My favorite genres to read and review are literary fiction and memoirs. For blog reviews I generally focus on recent and upcoming U.K. releases in these categories (see also my “Reading Interests” below), although I also read U.S. offerings through NetGalley and Edelweiss.
I am open to offers of review books, especially when connected with specific opportunities like a blog tour associated with a literary prize.
I prefer to receive finished print copies or print proofs for review, although I can read e-books when necessary. Unsolicited review copies are very unlikely to get read.
Please note that I no longer accept books directly from authors or consider self-published books for review.
As a rule, I do not read crime, romance, science fiction or fantasy.
I read 300+ books a year and, in addition to the above genres, enjoy contemporary poetry, graphic novels, self-help, popular science, popular theology and nature writing.
Broadening my experience of literature in translation is an ongoing priority.
Specific subgenres that I particularly love include medical and bereavement memoirs, “foodoirs” (food-themed memoirs), “graphic memoirs” (memoirs in the form of a graphic novel, that is), true stories of faith and doubt, epistolary and campus novels, Victorian pastiches and books about cats.
Other Literary Interests
- Authors’ houses and graves
- Victorian studies
- Literary prize races (especially the Man Booker Prize and the Wellcome Book Prize)
My big dreams are to be involved in bibliotherapy in some way and to judge a literary prize.