Nerdy staged library photos = yay!

After high schooI, I left small-town Maine thinking I'd never look back. I was so wrong.

Even though I quickly realized that rural life was the life for me, it still took almost ten years—including four years working in an independent children's bookstore—for me to make it back here.

I discovered the online literary world and started Bookshelves of Doom back in 2004. In the early days, I was all about reacting to books utterly subjectively, from my heart and from my gut. Today, I still write from my heart and my gut, but I at least ATTEMPT to be a bit more objective.

While I mainly focus on YA print fiction here, I love stories for all ages and in all forms. I read across market categories and genres, formats and publication dates, highbrow to lowbrow. I love finding and sharing long-forgotten backlist titles just as much as discovering and discussing up-and-coming new titles. I keep a close eye on book challenges, and I don't believe in making excuses for or feeling guilty about reading tastes or choices.


Before moving to Squarespace in 2014, Bookshelves of Doom was hosted at Blogger (2004-2005) and then at Typepad (2005-2014). Pre-Squarespace blog posts are housed in the Archives, new stuff will live at the Blog tab. Apologies for any formatting issues contained in the migrated posts: I'm working on combing through everything, but with a decade of posts to work through, it's bound to take a good long while.


I blog about older books at The Backlist and I'm currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee. I participated in the Cybils from 2006 until 2015, I've been a columnist at Kirkus Reviews since 2010, and I was one of the original posters at Guys Lit Wire.

While Bookshelves of Doom is currently on hiatus, I've been finding lately that I miss it—so I started up a Patreon campaign to see if there's enough interest for me to revive it.

Real life!

I live in a small town in Maine with my husband, our two murderous cats, and the ghost of our Jack Russell. I've worked in a school library, an academic library, as an assistant in a public library, and now, I'm the director—and sole full-time employee—of my town library.

Review policy! 

I read and review primarily YA fiction. I make exceptions to that rule, mostly for middle-grade and adult crossovers, historical mystery/romances, crime, and other genre fiction. I do not review self-help, inspirational memoirs/nonfiction, erotica, or medical texts. 

While I do accept unsolicited review copies, I cannot promise to review everything I receive.