Deliciously Clean Reads: How to Contribute

What makes a book a Deliciously Clean Read?

All reviewed books at Clean Reads must be free of swearing and sex (including thinking or talking about having sex.) I know that profanity is a bit subjective. A book may qualify as a Clean Read if it has five or less "strong words found in the Bible" (i.e. dam*, he**, and a**). Any curse words besides these "strong words found in the Bible" automatically disqualify the book for Clean Read status. If you are not sure if a word is considered profanity, please email me. I do not consider names of body parts profanity. Just make sure they are NOT used in an explicit manner.

Clean Reads may contain magic, fantasy, romance, kissing, adventure, mystery, suspense, science fiction, religion, serious issues, etc.

I understand that some people are opposed to fantasy. I respect that. Please feel free to find recommendations by clicking Realistic Fiction in the sidebar.

Please use your judgement with topics such as drug use, alcohol, racism, violence or dark subject matter. If you'd feel uncomfortable recommending a book to a very prudish grandma, it probably doesn't belong on Homespun Light's Deliciously Clean Reads list!

Essentially, if books were rated as movies, we'd only accept reviews of G and PG books (and yes, even some PGs have more swearing/innuendos than we allow here at Clean Reads). If you aren't sure if a book is Clean Read material, you can email me at any time and note any passages in question that may render the book inappropriate for our site.

Clean Reads will accept reviews of Christian books as well as books about other religions. However, I do not want Clean Reads to become exclusive to any particular religion, so I will try to space these books out among other genres.

For the most part, reviews will be posted in the order in which I receive them. I may on occasion move a review forward if I feel there is a reason to do so.

How do I submit Book Reviews to Homespun Light?

Anyone can submit a review to me. Just copy the review into the body of an email with the title and author in the subject line. Send it here.

Reviews should describe what the book is basically about and share the reviewer's feelings about the book.
Books may be from any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Please include a recommended age group after your review (i.e. Recommended Readers: 12 and up).

You may cross-post your reviews at your own site, if you would like. At Clean Reads, your review will appear with your byline and a link to your personal blog/website if you have one and would like a link. If you send a short (1-2 sentence) bio, I will also add that to the end of the post as a tagline.

Author Interviews

We would love interviews with writers who tend to write clean books. Anyone can contribute these interviews, as well. Email them to me. Again, they can be cross-posted.

If you have any other ideas for the site, please let me know.


  1. I love your site. I started a similar one of my own. It's Please feel free to check it out. I'd love to be a link on your site and I can make you a link on mine - my first!

  2. Emily, your site is great! I was so excited to find it. We are an LDS family too. I(John) like modern action/adventure, (kinda Indiana Jones style) and such is the lot to have books that leaves the cheeks bright red because of very suggestive content. Look forward to perusing your site for a good read. One suggestion, maybe we you can make a list of books to avoid.

  3. Emily- I love your site! I had a bit of trouble tying to find the place where I could recommend a book for you to review (all of the links aren't working) but I still want to suggest an author who writes clean romance. Marcia Lynn McClure. Her books are some of the best books I've read in a while, although they do lack a little bit in plotline. Basically she is a clean romance author who stresses the importance of marriage before sex in all of her novels and keeps the swearing to a minimum in all but maybe one or two of her historical books (all the swearing is biblical type-ish stuff, like you mentiononed above) her books are all really good, although they're for more of an adulty audience just for the fact that all of the heroines are in their late late teens (17-25) and they're just a bit more adult oreiented. still, they're TOTALLY clean (my aunt recommended them to me, so yeah, I am one of the few younger teenage girls reading MLM) You don't need to publish this comment, just letting you know. Oh!
    PS I have a book recommendation site of my own, if you're interested:
    Thanks! :)