is this: I am not a professional, and therefore everything that I read is because I have personally expressed interest in reading it. Most of the time, the books I review are ones that I have checked out of the library, have been loaned or gifted from someone, or have been purchased for my own personal book collection. I accept no compensation for my reviews- I blog solely for the enjoyment of reading and writing.

Review Requests:

Currently, I AM accepting review requests. However, I am limiting those requests to those from verified publishers, who may contact me here.

If I was contacted in the past about writing a review and accepted, it has been noted in the review blog post that a copy of the book (in whichever format specified) was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

I am always honored to be asked to read and review, and I do my best to be respectful and fair to both the author, their work, and to fellow bloggers who read the reviews. My opinions are subjective to none but myself, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others.

Product Review Requests:

Currently, I AM accepting product review requests. However, I will only accept products or merchandise that pertain to books and literacy, as these align with the focus of this blog and it’s readership. If you believe you qualify or have questions, you may contact me here. If I have agreed to review the product, there will be a disclaimer stating that I received the product in exchange for an honest review. All product review opinions are subjective to none but myself, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others.

Rating System:

Ratings are subjective. I appreciate how some have standardized their rating system to make it less subjective, but I find that it can still be difficult to evaluate exactly where a book would fall on a set scoring system. Therefore, on my blog, I use a loose format that follows as such:

  • How I came across the book
  • A summary of the book
  • An analysis of the book
    • What I liked
    • What I didn’t like
    • Interesting elements
  • How strongly I recommend the book
  • What audience would I recommend it to

Negative Reviews:

I’m going to be blunt- if I don’t like the book, I’m going to explain why, and I’m going to post the review. However, I try to do so with utmost respect to the author. Not every book will be my cup of tea, and I think I owe my readers and the author an explanation as to why. The same goes with books that I did not finish (DNF). I reserve the right not to finish a book that I do not find enjoyable- life it too short, and there are so many books out there that I want to read in this lifetime.


I joined Goodreads and have accounted for all the blog posts I’ve done book reviews on. I I have updated my blog reviews to incorporate what ratings I gave each book on Goodreads. Utilizing their rating system, this is how I interpret the stars system:

It was AMAZING! I loved this book! I would purchase it, rave about it, and recommend it to anyone!

I really liked it! I would recommend it to most anyone, and there were only a few minor things that prevented me from absolutely loving it.

I liked it. It didn’t blow me away, and there were some things that didn’t sit right with me, but I enjoyed the read overall. I may recommend it to someone specific but with stipulations.

It was okay. It didn’t live up to the hype, or I just wasn’t into it for specific reasons. Also, DNF books fall under this if I really tried to get into the book and just couldn’t convince myself to read further. I wouldn’t buy this book or recommend it to anyone.

I did not like it. I either didn’t care to read it after the first few chapters, or I read the whole thing and thought it was a complete waste of time. Usually, this includes those books we were all forced to read in certain classes and we’d rather fail the class than have to read one more passage.


If you have any questions concerning the above information, or need to contact me privately in regards to my blog, please do so here.

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