Book Review Policy

As an avid reader and a writer I have always believed in sharing my love for books with those around me. I’m quick to pick up my phone and send a text when a book I’m reading makes me think of someone else—even if it’s a book that I haven’t necessarily connected with. I am so happy that this blog has given me a platform to share the book love on an even greater scale than just the people that I see and talk to on a day-to-day basis.

If you’re a publisher or an author, I would love to partner with you to review your book(s)!

First, let’s make sure we’re a good fit.

I WILL READ…

>> Genres: Contemporary, Mysteries, Thrillers, Fantasy, Literary, Historical, Verse, and some Sci-Fi.
>> Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, and some Middle Grade.
>> Format: I’ll read ARCs and finished copies in physical and electronic formats.

I WILL NOT READ…

>> Erotica

PLEASE NOTE…

While fiction is my love and passion, I am open to non-fiction, especially if you feel that I would be an ideal reader for your book. If you have a non-fiction book that you’d like me to consider, please feel free to contact me.

I studied poetry in college and have a love for it! Some of my favorite poets include Pablo Neruda, Jane Kenyon, Mark Doty, and Langston Hughes and my favorite collection is Whorled, by Ed Bok Lee. If you have a collection you’d like me to read, I’d love to talk to you about it!

DISCLAIMER: While I receive copies of books for review, it will never influence my review of a book. My thoughts and opinions related to the books that I read are genuine and 100% my own. If I don’t connect with a book, I will always articulate why, as I realize that all people read differently and a book that I might not connect with could be the next favorite book of someone who visits my blog.

Let’s Chat!

If you’re interested in working with me for a book review, send me an email at crystal [dot] dreamsetc [at] gmail.com. In addition to book reviews, I love featuring interviews and guest posts with the author.

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I used to see my dad just sit and think, “How can he do that?” I always wanted to be doing something.

And now I try to remember—and often forget—to find pockets of time to be still.
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I love that this is a working conservatory. There are tight spaces, browning leaves, and notes to help those who work there care for everything. It’s one of the things I love about it.

What did you do on Earth Day?
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I was reminded of this tonight. The sky was showing off and birds chirped this evening as I left the office. I took some time to take it all in and breathe the fresh air. The first three days of this week are jam-packed for me, but it’s so refreshing to take time to just be.
  • Missing these nighttime views. 🌙 ✨ 🌃
  • I had a tight frame to get to the airport and through security yesterday. As I contemplated missing my flight I decided it would be God’s way of telling me to move to New York. Unfortunately, not only did I get through security in record time, I made it home before all the delays that might have kept me in New York for a few extra hours. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ On the bright side: I guess I don’t have to figure out how to get Mina to New York and I got to soak up alllll the puppy cuddles last night.
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MoMA was a dream. And inspiring. Do something that inspires you this week.
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