Review Policy

Hi, I am Rekha and Welcome to my book blog – The Book Decoder. I started my book blog under the name on 31st May 2018. In September 2018, I moved to my own domain and changed the name of my blog to The Book Decoder. Apart from reading books,  my other hobbies include painting (oil on canvas), photography, travel and gardening.


Reviewing a book


I usually prefer to write the synopsis on my own rather than copying the Book Blurb. Unless mentioned as Book Blurb, the first (few) paragraph(s) is the synopsis.


I understand that authors have feelings too, after all, they too are human beings! So, I will try to be honest and unbiased in my reviews but at the same time, I am not going to demote or harshly criticize a book. If I do not like a book, I will not rate it. This rule is applicable only if my rating is 2 or below,


I post my reviews here and on I also share my review links on twitter. The books that I review are either my own, borrowed from Kindle Unlimited or an ARC from NetGalley or author.


If you are an author and you want me to review your book, please use the contact form to mail me the blurb of your book. Please do not send the book until I reply. I accept ebooks as well as paperbacks. I will be charging a nominal fee for author requested reviews. Charging does not guarantee a 5-star rating. My review will still be honest and to-the-point.


I am also open to blog tours, exclusive interviews, and other literary events. Apart from book reviews and blog tours, I also beta read and edit books. If you want me to beta read your book or if you want some editorial services, please use the contact form to get in touch with me.


Genres of books I love to read


Mystery, Thriller and Crime, General Fiction, Humor, and Cozy Mysteries.

I am choosy when it comes to biographies, memoirs and fantasy fiction. Although they are not my favourite genre, I love to read a few as long as I find the story interesting.



Genres that I will not read


Fantasy Fiction that involves magic, zombies, and whatnot!

Books that hurt religious sentiments or make hurtful comments on race or creed.

Books that depict horror or abuse of any kind.


Rating Policy


I usually consider the following points while reviewing a book :

  • Author’s writing style
  • Character development
  • Concepts and development of ideas (plot to story)
  • Ending (convincing or more work needed?)

And according to the above-mentioned points, my rating is further divided into four parts :

  • Writing/Language
  • Plot/Story
  • Character Development
  • Ending

Keeping these four points in mind, I will give an overall rating (which is usually an average of the above four).

Featured Reviews:


A couple of my reviews are featured on the product description page of retailer sites :

As My Tiny Bookshelf ( my blog was initially called mytinybookshelf.wordpress before I moved to my own domain)

Lestrade and the Giant Rat of Sumatra by M.J.Trow

“The quirky humor steals the show! I love the author’s style of writing. A must read for all those who love to have a good laugh and love a good detective story”

Three Men and Their Bikes by Richard Mapes

“The book is a delightful read.”


As The Book Decoder

In Servitude by Heleen Kist

“The suspense is mind-blowing. (5*)”