About/Policies/Ratings

Hello, my name is Lynne LeGrow (a.k.a. Fictionophile).

I have two major reasons for being a book blogger.

The first is to share my love of reading with others.  Nothing gives me so much pleasure as recommending a title(s) or series, then hearing back from someone that they read it and enjoyed it.  I love how my blog allows me to connect with other book ‘nerds’ and other bookbloggers and readers around the world.

The second reason is selfish. I use my blog as a way of documenting my own reading and to serve as an additional online place where I can share my book reviews.

I do not receive money for my reviews. I review books because I am an avid reader and love to share my thoughts about the books I read. My blog is a labor of love.

Fictionophile Book Review Policy

As of May 15, 2017 I have 132 titles in my review queue, which prohibits me from submitting reviews in a timely manner. For that reason I will no longer be participating in any blog tours as the deadlines they impose seriously affects my review queue.

The ONLY titles I will review are those sent to me directly from a publisher/publicists, or titles from NetGalley or Edelweiss.

I’ve got so many books I’m trying to read and review, I can’t promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.  I do not and cannot review every book I receive, and I can’t accept every review request.

I prefer to review mystery or suspense fiction with psychological thrillers being my absolute favorites.  I will also review historical fiction, women’s fiction or literary fiction.

I DO NOT review fantasy, science fiction, non-fiction, YA titles, or poetry collections.

The novels that I read are given to me in consideration of an honest review (about 95% of which come from NetGalley and Edelweiss).

I no longer accept physical books, only Kindle e-copies.


Fictionophile Blogger Award/Book Tag Policy

Like anyone, I relish any appreciation others might express for my blog.  It is a labor of love after all…  I am grateful for any and all attention my blog receives.

BUT, that being said I wish to state here and now that this blog does NOT participate in blogger awards, blog hops, or other tagging memes.

I have tried this type of venture previously and found that it was just too time consuming and took away from my reading and reviewing time.  I dislike the whole ‘chain letter’ aspect of the awards.  Also, I feel uncomfortable ‘tagging’ others to participate.

 Thanks anyway – but no thanks!

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Fictionophile’s Rating System

Reading time that I treasured. Absolutely just the right book for me at the right time. A book I’d highly recommend.


Reading time well spent. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.


Reading time not begrudged.  This book had many good points, but it was not entirely to my taste. I would recommend this book with a few reservations.


Reading time wasted. This book was not to my taste and I would not recommend it.


Reading time I’ll never get back. I probably did not finish this book. Ugh!booksleaningbar


A little more about me…

I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013.   I am proud to say that I have been pre-approved by eight publishers: Poisoned Pen Press, Legend Press, Midnight Ink, Open Road Media, Severn House, Aria, Red Adept, and Thomas & Mercer for all of their titles offered on NetGalley.

I’m grateful that House of Anansi Press and Endeavor Press have generously opened their fiction catalogues to me.  Also, I am a trusted reviewer for Blackbird Digital Books.

I review titles offered by Edelweiss.

I have participated in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.

I have submitted reviews to the online mystery magazine, Gumshoe Review.

I write guest posts for the Mystery & Crime Thrillers blog who sometimes provide me with digital ARCs for review.

I post book reviews on Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and GoodReads.   I have ‘Top Reviewer’ status on Amazon and I am a GoodReads librarian.

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Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada.

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles.  I am the proud mother of two adult children.  I love to read, and my favorite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for classic literature and historical fiction.

You can contact me by email:  fictionophile@gmail.com

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56 Responses to About/Policies/Ratings

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  2. Hi Lynne,

    It’s so nice to come across book bloggers who do it just for their love of books.

    It’s great to see that you love psychological thrillers too. They’re my favourite. Have you read any Dan Carter books? They can be a bit gruesome but they are definitely worth the read!

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to keeping up to date with your blog 🙂

    Paige

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  4. Gastradamus says:

    I like your blog. I’m a great writer who needs publicity. We are looking for partners. My stories are short and your feedback would be incredible. With the right marketing and people, this stuff I write about is going places. Please when you can, stop on by at Gastradamus and board the train so we can make money together

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  5. Robbie Pink says:

    Hi, Lynne,
    Thank you so much for the follow!
    I was reading your review guidelines, I think I need to implement something similar. I am getting swamped! Though I will admit, as an avid reader, it is a nice conundrum!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Robbie
    (aka RobbyeFaye, aka Robbye)

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Hi Robbie. I just checked out your ‘about’ page and see that you chose to not post any review guidelines. How do you handle review requests? Even with my guidelines I receive 2-3 daily. Impossible to manage…

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  6. Hi Lynne. It’s nice to meet you. Thanks so much for the follow. You have a great blog here! 🙂

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  8. Annika Perry says:

    Lynne, this is an impressive list of reviewing – I hadn’t even heard of Netgalley in 2013 and didn’t realise they’ve been around so long. Your wonderful enjoyment of books is self-evident in your about and it’s great when you can share that further by reviewing books for a larger audience. Lovely to ‘meet’ you! 😀

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  10. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you, Lynne.

