Review Policy

I am happy to read and review books for publishers, but I would appreciate you reading my guidelines before sending me a request via email.

I am happy to consider books of any genre for review, but I am more likely to consider books that fall into one of the following categories:


  • classics or “forgotten classics”, such as those from Persephone Books, Virago Modern Classics, etcetera.
  • literature written by women, authors from countries other than Europe or North America, or POC: I try to make a conscious effort to include books from authors who have been marginalised in the traditional canon/world of literature.
  • (European) literature in translation: As much as I love English literature, I enjoy reading books from different countries that were originally written in translation. [Note: Each year I host a “Month of Dutch Literature” on the blog, so if you write, translated, publish a work translated from the Dutch, I’d love to receive information].
  • Young Adult: I love Young Adult books, particularly books exploring dystopian societies, but also paranormal, fantasy, or “contemporary” Young Adult that deal with complicated issues and isn’t afraid to discuss them. Additionally, I enjoy Young Adult books about music.
Non Fiction:
  • History: In particular nineteenth or twentieth century history. My favourite topics cross-reference gender studies, European history, (post)colonialism, and literature.
  • Literature: What reader would dislike a book on literature or reading?
  • Gender: Both more theoretical works and case studies.
  • Religion/Culture: in particular cross cultural or interreligious encounters. Please note that I am not a religious or Christian person myself, and so will not accept spiritual self-help or guide books for review. I do however enjoy learning about different lifestyles, and perspectives on religion, as well as lived religion.
  • Music: I am not an expert on music, but I do enjoy listening to bands and finding out more about the meaning of music to individuals, several developments in pop/rock/alternative music, and sometimes band biographies.
  • (Auto)biography and memoirs: I enjoy this genre, but understandably I am selective when it comes to which topics these books tackle. I am more likely to be interested in a memoir or biography that is related to one of the above topics.

I do not, at this time, accept self-published books for review.

You can contact me by sending an email to irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com, or by clicking the email icon in the sidebar. You could also send me some information through twitter, but I am likely to ask for an email if I’m interested.

What can you expect if you send me a review copy?

If I accept a book for review, I will read it. Please note that I cannot always guarantee that I will post about a book on its release date. If you want me to post on a book within a certain time, please tell me in your email so I can give you an honest answer as to if this is possible. Also, while I do read all review books that I receive, I would like to note that it is possible I do not like it enough to finish reading. In that case, I either write a DNF post or email the author or publisher to let them know why I couldn’t finish a book and where they’d like to go from here.

I would also like to note that I in no way claim to be a professional reviewer. My posts are more personal reflections than reviews, and sometimes refer to personal experiences or previously read books. I always try to give constructive arguments for why I did, or did not, like a book. If I did not like a book, I will not lie about it, and so I might post a negative review. However, I do try to note why the book did not work for me, and for whom it might work, so as to give readers an opportunity to decide whether this is a book for them or not. If you want to get a general idea of my style of posts, feel free to browse my blog.

This blog is my main page, and when a review appears I will publish it on twitter and facebook. I also have a GoodReads, as well as a LibraryThing, account, so if you would like me to cross-post to these sites, please let me know.

If I have received a book for review, the post about the book will state where I have gotten the book from. If a post does not include a statement on where the book is from, I have either bought it, or have it on loan from a friend or the library.

One thought on “Review Policy

  1. Nicci Praca

    Hi Iris,

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