Tara Cheesman-Olmsted is a blogger, freelance critic and active member in an online community dedicated to promoting international authors & books in translation. Her reviews can be found across the internet –  including at The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction,The Quarterly Conversation, Book Riot & Harriet (the blog of the Poetry Foundation). She was a panelist at the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival in New York City and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Since 2009 she’s written the blog BookSexy Review under the pen name tolmsted.

Reader@Large is the project of Tara Cheesman-Olmsted (a.k.a. – tolmsted), an American reader with a taste for international fiction.  I live in the Eastern United States with my husband, two dogs and an ever growing collection of books.

In 2009 I thought BookSexy Review would be a great name for a blog. Before the year was out I decided I hated it.  It was a bad choice for any number of reasons.  The primary one being that most employers put blocks on sites with words like “sexy”, which means potential readers can’t browse at work. Even publishers have had problems viewing the site – this issue was first mentioned to me by a Harper Collins publicist years ago. At the time I was too new to blogging to understand the import of what she was trying to tell me.

Skip forward 8 years (god i am old). My goals and interests have changed.  The site evolved from a general book review blog to one devoted to books in translations. Six months ago I decided it was time to rethink how and why I write about books.  With that in mind I began contributing to other review outlets as part of my quest to become a better writer and reviewer.

I realized that if I was going to continue the blog it would have to change, beginning with the name.  The BookSexy Review url will remain active for another year, but when you type in that name it (you’ve probably noticed by now) redirects to ReaderatLarge.com  All of the content from the old blog is still available on the new site. My goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible.

The reason this blog continues is because of the generosity and friendship of an incredible international community of like-minded readers, bloggers and independent publishers. Thank you all for your support and passion… but mostly thank you for reading.

Review Policy

Reader@Large is a general book review blog with a focus on fiction, literary fiction & non-fiction.  I currently only accept books by international authors and translations, mostly small press, for review.  I am always happy to receive requests from publicists and authors.  Please send them to tara.cheesman@gmail.com .  

Acceptance of a review or advance copy does not guarantee a review (favorable or otherwise).

All reviews will be fair and all opinions expressed will be my own unless otherwise noted.  Please note: I also contribute freelance reviews to other sites and reserve the right to submit my review of any book, including review copies sent to Reader@Large, to another outlet/site of my choosing.  This is entirely at my discretion. The site will always be book related and generally have a larger audience. When this happens the publisher will be notified as to where and when the review can be viewed. 

Reader@Large is a completely non-profit venture.  No review or advance copies will ever be sold for personal financial gain.

You can also find me on GoodReads (Tara Cheesman-Olmsted) & Twitter (@BookSexyReview).

9 thoughts on “About

  1. “I will only read books that I find interesting” – for there are many books and fewer years. Just started here, 21 April 2012, but I have been in the same direction lately. Good work!


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