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  13. Sarah says:

    Aw, very nice blog you have! I’m glad I found it in the big web of the internet, haha. I’ll be sure to read more of your posts; the last review I just read was fantastic!

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  14. helenajrae says:

    Hi Lynne! Thanks for the follow. I’m new to blogging so it means a lot to have such a prolific reader/review follow me! I think we have similar tastes in reading (but I also read tonnes of ‘middlebrow’ early-mid 20th) so your recommendations page will be helpful. And I’m with you about covers! I’m a sucker for a gorgeous one. 🙂

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  15. D.M. Barr says:

    Hi Lynne:

    My psychological thriller, Expired Listings, was available via NetGalley but I don’t think you caught it at the time. I know you like to promote debut authors. The novel received a great review on Kirkus and on Amazon, 90% of the 79 reviews are 4- and 5-star. If you would like to review, please let me know and I’ll get you a copy in whatever format you prefer.

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  16. aiharun says:

    Hi Lynne. Your blog is great. Thanks for following mine. 😊

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  19. sheldonk2014 says:

    Thank you for visiting
    See you on the other side of creativity
    As always Sheldon

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  21. You’re an inspiration! ^_^

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  22. Spocki says:

    Thanks for following Spocki’s World. How do you find time to read blogs on top of reading and reviewing all these books? Amazing. 🙂

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  23. Wonderful site – I will recommend to my friends!

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  24. Jasmine says:

    wow, you are a busy lady 🙂 Love your profile!

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  26. pibarrington says:

    Your credentials are pretty impressive! Currently I am with a small Canadian publishing house (First Realm Publishing) that I just love and am tying desperately to finish book two of my series, The Brede Chronicles. When I find my books (moved across the US from California, lol) I’ll try to send you one if you have a spare second.
    Lovely blog, concise and helpful as well as great design!
    Patti

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  27. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi Lynne! Thanks for the follow. Am looking forward to exploring yours. Pleased to meet you, Marina

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  28. Hi Lynne,

    You sound like a busy woman so thanks for following our wee blog.

    Shoko and Kali

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  29. KamilaRose says:

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for following my blog! I hope you will enjoy all of my future posts.
    I’m looking forward to reading yours! 🙂

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  30. bookworm1102 says:

    Hi Lynne. I really love your blog, so much so that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award
    https://bookworm1102.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/sunshine-blogger-award/

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Like anyone, I relish any appreciation others might express for my blog. It is a labor of love after all… I am grateful for any and all attention my blog receives.
      That being said, I respectfully decline your offer. I have added a new policy to my ‘About’ page to explain my feelings on this matter.

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  31. Hi Lynne! Thanks for choosing to follow Puddletown Reviews. Enjoyed perusing your blog. Lots of good reading to be found here.

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  34. Prince Rasta says:

    Hi,

    I visit your blogs and read some parts of it and thought you made some really great points. If you have a chance, please read and review my book if you are interested, titled ” Enter The Monkey”. Enter The Monkey is an exquisitely and often painfully soul-baring true life story. I think it might be of interest to your readers.If you do please let me know.

    Thanks,

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  35. Hi Lynne! I nominated you and your beautiful blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award 🙂 ❤

    https://jenacidebybibliophile.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

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  36. Nanci McGraw says:

    Hi Lynne, NOVA SCOTIA… Catalogue Librarian.. wow. Your life sounds “idyllic”.

    Interested in reading & reviewing this genre in your spare time? Mystery/sci-fi/thriller/humorous yes, all that. no hype. I’d be verrry interested in how YOU would classify this one.
    It’s a new book getting top reviews on Amazon? You’ll be glad I asked.
    *ANIMAL FUTURE*, #1 in series, a creative collaboration by my husband and oldest son, Robert and Darrin McGraw both LIFETIME CREATIVES AND avid readers plus maverick and versatile writers! -Check–it–out: Avail: Amazon —-> http://bookshow.me/B00PZL40WS

    Proud wife & mom; I’m the publishing “mktng dept”,
    Email me: nanci@nanci.org and let’s connect
    ================#####====================
    FYI Feedback on Amazon:
    –“It’s a winner. You won’t be disappointed. …I hardly put the book down and didn’t get anything read in my other books until after finishing this one. Very well written. I give it five stars and can’t wait for the sequel.”

    –“There’s action, drama, secrets, mystery and adventure. There were parts that made me laugh and others that made me think…. I couldn’t put it down and needed to know how it ended. http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/2015/

    –“…a different kind of sci-fi book,very cleverly plotted out and written with humor and imagination.”
    ——————-&&&&&———————-

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  37. Lisa Munley says:

    Hi Lynne, I’d love to speak to you but can’t find contact information on your blog. Please email me at lisamunley@ca.rr.com. Thanks!

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  38. Barb Foulds says:

    I am in the blog. Thanks Lynne . Barb

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