Review Policy

Thank you for your interest in Required Reading! This policy was last updated on March 19, 2023. Any use of the contact form at the bottom of this page assumes your acknowledgement of the following:

Review Requests

With limited exceptions, I do not accept review requests. Reading is one of my greatest personal pleasures, and my primary form of relaxation. After several years of blogging and accepting review requests, I realized that I prefer to have a minimum number of outside obligations placed on my reading time.


I choose which books to read and review by following my interests wherever they take me. I particularly enjoy speculative fiction, young adult, and graphic novels. I don’t generally read horror or romance, with some exceptions. I’m a sucker for books about books. I like non-fiction memoirs, and accessible but well-researched books about psychology.

ARCs and Galleys

Most of the books I review are titles I have purchased, or books I have borrowed from the library. However, I sometimes receive books from publishers or attend conferences where I receive advance reading copies or galleys of forthcoming books. I don’t guarantee reviews for ARCs I accept, and I share my honest opinion of those I do decide to cover. Any post for which I have received a free copy will be clearly marked with a disclaimer. Any ARCS I decide not to keep are generally donated to the library. I also sometimes pass ARCs along to other bloggers, librarians, or teachers.


I generally cross-post a short excerpt from each review to Storygraph and Goodreads, along with a link to the full review on this site. Links to new reviews are also automatically shared to Twitter. While I do not use star ratings or other grades here on the blog, I may follow the rating formula of other sites when cross-posting. If you wish to reproduce a post I have written here in another location, please contact me for permission.


I don’t host ads or accept requests for ad placements on my site, and I use the ad-free version of WordPress.

If you’ve read the above, and still have a request, please use this form to contact me:

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