My policy is basically this: I review everything I read: the good, the bad, the didn't finish. I do that because I, at least, want to know whether I liked a book or not, or whether I managed even to get through it, and, if so, why I abandoned it.
Unfortunately, at this time, I am not accepting any ARCs for review. I generally get advance copies from the ones that publishers send to the bookstore where I work, or from Edelweiss. I don't have the time to read any other independent submisions.
I link to IndieBound because I strongly believe in supporting small, independent bookstores.
I know that when I don't like a book, I may come off as mean. This is because I like to be honest. I also know I have offended authors in the past because I have said that I haven't liked their books. Know that this is just my opinion. I know I am able to change them (or not) with enough discussion, because I have in the past. However, that doesn't mean I'm going to go back and change what I wrote about the book, because I want to remember what I thought when I read it initially. If I choose to reread a book, and my opinion of it has changed, I'll put up a new review.
When I read a book, I am influenced by: the previous book I read, the mood I'm in, my stress level, whether or not my kids are climbing on me while I read (or write!), my religion, my age, my situation in life, my political beliefs, and a whole host of other factors. I don't apologize for that. I'm interested in my initial response to the book. I do try to say, in the review, if there are any circumstances that could have affected my reading of the book (like I read an excellent book previously, or I read the graphic novel version/saw the movie first, or I was having a bad day, or I was annoyed at the narrator/characters/copy-editing) so that my readers will know what my opinion is shaped by. I would like to think that makes my opinion still valuable to my readers, but I don't want anyone to think that I am consciously trying to be especially "objective" or "professional" or "balanced" in my reviews; they are my opinion, first and foremost. As I said before, my attitudes may (or may not) change with time, and from time to time I do revisit books.
If you have any questions (or wish to contact me) feel free to email me at mmfbooks AT gmail.com.