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Helping Authors & Inspiring Readers


Adventures await within these virtual pages. Where might one go, you ask? Anywhere. Any adventure you could possibly imagine can be found between the covers of a book. 

The heart-and-soul purpose of the site is to connect readers with books by giving authors a chance to share what they've written. We're not out to change the world, but we care so much about books and what they can do for people, that we feel it's important to play our part the best way we know how for as long as we're able.

From honest and objective book reviews, author interviews, guest posts, cover contests, and more, Books & Benches offers an array of opportunities for authors and readers to connect.

Originally launched in 2012 as a personal book blog, we took a break in 2017 to focus on another bookish site. Three years later we realized we wanted the best of both, and in July 2020 we merged The Captivating Quill with Books & Benches.

This is a privately-owned, volunteer-operated website, and with the help of dedicated reviewers, our only goal is help authors and inspire readers. We hope you'll be encouraged to read, interact with, and support the authors and their stories. After all, these are your adventures, too. 


Don't know where to start? Browse the reviews to find some great books, then head on over to meet new authors on the interviews page. This site is free to browse and always will be.


What makes Books & Benches different? We couldn't tell you because to us, it's simply a way to help authors and readers find each other, a concept that is certainly not new in our digital age. We believe that what's "behind the curtain" is for you to discover.

Want to help? We are actively looking for volunteers who would like to help us spread the bookish joy on social media. All you have to do is share posts! Reviewers are also always welcome to inquire

—The Books & Benches Team

Contact Books & Benches

  • This contact form is for general inquires regarding www.booksandbenches.com. We are unable to relay messages or emails to authors and hope you will contact them via their individual websites or social media pages. 

  • If you are an author inquiring about a feature at the blog, please visit our For Authors page before sending a message as the information you seek is probably already be there. If your inquiry can be answered on the For Authors page, you will not receive a response via your form submission below. Sorry, but our volunteers are hard at work, and we have submission options in place on the For Authors page to make their lives easier.

  • If you are a blogger who would like a free listing, please visit our Blogger Directory page.

  • If you are a blogger or reader interested in joining our review team, please visit the Become a Reviewer page.