What We Review

Catholicfiction.net reviews Catholic novels, short story and poetry collections as well as related non-fiction books, such as biographies of Catholic writers, works of literary history and criticism, and books on the craft of writing. We are interested in reviews of both literary classics and the latest popular Catholic novels, in every genre.

For the sake of keeping readers informed of what’s out there, we’re also interested in reviews of popular secular novels with themes of special interest to Catholics.

Review Process

CatholicFiction.net has a group of dedicated volunteer reviewers who provide independent book reviews of Catholic fiction.  After we receive a book review request, we contact the group and ask for a volunteer to review a book based upon the information provided.  A reviewer will contact the requester by the provided e-mail address. The reviewer will ask for a review copy of the book. Upon receipt of the book, the review will commence and be completed as quickly as possible.

Catholic Fiction.net will notify the requester when we have posted the completed book review.

Review Standards

While Catholicfiction.net is eager to do its part in the much-desired Catholic literary revival, we do not believe that this worthy cause is well served by giving every newly published Catholic novel a glowing report. Just because a novel seeks to promote Catholic faith and values, for instance, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it is a.) well written, b.) tells a captivating story, c.) is an entertaining read or d.) points to those sustaining Catholic values. Similarly, though a thoughtful reading of a novel may suggest that the Catholic perspective is less than adequately represented, even in important matters of faith and morals, it doesn’t follow that there is nothing of value to be gained from reading the book; we would hope our reviewers would point out a such a book’s virtues, even when they see fit to comment on problematic aspects.

Our policy is to be fair and informative to our readers who look to our recommendations when they are considering what to read.  Occasionally, particularly with respect to self-published books, we see books that are, in our opinion, do not meet minimum reading standards, and we do believe we can not fairly review the book in any positive sense. On these occasions, we will advise the author we will not review the book.

Our main criterion, then, is a spirit of charity as well as discernment.

 

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