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My Review Policy & Ratings

Thanks for visiting my book blog, which was launched October 2020. Below is a brief summary of my review policy & ratings. I love to read and always have a book with me, whether paperback or Kindle. Books are a great way to relax, unwind and slow down in this crazy world we live in.

The reviews are simply my own opinions and thoughts on a particular book after I have finished reading it. I won’t rate any books I have not read from beginning to end. Not everyone will agree with my ratings, but that’s okay.


What I review

I love to be involved in Book Blog Tours for new book launches. I’m also open to receiving requests for Publication Day Book blitz promotion posts of great new titles. I’m always interesting in adding variety so would be open to providing slots for Book Extracts, Spotlights and author Q&As too.

The books I like to read are:

  • Travel Memoir, guides
  • Travel Fiction
  • Non Fiction
    • Autobiographies
    • Self help
    • Health
    • Cook Books
    • Dogs / Animals
  • Health books, food books
  • Fiction –
    • Mystery
    • Suspense
    • Thrillers
    • Psychological Thrillers
    • Fantasy
    • Crime
    • Historical
    • I’m not a huge fan of romance – no mills and boon please – but I do read some light contemporary romance especially if it includes dogs and a good location such as Paris)

I DON’T tend to read any of the follow:

  • erotic fiction
  • military fiction
  • paranormal
  • zombies, vampires or werewolves 

How do I Review

I prefer good old fashioned Hardback or Paperback books. But am willing to accept some eBooks and Audiobooks.

I prioritise my reading so that I can support Blog Tours and always post my reviews on the day agreed. See my Schedule page if you are interested in booking a free slot.

My reviews are posted on my website, as well as Goodreads and where appropriate NetGalley and Amazon UK.

I also promote my what I’m reading and my reviews on Twitter and Instagram. I’m building great relationships with book bloggers, blog tour guides, publishers and authors and always keen to connect with like minded book worms.

Twitter: @touring_tales & Instagram: @Touringtalesbooks

I do not receive payment for my reviews, I do however accept copies of books from publishers and authors. I will always give a fair and honest review.

My blog does include affiliate links to Amazon (see affiliate notice in footer and in Privacy Policy). Wherever possible I do support and promote independent booksellers and would welcome any requests to promote a small book business on my site.

Using my quotes / reviews

I am 100% happy for authors/publishers to reproduce parts of my reviews in books, on websites or as part of wider publicity, but please could these be attributed to me and TouringTales.

Book Ratings

I do provide ratings as part of my book reviews. These are usually 3 star or higher. If I feel a review is going to be less than 3 stars I will contact the blog tour organiser, publisher or author if they have provided me with a copy and advise them privately. I will never post negative, offensive reviews.

5 Star Rating

IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!  — This book was absolutely breathtaking. I LOVED it. This book made a major impact on my point of view about something. The characters were memorable and had distinct voices. The plot line of this book held my attention and was unique, and the pacing was fantastic. The author’s writing style is another reason for the high rating. These books often stay with me for a long time. After finishing, I can’t stop thinking about it. I would Highly Recommend this book and look forward to other books by this author.

4 Star Rating

I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — This book was a really enjoyable read. I really liked it. Some moments I may have even loved. I loved the writing style of the book. The author thoroughly researched the topic before writing. This book made a bit of an impact on my point of view. I would recommend this book to most people and think most people would really enjoy this book. Go read this book!

3 Star Rating

IT WAS GOOD! — This book was an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book; it just didn’t have a 4 or 5 wow factor on me. For example: alot of non-fiction books e.g travel books are really good but not something I’d stay up all night reading or be strongly impacted by.

DNF – Did not finish

I won’t rate a book I didn’t finish. I’ll only rate books I have read beginning to end. I will not post any comments or lists of any DNF books. Just because I don’t like a book, doesn’t mean others will too. 

I hope this all helps, please feel free to contact me with any requests using my contact page.

Miche xxx