About This Blog
This blog initially began as a way to keep family and friends involved in what was happening in my life. But in 2007, it evolved into a predominantly literary endeavor. It is here I post book reviews, reading challenges, and other literary thoughts. I occasionally veer off into other areas (like quilting), but mostly I blog about books and reading.
Why the Name?
Caribou was my search and rescue dog and my very special friend. In many ways, she was a huge inspiration to me and taught me many lessons about life. Caribou had a “can do” attitude and woke up each day with a smile, happy to start her morning. She loved life and lived it to its fullest. She reminded me daily to be happy in the moment and appreciate the little things. To read more about my beautiful girl, visit the page dedicated to her.
Accepting Books for Review:
January 1, 2013 UPDATE: Due to a very high volume of requests and a stack of books to which I have already committed, I will be limiting the books I accept for review in 2013. I welcome queries from authors, publishers and publicists. Please note, I receive upwards of 50 or more requests for book reviews PER WEEK. Please be patient if you have sent me a request. I try to respond to each request individually and give each book thoughtful consideration. I have generally stopped responding to emails which disregard my review policy (below) – for example, if someone sends me an attached e-book or a request to review their self-published book, I will delete their email without a response.. Queries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your patience!
I am always excited when a publisher or author contacts me to read and review books. I receive many Advance Reader’s Editions, as well as Review Copies of some of the best literature out there. My policy is to give these books priority in my stacks while still making time to read other books.
I have a loyal readership who has come to expect honest book reviews. If I don’t like a book, I say so. But, I try to balance my reviews to reflect both the strengths and weaknesses of a particular book. I don’t believe that one person’s opinion should be the last word, and often books I haven’t been thrilled about, show up on other review sites with accolades. Likewise, books I’m thrilled about sometimes see negative reviews by other readers. And thus the world becomes a more interesting place in which to reside!
I feature all books sent for review on a weekly Mailbox Monday post which includes a short blurb on the book, quotes from early reviews, book trailers, author profile and pertinent links to the publisher’s website, author website, etc… This is a widely read meme hosted by a different blogger each month. An example of one of these posts may be found here.
I post all my book reviews on Library Thing under the user name Writestuff. I also occasionally post reviews to Powell’s Bookstore on-line and Barnes and Noble.com. I do not post reviews to Amazon for many reasons, one of which is the hostility towards reviewers on that site. To browse all books I have reviewed, please visit my Reviews Page on this blog. All reviews are listed alphabetically by author and separated into Fiction, Short Stories, and Nonfiction categories.
Authors, Publicists, and Publishers who wish to contact me about reviewing a book on Caribousmom should email me at caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com
***please read below for my policy on accepting books for review
- I prefer to be queried re: review requests rather than receiving unsolicited copies of books. Please be aware that unless I specifically commit to a certain date for review, a review is not guaranteed.
- Please do not leave queries in the comments section of my blog – they will be deleted as spam. The comments section of the blog is meant for discussion about the posts, not a place for people to advertise their work. Please email me with any queries.
- I do NOT accept e-books or books in digital format – I prefer physical books I can hold in my hands!
- Although I would like to accept every offer, it is not practical or possible to do so. My policy is to accept no more than TWO books which will be published in any given month as I prefer to review books during their month of publication if possible.
- I no longer accept self-published books.
Regarding Guest Posts: I am delighted to have authors whose books I have read and enjoyed craft guest posts for my blog. I do not invite guest posts from people I do not know who simply want to increase exposure for their website. I get a ton of “requests” from those who assure me they are fantastic, thoughtful writers who simply want a link back to their site. I consider this advertising which I do not do here on my blog. I have stopped responding to those emails
Genres I do NOT generally read or review:
- Science Fiction
- Self-help books
- Traditional Romance
- Vampire or Paranormal
- Children’s Books
- YA fiction (although I will consider YA which could be classified as an adult crossover)
Genres I am eager to read and review:
- Literary Fiction
- Crime Fiction/Suspense/Mystery
- Historical Fiction
- Women’s Fiction
- Works in Translation/World Literature
- Short Story Collections
- True Adventure stories
This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions (including paid promotions of book giveaways or author interviews/guest posts). I write for my own purposes. However, I may be influenced by my background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.
I am compensated ONLY with Advance Readers Editions or Review copies of books provided by publicists, publishers, or authors. Although these books are provided in the hopes of a review, a review is not guaranteed, nor is the review (if it is provided) expected to be anything but an honest opinion of the book. Even though I receive compensation in the form of free books, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those books. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own.
Because of recent confusion across the blog-o-sphere regarding paid content, I include an FTC disclosure on each book-related post.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
I am an IndieBound Affiliate Member. Visitors who click on the IndieBound book widgets will be taken to the IndieBound site where they have the option of purchasing the book from an Indie Bookstore. I receive a small commission if a visitor to my blog purchases a book through one of my sponsored links. Any monies I receive from this program go towards support of this blog.
Thank you for reading along with me!
All the best,
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