About Me

dogearedandwellread (at) gmail dot com

I am a high school librarian in her mid thirties who is crazy about dogs and books – hence the dog-eared reference in the title. I obtained my MLS after a career as a stage manager.

In this blog, I aim to focus on YA lit, although I do dabble in adult lit and reading in general. I also write about my experiences as a librarian, my involvement in ALA/YALSA/AASL  and other library things that strike my fancy. Dogs and pop culture stuff make frequent appearances since they are my other obsessions. My life also makes random appearances in trips, concerts, etc.

Some of my favorite books include: The Secret History, Looking for Alaska, Bel Canto, Gloria, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Before I Die, the Outlander series, the Anne of Green Gables series, the Harry Potter series, and the Trixie Belden series (I collect these is hardcover and paperback). I love The Lovely Bones but that is mainly because of the paragraph where Susie talks about “Evensong.”

Favorite authors include John Green, Diana Gabaldon, Chuck Klosterman, Ann Patchett, Sarah Vowell, and Marian Keyes.

Other things I love include movies, David Gray, the Oscars, good tv, wine, Diet Coke with ice, ice in just about any beverage, sushi, pasta, potatoes, Ireland, the color red, socks and no shoes, pajama pants, and Disneyland.

As far as the above-mentioned good tv, that includes (but is not limited to): Friday Night Lights, Everwood, Lost, Fringe, Mad Men, The Daily Show, Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl (only when it centers on Blair), How I Met Your Mother, Pacey’s Pond, Weeds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, Californication, Joan of Arcadia, Once and Again, Degrassi, and David Letterman.  One new addition is The Fabulous Beekman Boys – love them, the goats, Farmer John, and Polka Spot!

My YALSA involvements include: chair of the YALSA Local Arrangements committee 2009 – 2010, chair of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Jury 2010 – 2011, a member Organization and Bylaws committee 2010 – 2011, member of  Teens Top Ten committee 2010 – 2012.

*Disclosure: Some of the products reviewed on this blog are provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions expressed in these reviews are strictly my own and are not influenced by monetary or other means of compensation. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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Page last edited on July 11, 2011.


9 responses to “About Me

  1. You and I have a lot in common. I’m going to subscribe to your blog. I even have a dog that looks very much like the one in your header. Her name is Moe, and she’s an Akita/Chow cross, and is 10 years old, almost deaf, and getting rather arthritic. She’s been such a calm and wonderful pet to my hubby and me.

  2. The Lovely Bones is one of my favorite books, and man, you nailed a lot of my favorite shows. Buffy will forever remain one of my all-time favs, and I adored Once and Again. Problem is, I didn’t start watching until it was over, so I had to buy the box sets … and then they never put out the third and final season!! I’m dying here.

    • dogearedandwellread

      I know! I hate when they don’t release the box sets. They have only released Everwood through season 2, so I still have the series finale saved on my Tivo. I worry that the Tivo will die before the dvds come out!

  3. Stephanie Lakes

    I sound like the other comments, but I really feel we have a lot in common. Especially with the Jodi Picoult thing! Whats going on with her books lately, they are all the very same with different names. Have you read Diane Chamberlain’s books? They are really interesting!

    • dogearedandwellread

      Hi Stephanie! I haven’t read anything by Chamberlain, is she like Picoult?

      • Stephanie Lakes

        A bit like Picoult but without the courtroom drama at the end, read The Lost Daughter, when I read it, it reminded me of Picoult in her early days. Definately worth a read!

  4. Ah, a kindred spirit! Children’s Librarian and YA author (plugging away, my college and pre librarian/pre family life was as a playwright in NYC) in New England. Won’t make it to ALA in DC because our SRP starts right after and I’ll be scrambling. My dog’s a Groenendale. I’m blogging about a local NH award that 7th and 8th graders choose, so I’ve included that info. –Yes, it’s totally outdated since we were down to the wire with voting, but now with the new list about to be announced, I will be on top of it. Kudos to your blog, I’ll also be subscribing. Cheers!

  5. mkpf

    I’m not a young adult, but one of my favorite books is for YAs – Out of the Dust. Its critically acclaimed and has won several awards, but I think still not talked about enough. Wondering if you like that book as well and recommend to your young readers – in fact, it may even be a required read at your district’s middle schools?

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