Avid reader looking for a permanent home for my book reviews. What makes my reviews different? I give most books I read a fair shake, and frequently read them twice before reviewing, sometimes waiting a month between reads so I can see which impressions stand the test of time (much to the dismay of my library). I try to give a briefΒ  (I don’t always succeed at this part) synopsis that represents my interpretation of the plot, rather than the book blurb, and my analysis tries to focus on the book more than me. Not that those types of reviews aren’t fun, but my goal is to remember the book, the book experience, and to share information about why others may or may not enjoy the book. You would not believe how many books I’ve accidentally re-read.

I love books and discussing them, so feel free to comment.

When not reading, I’m on booksites talking about reading, swimming, biking (but only in nice weather), working, baking, gardening, trying to teach my parrots to use words instead of shrieking, or napping. Or trying to convince my dogs that they really don’t feel like going for a walk right now. I’m usually unsuccessful at that.


44 Responses to About

  1. Busty Book Bimbo says:

    Ack! Goodreads has been down for me for two hours. I think I’m going through withdrawal!!! I suppose I could go read a book o_O

  2. Busty Book Bimbo says:

    Is that the view from your bedroom window? πŸ˜‰

  3. thebookgator says:

    I hear that! I have to finish a review–my book is overdue!

    And I only wish it was my bedroom doorway–it was a house entrance in Taos, New Mexico.

  4. ByronGordon says:

    Thanks for the follow πŸ™‚ I like the picture, has an out of the cave feel πŸ™‚

  5. Hi, Carol, do you accept requests for reviews? I’m an independent author and I’m interested in giving you a copy of my book, The Quest for Juice (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615826822/), for review.

  6. thebookgator says:

    Jonathan-David, thanks for asking, but the answer is almost never, and certainly not promptly.

  7. TheGirl says:

    Do you accept submissions for book reviews?

  8. Gator Woman says:

    Thank you for sharing my post. Your Blog is lovely~

  9. stephswint says:

    I have nominated you for The Liebster Award as a blog that should be receiving lots of interest and focus. The rules and information regarding this is posted at http://bookishswint.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/liebster-award-nomination/

  10. Rabindranauth says:

    Heyya. Nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Check it out here: http://wp.me/p4n8cJ-CC

  11. Psyberghast says:

    Does the “Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows” in your Goodreads username refer to the IPU?

    • thebookgator says:

      I’m not sure which ‘ipu’ you might referring to, but it’s my own weird humor at work. I recently found this video on Youtube and think it is hysterical. It’s also my way of poking at GR because shelves that were named in a ‘demeaning’ manner were deleted.

  12. ajoobacats says:

    Hi I nominated you for The Liebster Award and look forward to re a d ing your post.

  13. PFUDOR is hilarious. Thankfully, it’s also short.

  14. 1stavenue says:

    Hi, Carol! I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award and hope you don’t mind. It’s okay if you don’t wanna do it, but I would love to see your answers. πŸ™‚ https://covers2covers.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/the-liebster-award-2/

  15. Pingback: 3 Quotes Book Tag Over Here! | I Will Never Own Enough Books

  16. Amy Sawatzky says:

    This bookshelf shot is the only one I’ve ever seen with as much Connie Willis as my bookshelf!

  17. Henry Roi says:


    We love your blog and we would be very happy if you were to review some of our upcoming titles.

    Please find enclosed one of our current bestsellers – Happy Hour& other Philadelphia Cruelties by Tony Knighton, a 30-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department.Β 

    The Philly Inquirer likened Happy Hour to the work of Dennis Lehane.

    Mr. Knighton will write an essay about the story behind Happy Hour this week. I’ll submit that to you for additional content if you’d like.

    Our authors, Benedict J. Jones and Kalyan Lahiri, will likely produce similar essays soon. Please let us know if you are interested in reviewing their titles.

    Also, please let us know how we can help share your content.

    Best wishes,

    Henry Roi

    P.S. I was unable to include relevant links and the pdf of Happy Hour. I’ll be happy to send a proper proposition via email.


  18. Mimi says:

    I sent you a message on GR before I remembered you might not get it because… well, GR. Anyway, I just wanted to leave you a link to my book stack. Hope you find something you like. πŸ™‚ https://covers2covers.wordpress.com/20160908_172512-jpg/

  19. Bookstooge says:

    Might want to update this, since Leafmarks has shut down 😦

  20. This is such a great blog, thanks for stopping at my blog, Jackie

  21. Alfy says:

    Your blog and other Goodreads reviews have been a boon for me. Thanks for filling up my reading list with goodies.

  22. pdtillman says:

    Napping. We both do quite a lot of that. I rather like it. She doesn’t, much.

    “The happiest part of a man’s life is what he passes lying [half-] awake in bed in the morning.” — Dr. Johnson

  23. C.T. Phipps says:

    Wonderful reviews! Thank you for doing so many! It is a real treat to us authors.

  24. gelgin says:

    i dunno the truly great workzz of fiction have so many dimensions they are often hard to summarize. I think Einstein said “reality is only a projection of my thoughts & feelings’ My limited reviews try to point out detail that may have been Missed by ‘the many’

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