Review Policy


At The Reading Bud (TRB) we believe in honestly reviewing the books we receive. All the reviews posted on The Reading Bud’s Blog are cross-posted on Goodreads and Amazon and if applicable NetGalley, Book Sirens, Reedsy, etc. and these links are then shared on Twitter and Facebook.
We also post videos and photos of books and reviews on our Instagram account – @CrazyCatWrite

We read all types of books including but not limited to novels, novellas, anthologies, short stories, comics & graphic, and illustrated books and we read all formats of books such as physical books, audiobooks and e-books – Mobi, PDF & Epub.

Genres We Entertain

Action | AdventureDystopian FictionMemoirs*Science-Fiction
Apocalyptic | Post-ApocalypticFantasyMystery | Thriller | Psychological ThrillerSpeculative Fiction
Contemporary FictionHigh FantasyNew Adult Fiction*Steampunk
Cozy MysteriesHistorical fiction*Non-fiction*Urban Fantasy
Dark FictionHumourRomance*Young Adult Fiction

TRB’s Reviews Include

  • Book cover
  • Book details (author, release date, series, publisher, pages.)
  • Blurb (the one on Goodreads)
  • Rating (as per Goodreads rating system)
  • Review  (reviewer’s honest thoughts about the book.)
  • Other details (review links for Goodreads and Amazon, purchase links on Amazon, Memorable quotes, and paragraphs, etc.)

As soon as the review is published on The Reading Bud, all the review links will be emailed to you ASAP (a day or two max.) We take around 2 weeks to respond to the review inquiries (we reply even if your request has been rejected.) If we don’t get back to you within 3 weeks of sending the query, kindly drop a reminder to check with us because our inbox is always loaded with queries and it’s easy to lose emails.)

Star Rating System

Our rating system is pretty simple and, needless to say) as per our own guidelines. Our reviews are never affected by any other factors, or for that matter, someone else’s opinion. If we loved a book that is otherwise not a best seller, we would still give it 4 or 5 stars (accordingly.) On the other hand, if we have a best-selling book that we did not enjoy, we really won’t hesitate giving it 1 or 2 stars.

★★★★★Loved it!
★★★★ + 1/2 Really liked it
★★★★   Liked it
★★★ + 1/2Very Good
★★★ Good
★★ + 1/2Okay-Okay
★★Not for me

TRB Star Rating System

We would appreciate it if you’d respect our opinions and views on all the books we review. But at the same time, we respect and value your opinions and suggestions.

T&C and Disclaimer

  1. The reviews can be as long or as short as the reviewer wants. However, we won’t be writing any review in less than 4 lines unless it’s a DNF.
  2. Our reviews are honest and all the views in every review are that of the reviewer.
  3. The admin has the right to allocate any book sent to TRB to any of the review-contributors.
  4. The reviews posted on The Reading Bud will also be cross-posted on Goodreads and Amazon, no matter what rating the book gets from the reviewer, and all these links will be posted on TRB’s Facebook & Twitter.
  5. We reserve the right to decline your request.
We put a lot of effort into our reviews so please make sure to share the review links on your social media when we review your book.

Book Promotion

At TRB, we have a separate section named TRB Lounge dedicated to promoting books. It includes the following features:

  • Video Interview for YouTube Channel – Author Talk Series
  • Podcast Interview – Coffee Conversations
  • Videos – Review Videos, Reels, Shorts, Unboxing, Book-Mails, Book Showcase Videos, etc.
  • Author Interview on the blog
  • Character Interview
  • Audiobook Narrator Interview
  • Cover Reveal
  • Book Spotlight
  • Author Spotlight
  • Series Spotlight
  • Guest Post
  • Sidebar Ad

Contact Information & Review Request Form

If you want us to review your book(s), or have any other questions, you can email us at directly or fill out the request form below:

TRB does not support authors who react poorly to negative reviews. So, please don’t.

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