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  NetGalley, and these links are then shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ and post the picture of these books on our Instagram account

Types Of Books We Accept:

  • Novels
  • Novellas
  • Anthologies
  • Short-stories
  • Comics
  • Graphic Novels
  • Illustrated Books

Formats We Love & Accept:

  • Physical books
  • Audiobooks
  • Ebooks – Mobi (Kindle)

Genres We Entertain:

  • Action | Adventure
  • Apocalyptic | Post-Apocalyptic
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Cozy Mysteries
  • Dark Fiction
  • Dystopian Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • High Fantasy
  • Historical fiction*
  • Humour
  • Memoirs*
  • Mystery | Thriller | Psychological Thriller
  • New Adult Fiction*
  • Non-fiction*
  • Romance*
  • Science-Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Steampunk
  • Urban Fantasy
  • 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 an 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

★★★ + 1/2   



Good but average

 ★★ + 1/2



Not for me



We would appreciate if you’d respect our opinions and views for 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:

  • Author Interview
  • Character Interview
  • Audiobook Narrator Interview
  • Cover Reveal
  • Book Spotlight
  • Author Spotlight
  • Series Spotlight
  • Guest Post

Contact Information:

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:

Review Request Form

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

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