Who am I?My name is David (you'll also frequently see my online name, tapestry100) and I started from my bookshelf... way back in February of 2008. I was looking for a better way than just keeping a handwritten journal (or my memory) of what I had been reading, and after joining LibraryThing and some prodding from some other friends who were already blogging, I decided to give it a try. I work as a product manager/graphic designer for a local, independently owned telephone book publisher and have been with them for almost 15 years. When I'm not reading, I'm usually at the movies, another great passion of mine. I'm particularly interested in animation of just about any kind, but I will always have a soft spot for traditional, hand-drawn animated films (give me a great Disney film and I'm a happy man!). I live in the mid-Michigan area.
Where else can I be found?I can be found on LibraryThing, Goodreads, and Twitter. Please feel free to look me up there I would love to hear from you
What do I like to read?I can be a rather eclectic reader and I tend to focus on one particular author or genre at a time, but I'm not tied into any one reading pattern for very long. The genres that I read the most are (in order of my favorite genres):
- Young Adult - contemporary, paranormal, fantasty, sci-fi, dystopian, coming of age, etc. Pretty much anything goes here, but I do avoid the angsty teenage vampire type of YA
- Fantasy - Urban & Steampunk are my particular favorites right now, but I also enjoy a good alternate history (such as Naomi Novik's Temeraire series)
- Graphic Novels/Manga - I've been reading comics and graphic novels for almost as long as I can remember, so this is always a particular favorite for me. I usually read the superhero variety, but am open to just about anything
- General Fiction - I'm usually pretty open to any type of general fiction
- Horror - I love a good, intelligently written horror novel. It can't be all just blood and gore, though
- Science Fiction - I haven't read a lot of true science fiction books, so I'm trying to broaden my horizons in this area
- Mystery - Mysteries are always a good way to spend an afternoon, but I tend to lean more towards the cozy variety than anything else
- Non-Fiction/Biographies/Memoirs - I generally don't read much in this genre, but I'm always willing to read something if it covers an event or person I'm interested in learning more about
Keep in mind that I'm fairly open-minded about trying something new, so if you think that your book might be of interest to me but doesn't seem to fall in one of those categories, please feel free to pitch it and I will consider.
Series: I prefer to read a series in order. If you've got a book that you would like to pitch and it's in the middle of a series, I may not always be able to accept it, especially if it's too far along into the series. If it's book two or three in a series, I would probably be more than likely to start the series over something that is four or five in a series.
What don't I like to read?
- Self-Help - To each their own, but these books just aren't for me.
- Business/Marketing books
- Cook Books
- Christian Fiction
- Religion in general
- Self Published - Nothing against self publishing, but I've gotten too many dud books in the past that I just don't want to give it a try right now.
What formats will I accept?
- Finished review copies
- ebooks - I'm generally not a fan of ebooks as I really have a hard time reading them on my computer. I'm a traditionalist for the printed book.
- audio - CD or iPod compatible
What am I looking for from you?When sending me a review inquiry please include, at minimum, the following:
- Description of book
- Book Cover
- When you would like to have a review posted and where
If I do not respond to your pitch, it's either that particular book may not have been of interest or your email may have been eaten by my spam folder, which I don't check very often, so don't take it personally. If you really think the book would be of interest, please resend the pitch. Also, if the first book you pitch isn't of interest please don't hesitate to send me pitches for different books or send me your catalog so that I can chose for myself the books that interest me most.
Do you send unsolicited books?Unsolicited books are welcome as long as you feel that they will fit with my blog content (see above for genres accepted.) However due to the number of commitments I currently have, I can't promise that all unsolicited books will be read. If I can't read a book in a timely manner then I may pass it on to another person for review.
When do you need your review?Typically I need two to three months notice when accepting a book for review. I can be a moody reader and don't like to force myself to read a book in a short amount of time. Therefore I like to have plenty of time to read the book and be able to give it a fair and honest review. Reading is my hobby and my escape from the real world and I don't ever want it to feel like work. As with all rules, though, there are exceptions. Just let me know in advance when you would like to see a review posted and I will do my best to comply but I do not make any guarantees. I always try to post my reviews by the requested date, but sometimes life gets in the way, and if I miss that date, I will try my best to keep the review posted within 2 weeks of that date, but I will always make an effort to have the book read by the time it is required. I understand that you are taking just as much time to get in touch with me to review your book as I am in reading and reviewing it, so I always want to uphold my end of the bargain. I also truly appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to contact me, so will always do my best to get that book reviewed.
Do I like to participate in Blog Tours/Interviews/Guest Posts/Giveaways?You bet I do! I am interested in all of the above.
