Blog Dictionary

A general literary dictionary for some terms often used on this website as well as some information on where I get my books!

Age Groups

I classify books by certain age groups, and these age groups can be found in the tags at the bottom of a review. I read and review books from all age groups. Age groups do not necessarily mean a book is more or less mature, it is simply a guideline for the types of plot lines encountered in the story based on the age of the main character.

Children: Ages 0-11
Middle Grade: Ages 8-12
Young Adult: Ages 13-21
New Adult: Ages 18-20
Adult: Ages 21+

Source Terms

On every review I list the “source” for where and how I obtained my review copy of the book.

ARC: Short for Advanced Reader Copy, a book that I was given by the author or publisher before the book’s publication date. ARCs can sometimes be different from the final release version, so comments about grammar and editing should be taken lightly. I try to write and post the review not long after publication date, if not before, but it depends on my schedule.
Blog Tour: A book received for review as part of a blog tour, a promotional event used to generate interest in a book or author.
Blogging For Books: Books that I obtain from publishers through Blogging For Books. (Learn More)
Borrowed: Books borrowed from a friend or family member.
Edelweiss: Books that I obtained from publishers through Edelweiss. (Learn More)
First to Read: Books that I obtained through Penguin’s First to Read program. (Learn More)
For Class: A book that I pick up and read for class.
Free: Books that are permanently free online via websites like Amazon.
Free Promotion: Books that I picked up during a limited free promotion, usually on Amazon.
Gift: Books that I received as a gift from friends and family.
Giveaway: A book that I won from various blog giveaways.
Goodreads First Reads: Books that I won from Goodreads’ First Reads program. (Learn More)
HumbleBundle: Books purchased as part of a charity bundle. (Learn More)
instaFreebie: A book obtained through giveaways on instaFreebie. (Learn More)
Kindle First: Advanced copy books obtained through Amazon’s Kindle First program. (Learn More)
Kindle for Samsung: Books obtained by the Kindle for Samsung app.
Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: Books that I obtain from Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. (Learn More)
Library: Book borrowed from my local library.
Mailing List: A book obtained from a mailing list.
NetGalley: Books that I obtain from publishers through NetGalley. (Learn More)
Prime Reading: Books that I obtain from Amazon’s Prime Reading program. (Learn More)
Project Gutenberg: Books obtained from Project Gutenberg, the oldest digital library that seeks to digitize free books online. (Learn More)
Public Domain: Classic books that are permanently free to the public. Free versions can usually be found on Amazon and Project Gutenberg. I mark down public domain books in the publisher line.
Purchased: A book that I purchased.
Review Request: Books that are given to me for free from an author or publisher specifically for a review, also includes invitations with auto approval sent to me via NetGalley.
Review Team: Books obtained directly from authors as part of their review team.
StoryBundle: Books purchased as part of a charity bundle, mostly features indie authors. (Learn More)
Tor Book Club: Books obtained from’s eBook of the Month Club. (Learn More)


I try to be thorough when I tag romance novels and you will find that all romance book reviews will contain several of these tags. I am very particular about these tags, as I know some can be very specific in their personal tastes or be sensitive to certain themes. I also put warnings at the bottom of the review if there is more sensitive content.

Romance: Any book where romance is a somewhat important aspect to the story. May not be a traditional romance book.
Contemporary Romance: Set in the present day.
Historical Romance: Set in any period of history.
Regency: A historical romance taking place in the regency period. Much like the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, is usually characterized by witty dialogue and little to no sexual content.
Regency Historical: Usually set in the regency period and takes many themes from the regency genre, but has deviated in style. Often contains some sexual content or at least one sex scene. Usually more contemporary works and can sometimes contain more modern characters and themes in a historical setting.
Clean Romance: Contains no sex scenes and very little, if any, mentions of sexual desire.
Erotic Romance: Contains at least one sex scene. Sex may be a major focus but usually focuses more on the love aspect.
Erotica: Focuses very heavily on sex, sometimes contains romance but it is not the central focus.
LGBTQ: Contains one or more characters that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans.
BDSM: Contains bondage, dominance/submission, or sadomasochism. (For more information, click here)