About Me & Review Policy

I can't believe its been close to 2 and a half years since I started Rachel's Random Reads.  

If you are wondering who I am, my name is Rachel, and this is my book blog. I absolutely love reading, and practically feel naked without a book on the go. 

I'm incredibly grateful the longer I run this blog that I am a Londoner, as I love being invited to book events, and I also have a West End musical theatre habit! 

My other main interest is travel, both real and fictional, and try to get away as often as I can afford.   I have also set up my own business Rachels Random Resources which is offering a variety of promotional services for authors. 

Review Policy - Updated 31st March 2018 - I am currently closed to all approaches while I settle into a new work / blog balance. I'm very sorry but taking on anything else whether a review or content for the time being just isn't going to work. The only exception is if I have agreed to work with you before in which case I will do my best to fit something in for you. 

Of course if you would like me to organise a blog tour, cover reveal or create some gorgeous social media graphics to help your book promotion, please do take a look at Rachel's Random Resources

The only genres I am interested in receiving review requests for are (Contemporary only):

Chick Lit / Rom Com / Lad Lit
Romance (not erotica)
Women's Fiction
Psychological Thrillers
Travel Fiction

Possibly could be interested in 
Travel writing
Generally anything in the above sorts of genres that have an interesting location

If your book doesn't fall into one of those genres, then I wish you all the best, and recommend you find other bloggers that will appreciate it far more than I ever will. 

If you would like to to review a book on this blog, then please use my contact form, on the right hand side of the page, and include the following details:
  • Title and Author of book
  • Publisher (or self published if applicable)
  • Genre
  • Blurb
  • Page Count (or at very least an idea of book length, but not word count as they mean nothing to me!)
  • Publication Date (and time-frame when posting a review would be acceptable)
I do read all requests that come through the blog and endeavour to respond to them all in a reasonable time frame, so long as I believe you have at least read my policy. If your request is so far off base,then sorry you just won't be hearing from me. 

Although I am open to requests, and always happy to look at them, I am tending to only accept anything that is likely to tempt me more than the rest of my personal non review TBR that I would love to eventually have time to dip into, so please do try, but don't be surprised if I decline. 

That being said if you are an author of books that fit into the genres that I do read, I'm always happy to discuss and host pre-prepared content, whether its a guest post, character spotlight, cover reveal, blog tour (at my discretion) or anything else your imagination can suggest. 

Please don't send unsolicited e-books, nor review requests for genres that I don't read. However please note that I use a kindle for ebooks, so will
only accept .mobi files, as others won't work, and if I convert other file types there are massive formatting errors normally. 

PDFs that have not been specifically formatted in a way that works properly when converted to .mobi will not be accepted, nor will I accept them to convert myself, as the formatting errors can really detract from the story. 

All my reviews will be posted to Goodreads, Amazon and publicised on my Twitter. 

All reviews on Rachel's Random Reads are 3 Stars or higher. I'm not the sort of person to publicly be negative about your work, as just because I don't like a book, doesn't mean I can't appreciate others will. As a result if I feel I can't give it a 3 Star review, or can't complete the book for whatever reason, I will let whoever supplied the book know privately. 

If after the first 15% (or more) I am not enjoying your book, or can't get into it for whatever reason, then I wont be struggling my way through, as life is far too short to read books that I'm not enjoying, and frankly I always have a massive TBR pile to get through. 

Please also be aware that I am a mood reader, and as a result I'm unlikely to agree to read anything to a specific date unless I have agreed to review for a blog tour. 

When I receive a new book, I always add it to my spreadsheets, and have a separate sheet just for review books. As a result every time I look at that sheet I will be aware that your book is on the list, even if I don't pick it that time to read. It means that  I know I have your book, and I will get to it at some point, so please don't pressure me once I have agreed to read your book. 


  1. Our firm, Bostick Communications, distributes press releases via e-mail for our clients who are authors.  These releases make reviewers, such as yourself, aware of new books that are available for review.
    We would like to add you to that database to receive releases from our clients. 
    You will receive two press releases per week on the average. You select the books you wish to review. You have the opportunity to specify certain genres that you are interested in to reduce the number of releases you receive, if you wish.
    There is no obligation/fees and you may unsubscribe at any time.
    If interested please reply back to us and note the genres you review and the site(s) where you post your reviews.

    Thank you for your time to consider our service.
    Ken Eason
    Bostick Communications

  2. Hi Rachel - Your contact form has been "sending" for a long time, so it's not working for me for some reason. Hope you read this query:

    TurboJetslams: Proof #29 of the Non-Existence of God

    Jass Richards


    fiction, humor

    You ever have a neighbour whose behaviour is so mind-bogglingly inconsiderate and so suicide-inducingly annoying that you just want to ask him, in a polite Canadian way, to please stop?
    TurboJetslams isn’t like that.
    Jass Richards’ new novel, TurboJetslams: Proof #29 of the Non-Existence of God, tells the tale of one person’s pathetic and hilarious attempts to single-handedly stop the destruction of a little piece of beautiful Canadian wilderness by the increasing numbers of idiots who couldn’t care less.
    A quick and entertaining summer read. A perfect cottage-warming gift. Boomer lit. Sure to resonate with paddlers everywhere.


    July-August timeframe preferred


  3. Hi Rachel. I', trying to reach your market with my newest book, "The Dragons of Alsace Farm," and I'd appreciate the opportunity to post a spotlight, an interview, a character interview, or what ever you can fit in. My book is a clean read women's fiction with what may be one of the most unique and lovable characters in the current market--Agnes, an 82-y-o French WWII survivor with dementia. Would love to discuss. Thanks for all you do to help readers and authors connect.

  4. Hello Rachel,
    I am hoping to interest you in reviewing my ghost story "Dead over Heels" (a short 38 pages) published by Frith Books in November of 2016. It is part romance, part  paranormal, part crime (and tad part horror).

    The story follows Veronica who lands a date with Sebastian. On their first meeting, they encounter the ghosts of their past that threaten to tear them apart. The couple decides to face the evil that stands between them--but will they make it out alive?

    Here is the Amazon link in case you would like to check it out:

    I thank you so much for your time and consideration. If you are interested, I can send you a Mobi or ePub file.
    Kindest regards,

  5. Hi Rachel
    I am an indie author, just released my debut novel.
    Is there anyway we can collaborate please?

    My Facebook page is: cameron dawkins writer

    Kind regards


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