“The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography.”
– Oscar Wilde.
Welcome to Canberra’s very own book review blog!
My name is Angharad and this is a blog for the books I read and collect. When it comes to books, I’m a sucker for a pretty face. I’m also an avid reader and love to think about books long after I’ve finished them. I use this blog for all my reviews and to feature great books and editions I come across. I especially love books with tinted edges, also known as sprayed edges.
Book Review Policy
I especially love reading diverse books by diverse people, so please get in touch if you would like me to review your book.
I read fiction and non-fiction, and my favourite genres are literary fiction, biopunk, magic realism, creative non-fiction and microhistories.
I accept both hardcopy and eBooks. If you send a hardcopy, I will include a photo with my review to show off the cover. Please note, I am located in Australia. My preferred formats for eBooks are ePub and PDF.
While I do try my hardest to get to review requests promptly, sometimes it may take a while for me to get to your book in between reading books I choose and other commitments. If you have a particular date in mind for a book review, please let me know via the contact form below and I’ll see what I can do.
However, although I read a lot of books every year, to make the most of my reviews, here are some guidelines:
- no self-help books,
- I do not read, review, edit or critique unpublished manuscripts,
- I reserve the right to decline a review request, even after I start reading it,
- I may request a sample chapter,
- I’m unlikely to accept reviews of books over 400 pages long,
- if the book is part of a series, please do not send me any book other than the first,
- I am unable to commit to reading an entire series.
Unfortunately, for several reasons, I have decided that I will no longer accept and review self-published and subsidy published books. I have reviewed all books I have already committed to, and I will be taking on no more.
Self-published authors: I strongly recommend that you ask someone (not me) to professionally edit your book for spelling, grammar, readability and length before circulating it for reviews. If the book is not edited, it is much more difficult for reviewers to give it a positive review.
Publishers: I am currently accepting review requests. To request a review, please fill out the form below or contact me via Netgalley.
I also do book events. I have hosted and appeared on:
- panels at Conflux 16,
- a book discussion at Muse Canberra,
- a book launch at Paperchain Bookshop, and
- a book launch at Muse Canberra.
If you would like to talk to me about a book event, please get in touch using the form below.
Check out all my other projects including fiction, non-fiction, zines, podcasting and narration here.
For any questions or inquiries about my book reviews, articles, podcast or how to get your hands on one of my zines, please contact me via the form below.
Thanks for visiting!