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Comments for Armchair BEA: Welcome to Puss Reboots

Armchair BEA: Welcome to Puss Reboots: 05/23/11

Armchair BEA logo - designed by yours trulyWelcome to Puss Reboots: A Book Review a Day. If you're new here, welcome! If you're a regular, welcome back.

I am currently half way though my second round of graduate school. This time I'm learning library and information science. I hope to become a children's librarian in a public library. Reference librarian would also be good; I love trying to answer questions. I'm also qualified to run a corporate / intranet library; that's what I was doing before I went back to school.

Some book blogs specialize in a specific genre; I don't. While I would love to say that I read everything, that wouldn't be honest either. Although I would never tell someone not to read something, there are something that I personally have little to no interest in reading. I don't see the point in writing a negative review that is probably mostly a reflection of my own personal bias.

My blog is completely self built. Since the website it's sitting on dates back to 1997, the book blog isn't a blog in the most formal sense. It isn't using a blogging platform (wordpress or similar). This mostly means that all comments have to be moderated as there is no mechanism for them to self post. I try to get the comments approved, posted and replied to in a timely manner. Please don't panic if your comment doesn't show up immediately.

Unless I'm ill or traveling (and don't have access to the internet), I post a review each and every day. I've managed to post at least one review of either a book, picture book or short story each and every day (including holidays) since 2007. I have posted over 2000 reviews and you can see the entire alphabetized list by title or by author (currently more than 1400 authors represented).

The Seven Things I Review Most:

Children's Literature

Since children's literature comprises everything for ages 0 to 17, I break up the reviews into three sub-sections: chapter books / older readers (ages 9 and up), monster books (because my kids love them so much) and picture books (ages 0 to 8).


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Comment #1: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 14:48:10

Paula Krapf

I am so impressed that you post a book review a day and have managed to keep this up for so many years! I also enjoy your reviews, I really get a feel for the book.

Comment #2: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:36:44


Thank you for the kind words. You've made my day. I'm glad you can get a sense of the book from my reviews.

Comment #3: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 15:58:49


I am amazed that you do a review almost every day, and are in school! Good luck with your schooling and reading.

Comment #4: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:39:55


I write the reviews ahead of time when I'm not slammed with school work. That gives me the freedom to just find a review I want to post and get it up relatively quickly. The classes I'm taking are all online which also makes things a little easier (at least in terms of scheduling).

Comment #5: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 16:09:49


great to meet you! i like how you keep your reading open to the genres. happy armchair bea this week ;-D

Comment #6: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:41:00


Thanks. It was nice to find your blog via Armchair BEA earlier today.

Comment #7: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 17:13:02


I read everything, too! I'm dropping in to wish you a happy Armchair BEA!

Comment #8: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:43:11


I know. It's why I am a regular reader of your blog. I will lurk less when I'm not so slammed with school.

Comment #9: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 17:33:19

Karis (YA Litwit)

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so jealous you are in library school! I would love to do that, but with three kids in private school, my 2nd degree will have to wait. :( Good luck!

Comment #10: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:45:13


I'm doing the degree completely online at SJSU. Maybe in the future when your kids are done with school it will be an option for you.

Comment #11: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 17:56:30


Hi...you will love public librarianship for children. It is especially rewarding in lower income areas. I loved it and miss it now that I work at home and am a SAHM. I miss the kids and my stacks! We have a lot in common! Seen you around Twitter but nice to connect. Have a great week airchairin' it this week!

Comment #12: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:46:15


I'll hopefully be interning at my local children's library in the fall. I'm really looking forward to it.

Comment #13: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 18:09:34


Wow - every day since 2007? That's super impressive. Great job! I only hope that I can be that prolific one day. Keep it up!

Comment #14: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:53:20


The vast majority of my reviews are picture books. So the reading is pretty quick. Then I keep my reviews (for the most part) short. I typically write two or three reviews at a sitting and save the ones I don't need for later.

Comment #15: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 19:17:47


Love your blog, I'm glad you want to be a childrens librarian, I just started volunteering at a library and I love it!! But I basically grew up in a library all my life

Comment #16: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:59:31


I really do. I originally went back to school to be a corporate librarian. Rather, that's what I have been doing as a web producer but now most of the jobs require the MLIS. School though has made me realize how much I want to work with people (and especially children) more than with computers.

Comment #17: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 21:45:52


Great intro. You may read even more than me. LOL

Comment #18: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 22:36:14


The way you described your reading was how I was reading at your age. If you keep it up you'll be reading faster in a few years.

Comment #19: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 00:01:54

Kaitlyn in Bookland

I am so impressed that you post a review each and every day. That is amazing! Congratulations on the huge accomplishment :)

Comment #20: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 22:39:00


I primarily read picture books. They range in length from 20 to 40 pages. It's very easy to get a surplus of great books to review that way. I suspect as my children grow out of picture books I will have to cut back on the number of posts I do or resort to reviewing more short stories.

Comment #21: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 01:10:54


Science fiction is one of my favorite pleasure reading genres. I'm impressed with your list of reviews. And a review a day is quite an accomplishment. I'm lucky if I post one a week.

Comment #22: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 22:42:11


When I started out I was reviewing one or two books a month. Check out my pre 2007 archives and you will see a very different blog.

Comment #23: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 01:14:21

Amy @ My Friend Amy

You rock! So glad you're participating in Armchair BEA!

Comment #24: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 22:43:11


Thank you. I'm having fun. I'm glad classes are done so I can participate.

Comment #25: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 04:05:45

Debolina Raja Gupta

Wow...A review a day...thats something..Im really impressed to know what you are learning now...sounds very interesting. Its quite a feat that you have got here and being new in the book blogging scene, I am really inspired..I am following your blog now and would be really happy if you could follow back too :)

Comment #26: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:58:40


When I sit down to write review, I try to have time to write two or three. That helps me build a surplus of reviews for when I can't or don't want to write a review.

Comment #27: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 04:55:31

The Story Factory Reading Zone

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. Being a children's librarian in a public library sounds like a good job- I wish you all the best with your studies

Comment #28: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:02:45


Thank you.I should be done a year from now. Hopefully that will lead to a job I'll love.

Comment #29: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 11:18:18


I am in awe with your posting every day. I read enough to do it, but so often, the vibe to write that often isn't there for me. That, and there are a few other places and things that I write for. Writing for one place every day, wow!

Comment #30: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:03:11


I write the reviews in advance so I have time to mull them over before I publish them. It helps so that I don't always have to feel like writing. If I ever come to the point where I can't or don't want to keep up the daily posting schedule, I'll scale back.

Comment #31: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 13:21:08


I am highly impressed that you have been able to post about a book just about everyday since 2007. I tend to not post negative reviews either, but sometimes I do post lukewarm ones. I figured, there usually is something about a book that another person would like that I did not.

I loved learning about how your blog functions; good to know about comment moderation. I also like how you put children's books into sub-sections. I always struggle with that aspect when reading a children's book. I think, in some ways, middle-grade and YA book are subjectively categorized. You have taken care of that problem by lumping them together.

I will be back to your blog.

Comment #32: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:07:32


I post negative reviews if I expected to like a book and didn't. But I won't bother reading a book that I know will be a poor fit for my interests. There's no point in that.

Comment #33: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 13:44:15


2000 reviews is impressive! I'm impressed that you manage to blog everyday! Great job! Happy armchairing!

Comment #34: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:09:34


If my life changes I will scale back on the number of reviews I post each week.

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