Frequently Asked Questions

About the Blog

Where does “Bookwyrm Bites” come from?
You may have come across the term “bookwyrm” – a more interesting version of “bookworm” (and the reason I use flames as my rating system). The second part is a play on devouring books, a subtle warning that my reviews can be quite blunt, and a reference to my interest in literary-inspired recipes. Also, alliteration is alluring.

How did you get interested in book blogging?
I’ve experimented with blogging for years, and while I enjoy the design/coding aspects, it took a while for me to figure out what I wanted to write about. Then I discovered book blogging, and since I’ve been posting Goodreads reviews for years, I figured it could be a good fit.

Is there only one blogger?
For the moment, it’s just me, Isabelle. But I’m definitely open to collaboration (including guest posts and author interviews) and all that cool stuff eventually, once I get a better idea of how this book blog thing works.

About My Reviews

How do you rate books?
The short version is that I use the Goodreads-standard 5-point system, based entirely on how much I personally enjoyed the book. (You can check out my rating system page for more details!)

Can you explain your tags?
My general tags: the author’s name, my rating, series (if applicable), publication year, genre(s), diversity/representation, and content warnings. (See all the tags I use here.)

If you’d like to see a different category (length, average Goodreads/Amazon rating, etc) or subcategory (content warning for animal abuse, etc) just let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate you in future reviews.

Do you review every book you read?
For the most part, yes! With the exception of dry reference books and textbooks, I’ll write up my thoughts as soon as I finish the book. That said, some books might only get a passing mention in a monthly reflection, or be bundled into a mini-reviews post.

Do you take review requests?
Please see my review policy for more details.

About Me as a Reader

What do you like to read? / What’s your favorite book?
I gravitate towards YA, fantasy/sci-fi, historical fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, but really I’ll read anything that sounds interesting — especially if it has decent reviews on Goodreads.

My go-to “favorite” book is Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, which I do genuinely adore and which I feel represents my taste in books pretty well, but there are so many equally good books out there, so I’ll refer you to my Favorites shelf on Goodreads.

How do you read so many books?
I always bring my Kindle with me and read whenever I can — on the bus, in the car (when someone else is driving), waiting for an event/class to start, while eating alone, before bed. Additionally, I’m constantly borrowing new books from my local library, entering giveaways, and looking at ARC descriptions so I never run out of things to read.

Do you write fiction?
“Author” has actually been my dream job since I figured out what the word meant. Though I’m not currently working on getting published, I’ve collected some short stories and poetry over the years, as well as half-finished novels (some of which were NaNoWriMo projects) and do still work on my original works when I get a chance.

If you have any questions not answered here, please feel free to contact me!

Last updated January 19, 2019