- Blog Tours - Please give me at minimum one month from receiving the book to review. Preferably two. I would also like to have a particular date in mind when I'm doing a blog tour, as that gives me a goal to work towards.
- Interviews - I love to host author interviews on my blog. I do prefer to read the book prior to asking questions, so please allow time for me to receive and read the book. I will post the interview around the same time as my review but on a separate day. Typically a day or two after I post my review, so that the review and interview can get more exposure.
- Guest Posts - These can be about anything that the author prefers. I will post around the same time as my review but on a separate day, again probably a day or two after a review is posted of a book, if there is a review available. I'm open to simply hosting guest posts by authors that I'm familiar with.
- Giveaways - I love to host giveaways on my blog so if you are willing to donate a book for this purpose then please let me know.
ReviewsI review every book that I read in what I hope is a fair and honest manner. I can't guarantee any book a positive review but when I don't like a book, I will say why this particular book doesn't work for me. Very rarely don't I finish a book, but I do go by a fairly strict 50 page policy; if the book hasn't grabbed me by 50 pages, I'm setting it aside without a guarantee that I'll go back to it. There are too many books out there to spend too much time on a book that I simply don't like. This is my hobby, and I want to keep it something enjoyable. Books that I don't finish will generally be ignored on my blog. I also like to try and post a review on or around a books release date whenever possible. I will not post a review months before a book will be available although sometimes I will post a small teaser to let my readers know I just read a fabulous book and to watch for the review closer to release.
My review format includes the basic book information (i.e. Title, Related Series, Author(s), Copyright, Pages, Publisher, Website (when easily obtainable), Rating, Twitter links (when easily obtainable) and what reading challenge the book falls into for me when applicable) and I will post a synopsis (when available) from Amazon, but leave it clearly marked so that my readers aren't forced into reading it. I will also sometimes include key backround of the book while writing my thoughts on the story.
My reviews are my honest thoughts on a book at the time that I read it. They are not influenced by how I received the book or how well I might know the author or publicist. All reviews are based on the book itself and in no way reflect my opinion of the author or publisher. Even though I accept a book for review, it doesn't always mean that I will review the book on my blog. If I can't get into a book then I will put it aside until such time when I can. Generally, after reading a review book, I will pass on the copy to a friend, fellow blogger or my local library.
Rating SystemI rate books on a 5 star system including 1/2 stars basically this means the following:
- 5 stars - Loved loved loved it! I will become a book bully for this book.
- 4 stars - Liked it, didn't love it but will recommend.
- 3 stars - More of a middle of the road reacting. Didn't love it or hate it. Will guardedly recommend it to others.
- 2 stars - Didn't like it and won't recommend it.
- 1 star - Hated it. I rarely give a book a 1 star, however. I mean, it has to be really, really bad to get a 1 star.
- DNF - Did not Finish
Posting ScheduleI know quite a few people work on a certain schedule for their blogs, and while I'd love to do that, right now my life is too busy to be locked into a particular schedule. My reviews are generally posted the day or so after I've read a book, unless a particular date is requested by a publisher or author. I add in information that I find interesting about the book world, or links to other blogs, interviews, etc that catch my interest and that I think will be of interest to my readers. Eventually, I'd like to move to a more organized schedule, but for now I'm rather free in my posting schedule.
Where else do I post reviews?I will often post reviews on Amazon, BN.com, GoodReads and LibraryThing. My blogfeed is also imported to Twitter and Facebook. If you would like my review posted in any other locations then please don't hesitate to ask. If you want to have a copy of the review emailed to you, please let me know where to send that review to.
I am an Amazon Affiliate. When you click on a link in a blog post and it brings you to Amazon then I will receive a small portion of the proceeds if you purchase that item. I have my Amazon Affiliate program set up so that I receive an Amazon gift certificate when a certain dollar amount is obtained. I use this to buy more books which I then will review on my blog.
What Happens to a Book when I am Done with It?I keep many of the books that I read. Unfortunately, I can't keep them all. Review copies may be donated to my local library or given to another person to read/review. I never sell any ARCs/galleys. If I do not have the time to read an ARC/galley then I will try my best to find another person to read/review the book in my place. This may be done through a contest held on my blog or through a private transaction.
CopyrightAll content (text and pictures) is my own and belongs to me unless otherwise noted, and I hold the copyright on this information. If you would like to post my reviews on another site, please contact me first. At the very minimum you must link back to my blog as the source of the information that you are quoting from me.
Publishers/Authors: You are welcome to short quotations to use on your blog, website, book jacket or other promotional material. I would ask that when you do to please credit my blog as From my Bookshelf and my name (David or tapestry100) as well as link back to my review when possible.
Thanks to Gail from Ticket to Anywhere with helping me out in writing my Review Policy!