Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”

— Charlaine Harris


I used to be able to read a book a day, and review that often, too. However, life, as it tends to do, stopped me in my tracks, and so I took a rather long hiatus from reading and reviewing for pleasure. Recently, with a change of my commute to work, I’ve found at least two hours of my workday free to listen to books, whether it be through audible or my Kindle’s read-aloud feature. Books have always lured me to them, and I’m excited to slowly take on reviewing books again, as I make my way through each morning and afternoon.

As Charlaine Harris once said, “books [are] the cheapest vacation you can buy.” Oh, how true that is!

And, in line with the FTC Guidelines, I just want to put it out there that I am not paid to review books.  I purchase or go to the library for most of my own reading material, unless an author or publisher sends me a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review.  Books that I receive without purchase or from the library are disclosed at the bottom of the review.  Books I have bought myself have, in the past, had no disclosure, but will in the future.

**********I am NOT ACCEPTING REVIEW REQUESTS at this time. **********


Ryan says:

Love these reviews. Glad you are back


My novel, “Terminal Value,” has enjoyed good success, becoming the #1 best seller at Amazon (#1 in Contemporary Books; #1 in Contemporary Fiction; #1 Paid in the Kindle Store; and #1 in Kindle Store Suspense). It went on to spend two weeks in the top 100 best selling suspense thrillers at Amazon and so far has sold over 15,000 copies.

I wanted to let you know that “Terminal Value” is now available at NetGalley. I’d like to offer you a free copy of my book. Naturally it would be terrific if you would consider featuring my novel for your readers if you feel so inclined. Please just let me know the best way to send you the link.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Thomas Waite

Lance Schafer says:

Hi, just wanted to thank you for leaving a rating for my book “L.A. Success” on Goodreads. I appreciate it!

Christy says:


I am publishing the second edition of The Book Blogger Cookbook–a combination of great books, tasty recipes and blogger reviews. I found your review of Gypsy Knights by The Brothers Metz on your review site and I would love to include it in the cookbook. Each book features blurbs from bloggers along with a link to each blogger’s review site.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below. If you have read any of the other books in the cookbook, feel free to blurb them as well. The form allows you to include a 1-3 sentence blurb about the book, similar to what you see on back cover copies. I am getting close to publishing the cookbook, so if you could please respond over the weekend, I would appreciate it.


Christy Dorrity

CMSmith says:

I found you listed on the Indie View ( ), and noticed upon visiting here that you sometimes review memoirs. I also read that you have a large bookshelf of unread books you are working through. I can relate to that as I am staring at mine as I type.

Are you currently accepting submissions?

Christine M. Grote
Dancing in Heaven – a sister’s memoir (

Ratan Kaul says:


I was delighted to visit your site.

I’m an author based in New Delhi, India. I plan to publish my debut historical romance novel “Wings of Freedom”, on Amazon/kindle first week of November. The novel, set in British India of the early twentieth century, depicts a cross-cultural romance between an Indian young man and the daughter of a British officer in the backdrop of coronation celebration of King George V in Delhi in December 1911, turbulence of political conflicts, revolution for freedom swirling furiously in India and the catastrophic first world war. I have received good advance reviews from published US authors.

My website is scheduled for launch Nov 1. Meanwhile, here is a link to my new blog which gives a brief insight into my book.

It’d be great honor for me if you could review my novel. The book is ready in kindle format.

Thanks for your consideration.

Best regards,

Ratan Kaul

Awesome bookshelves. I’m so glad I have an ereader now because I’ve run out of space for print books.

Me too! I love my eReader; I take it everywhere with me now. It’s become my favorite way to read as well!

mercury205 says:

Hey so I found your website two ways, on twitter and on wordpress, and I was wondering if you had a html coded picture link I could throw into my side bar… if you want an example of what I mean check out my blog and look at the role play sites section….

I do not, but I do have buttons at the bottom of the sidebar that you might be able to use. WordPress doesn’t work with html. :/


Terrific site.

My first book, Dawn’s End, a romantic fantasy, was published four months ago. Noble Young Adult publishing has launched them as e-books. I would be honored if you would review it. (This is a new branch for Noble Romance and I could use your support getting my book out there.)

Here is my website which explains the books and who I am. I can provide the book for you in mobi, html, or pdf formate.

Thank you for your time.


Bonnie Ferrante

Hello – I found your website via a google search this morning. I am wondering if you are currently accepting e-books for review?

C.C.Cole says:

Hi, I just picked up your blog on Twitter, and I’m asking if you’re accepting any novels at this time for review. On my website above, “Act of Redemption” is available on ebook, and the second “Children of Discord” is as you say, “hot off the press” and probably not what you are looking for. “Act of Redemption” is a dark fantasy novella with a strong female lead. Not sappy, lots of action. Email if interested, and I’ll be happy to send you one. Review at your leisure. Reviews on amazon, kidzworld, MyBookAddiction, and recommended age is 13+ due to intense battle scenes, minimal profanity, no erotic. Thanks. CCC

Yes! I would love to! I just sent you an email with my information. Thank you so much!

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