Welcome to Among the Reads!
My name is Phyllis. I am an avid reader and hope to help you discover new reading treasures.
I am a follower of Jesus but do not limit my books to those written by Christians or with Christian themes. I will only list the Christian genre for a book if it has a clear Christian theme. (There are actually a number of my favorite authors who are Mormons, but because they don’t have Mormon doctrine in their books, I continue to read and recommend them.) For more information on how I assign a genre (or specifically, how I define a Christian genre), visit my page with genre descriptions.
While I read a very large variety of genres, I am particular about the books I read. The genres I enjoy include: clean romance, chick lit, action and adventure, suspense, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, historical, dystopian, paranormal. I enjoy books written for young adults as well as grown-ups (as long as that means they are not beyond PG-13 rating). I do not, however, like to read books that have bad language, are violent or gory, or give details of intimate actions that should be kept private. I am not a fan of books that have disturbing endings (or middles or beginnings, actually), don’t read books about zombies, witches or vampires.
While I may review books here that were given to me so I will review them, I still give each book an honest review. If the book I have reviewed is one that was given to me in exchange for a review, I will be sure to let you know.
I will also indicate whether a book is appropriate for a younger audience (would I want my young nieces reading it?). I will also note in the review things like how “clean” a book is regarding language, intimacy, drinking, and violence.
I also want to keep the tone of the blog positive, so I will only post reviews of 3 stars or more. If I read a book that doesn’t justify that rating, I will either not review it here at all (you’ll have to look on Goodreads to see those ratings of mine), or will have a page you can go to that will briefly give the author’s name with a brief note why I won’t read those books. That way if you are wondering if an author is one you might want to try, you can look there to see my thoughts.
You can expect to see new posts coming out on a frequent basis, most likely at least one per day. I tend to read a ton, and will post reviews on a regular basis. I also have a huge backlog of books I have reviewed on other platforms that I plan on reviewing here.
In addition to reviews, I will let you know when I find out that books by my favorite authors will be going on sale or when new releases are coming out. I will also post author bios and character and book sketches.
I do have various links to Amazon and other retailers here. I am an affiliate and will get a tiny commission if you purchase using those links. While I don’t expect that this will pay my mortgage, I am hoping to at least make enough through those links to pay for my website expenses. Feel free to use them to shop around.
I’d love to hear from you about what you would like to see on this site. Thank you for taking the time to visit.
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