I, Anne, am the sole contributor to the blog Without a Book. I read all my books from start to finish and write my review within a week of finishing the book at the latest. The reviews on Without a Book represent my sincere and thoughtful opinion of the work with no outside influence. Once my review is written I will not change the rating unless I reread the book and this will be noted as an update. I believe that a reader’s initial, gut feeling towards a book should be reflected in the review and not some warped impression that has come with time. I feel this is the best way to write a meaningful review.
I am willing to review any genre and am open to any review requests. However I don’t review audio books or eBooks because I just have a preference for reading from a physical book. Therefore, I only read from hardcover or paperback books and not from E-readers. Just my preference. If you are requesting a review for a sequel to a series, please either send me the first book as well or inquire as to whether I’ve read the first book in the series. I will not read books out of order in a series.
I use the 5 star rating system because I find it easiest to understand. My theory is that 5 stars= Near Perfection, 4 star=Loved it, 3 stars= Liked it, 2 stars=Didn’t like it, and 1 star= Hated it.
I am not in any way a professional reviewer but I hope to be as genuine and fair in my reviews as possible. I welcome any discussion on my reviews in the way of comments or email because books are made to be shared and discussed. Enjoy!
Update 11/29/12: In order to be able to review books from my own collection, I am now implementing a policy of reading and reviewing requested reviews every other book. For this reason, it might be some time before I am able to review a requested book. I do not adhere to time lines or due dates; it is within my discretion when I review a request.