Hello, my name is Lynne
(a.k.a. Fictionophile)

all writing published on this blog is my own and is ©Fictionophile

I have two major reasons for being a book blogger.

The first is to share my love of reading with others.  Nothing gives me so much pleasure as recommending a title(s) or series, then hearing back from someone that they read it and enjoyed it.  I love how my blog allows me to connect with other book ‘nerds’ and other bookbloggers and readers from around the world.

The second reason is selfish. I use my blog as a way of documenting my own reading and to serve as an additional online place where I can share my opinions about the books I read.

Although I often include purchase links in my blog posts, I do not have any affiliations with any bookseller, nor do I receive any remuneration from them.

I do not receive money for my reviews, and my blog is not remunerated in any way.  I review books because I am an avid reader and love to share my thoughts about the books I read. My blog is a labour of love.  I feel that the lack of remuneration for my reviews holds the key to their honesty. I would not like to be paid to do this hobby of mine, as I would then feel beholden to always review positively.

I grew up only 30 km from the lighthouse in my header picture.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources including: publishers, publicists, authors, NetGalley, and Edelweiss. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation.

The opinions shared on Fictionophile are my own entirely.

I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013.   I am proud to say that I have been pre-approved by nine publishers: Amazon Publishing UKPoisoned Pen Press, Legend Press, Midnight Ink, Severn House, Aria, BooksGoSocial, Unbound, and Thomas & Mercer for all of their titles offered on NetGalley.

I’m grateful that House of Anansi Press and Endeavor Press have generously opened their fiction catalogues to me.  Also, I am a trusted reviewer for Blackbird Digital Books, Head of ZeusThistle Publishing, and Orenda Books.

I review titles offered by Edelweiss.

and I am the moderator of the Goodreads group for Edelweiss Reviewers.

I have participated in blog tours with TLC Book Tours as well as those hosted by Random Things Tours, Rachel’s Random Resources, BOTBSPublicity, and Damppebbles blog tours.

I have submitted reviews to the online mystery magazine, Gumshoe Review.

I post book reviews on Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and GoodReads.   I have ‘Top Reviewer’ status on Amazon and I am a GoodReads librarian.

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Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada.

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, doing word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles.  I am the proud mother of two adult children and have one darling toddler grandson.  I love to read, and my favourite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for classic literature, historical and literary fiction.

You can contact me by email:  fictionophile@gmail.com



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85 Responses to About

  1. Lokeish Umak says:

    What a lovely blog you have created and I am impressed with your writing style. I am also a regular reader and still enjoying reading. Would you mind writing a blog post for LEKH Magazine? My blog has international traffic and writers who contribute to my publication. By doing a guest post drive traffic to your blog blogs. I hope it would be beneficial for both of us. Read our submission guidelines here https://lekh.co/submission

    Let me know what do you think for this offer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


  2. Tina Pritchard says:

    Thank you you Lynne for your wonderful review of The Sea Glass Beach. I must admit to level of trepidation when I saw you were from Nova Scotia! I’m so pleased you enjoyed Roisins’s journey and thanks once again.

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  4. Klausbernd says:

    As a bestselling author and editor I got masses of books as well – although I am retired now. I keep a diary about my reading, meaning that I write about every book after I have read it a couple of sentences. For interviews, articles and radio programs I quite often look at my notes to remember what other people have written and thought. But I am just the opposite to you, I only publish sometimes my book reviews if I get paid for it. Whereas blogging in my small group is just a hobby for me.
    With greetings from the the small village next the big sea and thank you very much for commenting on our blog
    Klausbernd and The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. Melissia Bruehl says:

    I just found your blog and I love it! I am a new book blogger and I am excited to learn from you and follow you ❤

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  8. drbethnolan says:

    Hi, Lynne — I just found your blog today! I’m excited to follow you as we have similar tastes in books. I review, too — Beth’s Book-Nook Blog at http://www.drbethnolan.com via wordpress. I love your background on here!:) I actually came across your blog as I was looking for help with Net Galley titles that disappear and “expire” off my kindle – which is kind of creepy. Hope to see you around the bookish world! -Beth 🙂

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  12. lilaiamoreliwordsaresacred says:

    Hello, Lynne! Thanks for liking my posts.



