As you’ve seen from some of my previous book review posts, I’ve been given the opportunity to read a few ARC (advance reader copies) of several books over the past couple years. For some of them, I was asked by the author to read and review. However, a few months back I received a message on Goodreads extending an invitation for me to join a site called BookSirens, and after doing some research into it, I decided to join. And if you enjoy reading and reviewing books, you should consider joining too!
On BookSirens, authors can post their books in order to obtain reviews on various sites like Amazon, Goodreads, and others. Readers can join (for free!) and review the books (again, for free!) that are posted. There are thousands of books available, from all sorts of genres, and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve read so far! Some of them have been better than others, naturally, but I’ve been able to read some great works for free!
The amount of time you’re given to read a book varies depending on the length of it. I’ve recently downloaded a few books that are under 200 pages, and I was given 60 days to read each book and review it. For longer books, you’re given a longer time period. I haven’t had any issues completing a book in the allotted time, but it is something to be mindful of, just in case.
From my experience so far, most authors prefer reviews on Amazon, but you can cross post your reviews to other sites like Goodreads, Bookbub (which I’ve never heard of) or any other site you would like, such as a personal blog. The review process is incredibly easy, as well. Once you choose a book, you can either have it sent directly to your Kindle (I just use the app on my iPhone or iPad), or you can download it in other formats. A link is sent to your email address and you can redownload if needed, or leave your feedback once you’ve finished the book! The site makes it easy to copy and paste your review across multiple sites, as I mentioned before.
All in all, I’ve had a great experience so far with the site and have enjoyed finding new books to read. If you’re an avid reader like me, and like the idea of helping out authors by leaving reviews, you should consider joining BookSirens too!