About Me/Review Policy

A little bit about me

I love books and I love reading! I started my blog as a work related, training project. Then it morphed into a blog about the books I have read. And now authors are asking me to read their books!! How awesome is that?

I have a lot of books on my TBR review list. Feel free to contact me regarding your book. I will seriously consider it but with all the great books out there and the size of my review list, I can't promise that I will be able to offer a review. So many books, so little time! 

Here's some information about the books I like and don't like. I mainly read contemporary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, southern fiction, and some chick-lit. I don't read erotica or books about vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Most non-fiction does not interest me, although I will make exceptions if it's the right subject. 

I won't agree to read and review a book if the synopsis does not appeal to me. There are just too many books out there to spend time on ones that I'm probably not going to enjoy.

If you send me your book without contacting me first to see if I would be interested, I cannot guarantee that your book will be reviewed. Books received that I am not able to review will be used as giveaways on my site. That being said, if you still want to send me a review copy, I will happily accept it. I'm also willing to accept an e-book for my Kindle.

Book Spotlights

I know there are a ton of books out there that are very popular but are not the genres that I like to read. I am willing to consider posting a Book Spotlight for your book as long as you are willing to give at least one copy (print or e-book) for a giveaway. Examples of what my Book Spotlights contain can be found by searching my blog. The book has to be something that I would be comfortable featuring on my blog, so that means I have the right to not accept a book for a Book Spotlight.


I love receiving books! And I love giving books away to my followers. I would love it if you would donate a copy of your book to pass along to them. Thank you!

Author Posts 

I am not a great interviewer so I don't feature interviews here. What I prefer to do is to ask a question that I like authors to respond to. Let me know if you are up for that. Here's the question ~
I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me. When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?
I'm also open to posting interview questions and answers provided by the author.

Contact me via email (susanthebookbag@)gmail.com) or by leaving a comment below to submit your book for review consideration or a book spotlight feature. 

I love supporting authors
and the wonderful works you create.


  1. Nice to read your blog whose title reminds of the story by my favorite author Somerset Maugham http://nonsuchbook.typepad.com/nonsuch_book/2009/02/short-story-sunday-the-book-bag-by-w-somerset-maugham.html

  2. Hi! I couldn't get your email to work so, here goes... I have a paranormal romance/dystopia Ethereal Fury- Gemini Rising #1, I would love for you to review! If so, please respond. My blurb, links and a few quotes are below!

    BLURB: Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

    “Too often we find ourselves reading books we swore we’ve already read because people keep recycling plot ideas, character themes, and general settings. I’m glad to see this author decided to step out of that phase and write something so different and unique.” -Amazon reviewer

    “Jessica O' Gorek spins a thick web that captures readers and consumes them into the fantasy she creates in her new book Gemini Rising Ethereal Fury.” - Stacie Theis

    “Jessica is an accomplished writer, her character development, style and flow of the story she told is as good as any best-selling author. It was impeccable.” – Julie Darley

    “Whoa! I was so shocked by this book! Before reading it I knew that it wasn't going to be your typical paranormal book. But it was so different and I mean different in an awesome way. This book was unlike anything I've EVER read before!!!” – Sharon David

    “To say that I enjoyed Gemini Rising would be an understatement. I found myself drawn into the tangled web of the story and held tight on the edge of my seat!” – Lee Ryder


  3. Good luck with your challenge to read 100 books! Awesome.

  4. Hi Susan, I tweeted to you re the problem I had with the email! Hope you got it. Am happy to answer your question, too! :)

  5. Have you read
    Sands of time a collection of thought provoking stories.
    By Beatrice C Snipp yet.


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