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  15. Hi Lynne

    Thanks for the follow! I have to say, I drop by Fictionophile a lot for inspiration & motivation. Like you, I started my blog out of passion & my love towards books. For a few years there I kind of ‘lost’ it – I still liked to read but after hours of doing pretty much the same thing for lectures and classes, it was just impossible to get the motivation to finish even 2 books per year. I’ve finished much more than that since I started Bookmarks & Blue Light a few months ago and am loving it. Hope someday my collection will be as large as yours 🙂

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  16. alison41 says:

    Thanks for the blog follow! see my new post about a North African novel.

    Liked by 1 person

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  19. Sorry to use this for what should have been a PM, didn’t see that option. I’m wondering if you’ve recently had a problem with scheduling your posts. My schedule button has disappeared. The “happiness engineers” at WP have disclosed they recently changed the publish/schedule buttons. My theme is twenty-sixteen and I was happy with it. Didn’t want to change it, but wondering since you also have a free theme–are you having a problem with the schedule button now as well? Also, Polldaddy has disappeared. They can’t seem to fix either, and the alternative is to save to draft, then publish on day I wanted to schedule. NOT a good alternative!

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  21. fairly new to your cover love series, and haven’t researched your site, but wondering if you did a park (or public) bench cover love–yes–sure you have.

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  23. Your blog inspires me. So much accolades on the wall. I hope to get there someday. I really love mystery&thriller. There’s something about them.. They always have the element of surprise and that’s a break from books clouded with cliché. In general I’m glad I found your blog.

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  25. Hi Lynne,

    It’s so nice to come across book bloggers who do it just for their love of books.

    It’s great to see that you love psychological thrillers too. They’re my favourite. Have you read any Dan Carter books? They can be a bit gruesome but they are definitely worth the read!

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to keeping up to date with your blog 🙂


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  27. Gastradamus says:

    I like your blog. I’m a great writer who needs publicity. We are looking for partners. My stories are short and your feedback would be incredible. With the right marketing and people, this stuff I write about is going places. Please when you can, stop on by at Gastradamus and board the train so we can make money together

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  28. Robbie Pink says:

    Hi, Lynne,
    Thank you so much for the follow!
    I was reading your review guidelines, I think I need to implement something similar. I am getting swamped! Though I will admit, as an avid reader, it is a nice conundrum!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    (aka RobbyeFaye, aka Robbye)

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Hi Robbie. I just checked out your ‘about’ page and see that you chose to not post any review guidelines. How do you handle review requests? Even with my guidelines I receive 2-3 daily. Impossible to manage…


  29. Hi Lynne. It’s nice to meet you. Thanks so much for the follow. You have a great blog here! 🙂

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  31. Annika Perry says:

    Lynne, this is an impressive list of reviewing – I hadn’t even heard of Netgalley in 2013 and didn’t realise they’ve been around so long. Your wonderful enjoyment of books is self-evident in your about and it’s great when you can share that further by reviewing books for a larger audience. Lovely to ‘meet’ you! 😀

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  33. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you, Lynne.


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  36. Sarah says:

    Aw, very nice blog you have! I’m glad I found it in the big web of the internet, haha. I’ll be sure to read more of your posts; the last review I just read was fantastic!


  37. helenajrae says:

    Hi Lynne! Thanks for the follow. I’m new to blogging so it means a lot to have such a prolific reader/review follow me! I think we have similar tastes in reading (but I also read tonnes of ‘middlebrow’ early-mid 20th) so your recommendations page will be helpful. And I’m with you about covers! I’m a sucker for a gorgeous one. 🙂


  38. D.M. Barr says:

    Hi Lynne:

    My psychological thriller, Expired Listings, was available via NetGalley but I don’t think you caught it at the time. I know you like to promote debut authors. The novel received a great review on Kirkus and on Amazon, 90% of the 79 reviews are 4- and 5-star. If you would like to review, please let me know and I’ll get you a copy in whatever format you prefer.

