Recent Reads: July 18.

The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

Ugly Cat and Pablo, by Isabel Quintero

Ugly Cat and Pablo, by Isabel Quintero

Some of the books I've written about over the last month or so!

At Patreon:

The Ruin of a Rake, by Cat Sebastian

Away Goes Sally, by Elizabeth Coatsworth (The first half, at any rate! I'm planning on talking a little about the second half tomorrow.)

Bad Machinery: Volume Two, The Case of the Good Boy, by John Allison

The Princess and the Peas, by Rachel Himes

The Stormy Adventure of Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Keeper, by Peter Roop and Connie Roop

Frazzled #2: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes, by Booki Vivat

The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

The Pike River Phantom, by Betty Ren Wright

Marie Curie, by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Ugly Cat & Pablo, by Isabel Quintero


At Kirkus:

The Secret of a Heart Note, by Stacey Lee

Camp So-and-So, by Mary McCoy

A Season of Daring Greatly, by Ellen Emerson White

Saints and Misfits, by S. K. Ali


Recent Reads: June 1.

Book Uncle and Me, by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me, by Uma Krishnaswami

The Mystery of the Ivory Charm, by Carolyn Keene

The Mystery of the Ivory Charm, by Carolyn Keene

This list will be shorter than last time, thankfully!

As before, I'm only listing Patreon posts about full-length books, not short stories or excerpts or comic book issues. I've started a close read of Nancy Drew #13—and if I get five new subscribers by the end of the day today, I'll do another chapter.

At Kirkus:

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, by Uma Krishnaswami

What I'm Looking Forward to in June 2017

At Patreon:

The Girl of the Wish Garden, by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me, by Uma Krishnaswami

The Hawk of the Castle, by Danna Smith

My Close Read of The Handmaid's Tale continues!

My Close Read of Nancy Drew #13: The Mystery of the Ivory Charm has begun!


Recent reads & so on.

In an attempt to stop staring at news updates on Twitter, I'm going to compile a list of some of the books I've talked about lately over at Kirkus and at Patreon. (Note! I'm just including posts that are about single books, not posts about comic issues or podcasts or short stories or television or movies or my ongoing Handmaid's Tale close read, etc.)

My GOAL is to NOT LOOK AT TWITTER AT ALL while I do this. Let's see if I can do it.

(Judging by how twitchy I'm already feeling—like, the notification bell is dinging away and WHAT IF I'M MISSING SOMETHING—I don't know if I'm going to make it.)

Recently, at Kirkus:

The Fashion Committee, by Susan Juby

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by Maurene Goo

Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

Gem & Dixie, by Sara Zarr

What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold

Done Dirt Cheap, by Sarah Nicole Lemon

The Mesmerist, by Ronald L. Smith

Recently, at Patreon:

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights, by Deborah Kops

Pink is for Blobfish, by Jess Keating

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World, by Laurie Lawlor

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History, by Tori Telfer

Memoir of Susie King Taylor: A Civil War Nurse, by Pamela Dell

Ghosts Beneath Our Feet, by Betty Ren Wright

Christina's Ghost, by Betty Ren Wright

The Midnight Mystery, by Betty Ren Wright

Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, by Catherine Reef

Weedflower, by Cynthia Kadohata


But holy cow, that was... not easy.

I'll try to put these together more often so they're more manageable. And also so that I don't have to be off Twitter for SUCH AN EXTENDED PERIOD OMG WHAT DID I MISS???

Long time, no see!

Hello, my friends.

How ARE you?

As some of you have already discovered, I've started up a Patreon

I started it for a few reasons. First, I started it because I missed doing what I used to do in this space, on this website. I wanted to find out if starting that up again—albeit in a different place—would be something that people would like to see, to read, to participate in.

Second, I feel like I've been spending more and more of my time on Twitter, and lately, most of that time I've been either furious or despondent or both. (ODDLY ENOUGH, those feelings seem to have started in early November of last year. *side eyes news*)

Which isn't to say that I don't like Twitter anymore. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. I looooooooooove Twitter. It's just a different sort of online interaction—conversations there are faster, shorter, more off-the-cuff. *side eyes news again*

Third, I miss talking about stories.

I miss talking about them at length.

I miss having a specific place to do that.


If you're so inclined, head on over to my Patreon.

Let's talk books and movies, comics and podcasts, television and music and pop culture and weird science and strange history.

Let's share recommendations.

Let's use story and stories to understand each other and our world.

New project: The Backlist!

I've started a new project: The Backlist

For a long while, I toyed with the idea of giving this site an overhaul to make it fit the vision I have for The Backlist, but ultimately, it didn't make sense to go back and rework twelve years of posts and reviews.

Twelve years! A lot has changed since I started Bookshelves of Doom—for me personally, in terms of my own interests and the way I react to and analyze stories and texts, but also in terms of the blogging world and how we use social media.

In the book world, there's so much focus on the Newest, the Most Recent, the Upcoming, that I—as contrary as ever—am getting less interested in all that, and more and more interested in older books and stories. So at The Backlist, everything I cover is at least five years old. 

I'll be leaving Bookshelves of Doom up—I think the archives will be useful—but unless I do some sort of huge revamp, I'm not planning on updating here much.

Thank you for over a decade of reading and friendship—you all are truly My People—and I hope I'll see you over at The Backlist!