About The Illustrated Page

iphone self portraitMy name’s Sarah Waites, and I have been reading fantasy and science fiction for a very long time. This blog originally started as both an art blog and a book blog, but it’s slowly become primarily a book blog. However, all the featured images are my own artwork. Scroll down for stock image credits.

My reading list is heavily skewed towards fantasy, with science fiction being my second most read genre. I’ve always been particularly interested in important and capable female characters and my reviews will reflect that. In the years since I’ve started this book blog, I’ve also come out as queer and asexual, and I’ve been trying to read more books with queer characters as well as more diverse books generally.

I have an overview of my reading from 2014.

And now also an overview of my reading stats from 2015.

Wow, it’s now onto a 2016 overview.


The numerical, starred ratings I give to books are entirely subjective. Most books receive somewhere between three to four stars, since I rarely give five stars and don’t rate books I don’t finish (although I will include them in my monthly recaps). Three stars means I’m apathetic towards the book and unwilling to ever reread it. I only tend to recommend books that are thee and a half stars or higher.

Reviewing Policy/ARCs

Most of the ARCs I review I receive through Netgalley. If you are a publisher or author who would like to contact me about reviewing a book, you can email me at sarahwaitestx@gmail.com.

Whether or not I will accept depends on genre, availability and my interest in the book itself. All reviews will be honest.

I only accept ARCs that are fantasy or science fiction.

What am I looking for in a book?

In general, these are elements that my favorite books tend to have in common.

  • Strong world building.
  • Competent and well crafted female characters who interact with each other.
  • Queer characters who don’t end in tragedy.
  • A cast of characters who are diverse along numerous axes.
  • A strong and distinctive voice.
  • Low on romance – more focused on adventure or political intrigue.
  • Low on explicit sex.
  • Heist plot lines or roguish characters (definitely not a requirement, but I tend to enjoy these)

Image Credits

“Storybook Sunset” Stock Image Credits

“A Witch’s Library” Stock Image Credits

“The Star Lady” Stock Image Credits

“Defender” Stock Image Credits

“Falling Through Time” Stock Image Credits

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. nitapan14 says:

    I’ve nominated you to do the 2016-2017 tag. https://eccentricgirl14.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/2016-2017-tag/ Thank you for your time!

    1. I don’t really do these tag things… but thanks for thinking of me!

      1. nitapan14 says:

        That’s fine. 😉 You’re most certainly welcome. I’ve enjoyed what little of your blog that I’ve read so far, and I’m looking forward to reading more.

      2. Aww. Thank you! 🙂

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