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  39. aiharun says:

    Hi Lynne. Your blog is great. Thanks for following mine. 😊


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  42. sheldonk2014 says:

    Thank you for visiting
    See you on the other side of creativity
    As always Sheldon


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  44. You’re an inspiration! ^_^


  45. Spocki says:

    Thanks for following Spocki’s World. How do you find time to read blogs on top of reading and reviewing all these books? Amazing. 🙂


  46. Wonderful site – I will recommend to my friends!


  47. Jasmine says:

    wow, you are a busy lady 🙂 Love your profile!


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  49. pibarrington says:

    Your credentials are pretty impressive! Currently I am with a small Canadian publishing house (First Realm Publishing) that I just love and am tying desperately to finish book two of my series, The Brede Chronicles. When I find my books (moved across the US from California, lol) I’ll try to send you one if you have a spare second.
    Lovely blog, concise and helpful as well as great design!


  50. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi Lynne! Thanks for the follow. Am looking forward to exploring yours. Pleased to meet you, Marina


  51. Hi Lynne,

    You sound like a busy woman so thanks for following our wee blog.

    Shoko and Kali


  52. KamilaRose says:

    Thank you so much for following my blog! I hope you will enjoy all of my future posts.
    I’m looking forward to reading yours! 🙂


  53. bookworm1102 says:

    Hi Lynne. I really love your blog, so much so that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award


    • Fictionophile says:

      Like anyone, I relish any appreciation others might express for my blog. It is a labor of love after all… I am grateful for any and all attention my blog receives.
      That being said, I respectfully decline your offer. I have added a new policy to my ‘About’ page to explain my feelings on this matter.


  54. Hi Lynne! Thanks for choosing to follow Puddletown Reviews. Enjoyed perusing your blog. Lots of good reading to be found here.


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  57. Prince Rasta says:


    I visit your blogs and read some parts of it and thought you made some really great points. If you have a chance, please read and review my book if you are interested, titled ” Enter The Monkey”. Enter The Monkey is an exquisitely and often painfully soul-baring true life story. I think it might be of interest to your readers.If you do please let me know.



  58. Hi Lynne! I nominated you and your beautiful blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award 🙂 ❤



  59. Nanci McGraw says:

    Hi Lynne, NOVA SCOTIA… Catalogue Librarian.. wow. Your life sounds “idyllic”.

    Interested in reading & reviewing this genre in your spare time? Mystery/sci-fi/thriller/humorous yes, all that. no hype. I’d be verrry interested in how YOU would classify this one.
    It’s a new book getting top reviews on Amazon? You’ll be glad I asked.
    *ANIMAL FUTURE*, #1 in series, a creative collaboration by my husband and oldest son, Robert and Darrin McGraw both LIFETIME CREATIVES AND avid readers plus maverick and versatile writers! -Check–it–out: Avail: Amazon —-> http://bookshow.me/B00PZL40WS

    Proud wife & mom; I’m the publishing “mktng dept”,
    Email me: nanci@nanci.org and let’s connect
    FYI Feedback on Amazon:
    –“It’s a winner. You won’t be disappointed. …I hardly put the book down and didn’t get anything read in my other books until after finishing this one. Very well written. I give it five stars and can’t wait for the sequel.”

    –“There’s action, drama, secrets, mystery and adventure. There were parts that made me laugh and others that made me think…. I couldn’t put it down and needed to know how it ended. http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/2015/

    –“…a different kind of sci-fi book,very cleverly plotted out and written with humor and imagination.”


  60. Lisa Munley says:

    Hi Lynne, I’d love to speak to you but can’t find contact information on your blog. Please email me at lisamunley@ca.rr.com. Thanks!


  61. Barb Foulds says:

    I am in the blog. Thanks Lynne . Barb


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