About Me/Review Policy

My Bookish Ways (Kristin Centorcelli) has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

My blog features reviews and author interviews, and sometimes, giveaways!  Do feel free to chat me up on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads!

I am also Associate Editor at SF Signal (a Hugo Award winning site), review for Library Journal  and Publisher’s Weekly, and have written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine.

I’ve been blurbed a few times, most notably in the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne, The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper, The Edie Spence series by Cassie Alexander, The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith, and more!

**I am also the winner of the Team Robot Blogger Award for 2013, given out by the wonderful folks at Angry Robot Books, which was pretty darn cool:)

If you’d like to send me something to review, please take a look around to get a good idea of what I like to read (mainly spec. fiction, suspense, horror, urban fantasy), and if you think your book would be a fit, be sure to read my review policy first, then send me an email at mybookishways (at) yahoo (dot) com. I can’t guarantee that I will review every book sent to me, but I’ll do my best! My husband also reviews SF every now and then for the site, so if you have a book you think he’d dig, also let me know!

A note on my reviews: Since I do so many critical reviews for other outlets, I like to think of the reviews on my blog as more recommendation than critical analysis. If I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you probably won’t see it featured here (unless my husband reviews something, then anything goes-it’s just how I roll.) So, you most likely won’t see anything that would rate under 3 stars (if I used star ratings, which I don’t.)

In the interest of full disclosure, I use Amazon buy links, and minimal ads, which provide a teeny bit of income for the site, so when you click on a book and it goes to Amazon, I’ll get a very small amount of commission. This also helps to offset the cost of shipping for giveaways. I also may get a small amount for book related ads.

***I hope you like the site and hang around, comment, discuss, and all that good stuff, but please, please don’t copy my work. I work rather hard on it, and don’t get paid, so please respect that. If you like something, and would like to include it on another blog/site/etc., all I ask is that you credit the material to me with a link or shout-out. Thank ya!!

Thanks so much for considering My Bookish Ways to review your book (host your giveaway, interview…)!

I’ve included a few things on this page that will help you decide if your book is a fit for the site, but if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You may contact me directly at mybookishways (at) yahoo (dot) com, and if you would be so kind as to put the title of the book in the subject line, that would be great.

I mainly review genre fiction (ie: urban fantasy, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, horror, and thrillers), with occasional diversions. Sometimes,  when I feel particularly feisty, I write for Crime Fiction Lover and Criminal Element, where I indulge my love for all things mystery and suspense. I’m also a contributor to SF Signal, a Hugo Award winning science fiction fanzine and review for Library Journal and have contributed to Mystery Scene Magazine.

*Due to the immense size of my TBR pile, if you haven’t heard from me in 3 business days or so, you can assume I’m not interested (or have finally been overtaken by my book pile). I DO NOT accept self-published titles at this time, but wish you all the luck in the world!

Stat stuff: The blog has been active since Dec. 2010, and I get about (on average) 110,000 Pageviews per month and 15,000 Unique Visitors, if you’re curious about that sort of thing. 

I read a ton of books on a yearly basis, and My Bookish Ways is a place to recommend and feature my favorites. If I don’t have anything nice to say about a book, or if I can’t finish a book, I won’t post a review (because, most likely, I didn’t finish it, and I don’t think it’s fair to review a book that I didn’t finish.) Also, I like to focus on the positive here at My Bookish Ways.

I DO try to review books in a timely manner and maintain my own review schedule according to release date, etc, and will always do my best to get reviews posted to coincide with those dates. However, I’m only one person, and things come up, but I do try to do my best.

INTERVIEWS & GIVEAWAYS: I enjoy doing interviews and I especially like featuring new authors and those authors that may not be rockstars yet, but are diamonds in the rough. Don’t get me wrong, I like the rockstars too:) I’m pretty thorough in my author research before writing interview questions and really like getting to know the author behind the pen, so to speak. As for giveaways, I find them fun for everyone and am happy to do them, however, I’ll only give away books that I would normally read or recommend.

I will NEVER sell review copies, but may include them in a contest or giveaway unless I’m asked not to.

I happily accept digital galleys for review, and we’re a listed Review Organization Accepting NetGalley Titles

Legal stuff (boring, yet necessary)

*DISCLAIMER (my own): All reviews are my own opinion. I DO NOT get compensated for doing this. I do it to connect with other readers and authors and as a way to get through a TBR pile that’s threatening to take over my house and possibly half of my block. I do receive books from authors and publishers in return for honest reviews. Getting a book from an author or publisher does not affect my review in any way.

I do use affiliate links, but any money I make off of this usually adds up to such a small amount it wouldn’t feed a hamster for a day, however, I remain hopeful that it may someday help with site upkeep.

(Official)FTC Disclaimer: In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, My Bookish Ways would like you to know that while I do purchase my own books for review, you can assume that most books reviewed here at My Bookish Ways were sent to me by the publisher or author.  As always, receiving a book from a publisher or author in no way guarantees a review, and I will always give my honest opinion about  a book.