Updated March 2021
This blog is newish (February 2020), but I’ve been an avid reader/listener since I was born. Awesome people in my life read to me until I could do it for myself and then I began to devour books. I was also a big fan of books on tape (it’s not nice to ask a girl her age!), then on CD, and now digitally.
I discovered goodreads in 2013, but really started making a concerted effort to write reviews and better utilize their “bookshelves” system in 2018.
I started receiving review copies of books (audiobooks mostly) in 2019 and wanted a better/easier place to share my thoughts.
You can currently search by author, narrator, trope/theme, and my ultimate goal is to create something dynamic enough to select a mix of any of the above. There is a search bar here if you have something specific you’re looking for. Frankly, it’s for me, not you – but perhaps you’ll find it useful too.
I do accept requests from authors, narrators, & publishers to review their books/audiobooks.
Please contact me here. I only do a few review copies a month – so I can chat with you about my timetable. At this time, I do not participate in organized blog tours, cover reveals, or any other scheduled events. Due to a chronic illness (see below) it’s just not a commitment I’m willing to make. Thank you!
Is Rellim really your name?
Why don’t you use your real name?
I read/listen to fiction & non-fiction books in a LOT of different genres including: military, dystopia, mystery, suspense, biographies, YA, NA, erotica, BDSM, MM, MMF, MFM, mpreg, aliens, shifter, etc. These things can upset people and I found, when I was sharing things with all my social media “friends” that someone always had something judgy to say about what I was reading/listening to. I want to write/review without feeling like I have to sensor my thoughts or reading list.
What do all those acronyms mean? &/or I’ve never heard of those genres.
I’m working on I gave up on creating an Acronym/shorthand page. For now you’ll have to Google. I did create a somewhat coherent trope/theme page. Go me!
If you started in 2020 why are some of your reviews dated from years ago?
I have this thing where I often remember what I read/listened to based on what was going on in my life at that time and filing things by the date read allows me to narrow down my searches. Sometimes. (Remember when I said this blog was more for me than you?)
Why are your reviews mostly positive?
I don’t really enjoy spending my time reading/listening to stuff I don’t like. I’m also not thrilled by trashing an author or narrator. Especially with review copies, there’s already something about it I usually like: an author, narrator, or genre. I don’t request or agree to review outside my interests.
Then why are there negative reviews on your blog?
Sometimes it just doesn’t work for me. I try to keep things as positive as possible. Also, my negatives may be someone else’s positive. There’s been plenty of times that I’ve read someone’s “I don’t like this book because…” and I think, “That’s why I’m here!”
You have thousands of books on your goodreads shelves but only a few hundred on your blog, why?
My primary goal is to write new reviews and post them as soon as I finish a book/audiobook. My secondary goal is to begin cleaning up and moving old reviews over. Somewhat concurrent to that is writing reviews for books that I’ve finished but never reviewed previously. It’s going to take a while.
Are you an affiliate?
No. I might do that in the future, and if I do I’ll make it perfectly clear, but at this time I’m super happy with just a regular ol’ blog. Any links provided are usually to the author’s page about the book/series. Sometimes it’s directly to the place I purchased it if there wasn’t a handy generic link available elsewhere. The except being IN a review. then I’m usually pointing to another spot within the blog.
Are you on social media?
Yes, but not a whole lot. I’m a wife, mother, volunteer, and work part time. So it’s mostly me posting reviews and
stalking following authors & narrators I love. I’m not out to build an empire here.
I’ve seen you mention a chronic illness, are you asking for help?
I do have a chronic illness that has become somewhat debilitating and hard to treat in the last few years. What it means is that I have a LOT of time to read & listen to books. It also means that my posts can come in blasts when I’m up to getting on the computer to post.
I am not currently nor will I ever reach out to folks for help from Rellim Reads accounts. We are very fortunate to have amazing health insurance, steady income, and a strong personal support system. Please be aware that I will never use this page or its connections to contact folks publicly or privately asking for donations. If you get something like that from my accounts – it’s a scammer. Please let me know so I can report them.
Here’s where you can find me:
I’m also on Book Bub, but alas there’s no widget.