About This Blog

This blog initially began as a way to keep family and friends involved in what was happening in my life. But in 2007, it evolved into a predominantly literary endeavor. At the end of 2013, I decided it was time to expand my content to become more eclectic. Although you will still find plenty of literary content, I also post about travel, quilting (and other creative ventures), my pets, my thoughts on a variety of topics, and any number of other things that interest me.

Why the Name?

Caribou was my search and rescue dog and my very special friend. In many ways, she was a huge inspiration to me and taught me many lessons about life. Caribou had a “can do” attitude and woke up each day with a smile, happy to start her morning. She loved life and lived it to its fullest. She reminded me daily to be happy in the moment and appreciate the little things. To read more about my beautiful girl, visit the page dedicated to her.

Accepting Books for Review:

I am currently NOT accepting new books for review with VERY rare exceptions. 

As well as here on my blog, I post all my book reviews on Library Thing under the user name Writestuff. I do not post reviews to Amazon for many reasons, one of which is the hostility towards reviewers on that site. To browse all books I have reviewed, please visit my Reviews Page on this blog. All reviews are listed alphabetically by author and separated into Fiction, Short Stories, and Nonfiction categories.

I am also a contributor to the weekly ezine The Piker Press. To browse my electronically published work, please visit my author page there.

Regarding Guest Posts: I don’t do them. Please don’t contact me asking to post content to my site. I no longer respond to those emails.

Disclosure Policy

IDiscloseThis blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.

This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions (including paid promotions of book giveaways or author interviews/guest posts). I write for my own purposes. However, I may be influenced by my background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

I am compensated ONLY with Advance Readers Editions or Review copies of books provided by publicists, publishers, or authors. Although these books are provided in the hopes of a review, a review is not guaranteed, nor is the review (if it is provided) expected to be anything but an honest opinion of the book.  Even though I receive compensation in the form of free books, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those books. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own.

Because of recent confusion across the blog-o-sphere regarding paid content, I include an FTC disclosure on each book-related post where the book was received from the publisher or author for review.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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All the best,


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  1. Thank You so much for reviewing my book. I have perused your blog and I enjoy the way you blend many different themes. I will look even closer when I can take a breather from my tour. Thank you again.

    – Sarah.

    • Wendy on June 30, 2009 at 07:20

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sarah! I have read your books in the past and really loved them…I am looking forward to reading Sacred Hearts and will let you know when I post a review here on Caribousmom. Thanks for the compliments on my site 🙂

  2. Hi Wendy,

    Your site is a very thorough book review site! I’m envious of all your available reading time!

    I’ve added a link to your site on mine and wrote a little blog post about it.


    Keep up the nice work!

  3. Hello there,
    I am just getting my blog up and going. I was hoping you could give me some insights into how you run a book reading challenge. How do you determine who wins, do you give a prize, how do participants register, and how do you advertise the reading challenge? I really appreciate any and all information you could share with me.

    AF Heart

    • Wendy on September 26, 2009 at 07:07

    AF Heart: There really is no right or wrong way to host a reading challenge – make sure you are specific about the parameters of the challenge (ie: the dates it runs, number of books, etc…) and provide a way for people to sign up (either through comments or Mr. Linky). Re: prizes…they are not necessary, but if I do them I usually pick randomly from participants. I simply put a post on my blog…and also run a post at A Novel Challenge blog ( http://novelchallenges.blogspot.com/ )…hope that helps!

    • Donnieboy on October 12, 2009 at 14:15

    Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don’t have the time.
    Oh well maybe one day…. 🙂

    • Nancy Maywar on November 29, 2009 at 13:42

    I just finished reading my BookWomen issue and found you and others who blog. Blogs are new to me. It is so exciting. I’ve added you to my Favorites.

    • Nancy Maywar on November 29, 2009 at 13:44

    Sorry. I don’t have a clue what “awaiting moderation” means

    • jane on February 16, 2010 at 19:12

    hello, I am the one who wannabe an avid reader in Korea. I’ve just opened my blog to put the books I read on record and to write down my book club discussion in English.
    While searching a review about “The Time Traveller’s Wife”, I happened to drop by your blog to find it very amusing and wonderful.
    Now I’m a beginner in blogging an want to learn a lot from you. Thank you.

    • Wendy on February 22, 2010 at 07:41

    Jane: Thanks for visiting – glad you are enjoying my blog! Good luck with the development of yours … I am sure you will be successful with it!

    • Claire Vackar on March 8, 2010 at 11:39

    Hi Wendy. I am an avid reader and came across your blog. I am on Goodreads and Bookcrossing but have never followed anyone’s blog before. I loved your writings on Caribou. She was a beautiful dog and obviously served a wonderful purpose while she was here.

    I’ll look forward to dropping in and getting or giving some good book recommendations in the future.!

  4. Wendy,
    (I hope I have your name right – – )

    A mutual colleague: Denise Thompson pointed me to your blog when I asked her if she knew anyone that may be interested in acting as a “spell checker” for a scientist (me).

    If you are interested in peer review (from a literary perspective), of scientific and engineering papers please let me know.



    • Wendy on March 12, 2010 at 15:17

    Claire: Thank you so much for dropping by my blog – and your kind words are much appreciated. I hope you’ll continue visiting 🙂

    • Wendy on March 24, 2010 at 13:43

    Hi Robert, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you – your comment found its way into my spam folder and I just recently discovered it. I don’t do a lot of scientific reading, so this doesn’t sound like something I could help you with…BUT if I am wrong in my assumption, you can always drop me an email at caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com and we can talk some more 🙂 Say hi to Denise for me 🙂

  5. I am writing from Tor/Forge Publishers. I realize that you do not review science fiction or fantasy (for which Tor is predominantly known) however, our Forge side has a large contingent of mystery, thriller and nonfiction books that might interest you. (After seeing your website, I really hoped you would be interested in some of our stuff, because I love your focus on the role of “fur children” in reading–my own fur child, a 100lb Lacquer black German Shepherd, is an essential component to my reading process, even if he is jealous of books taking my attention for so long. I must also add here that Caribou was a beautiful creature, and I am deeply sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose any dog, but a working companion is even harder).

    If you are interested in getting review copies of our mysteries and/or nonfiction books, please e-mail me directly with your full contact information (and what genres you would like) so that we can get review copies to you.

    Thank you!

  6. Wendy, hi! I am a book publicist (independent) and I work with many discerning literary publishers, right now I have some good fiction; and a lovely memoir — all authors that deserve some good attention. I work frequently with Gilion Dumas and she’s mentioned you to me frequently. Might I send you some books? Books not galleys, right?

    I was touched by your site and seeing that you lost Caribou and Argus so close together, same happened to us, Mingus full golden passed away in July of 2009 and Jasper not a full golden, passed away almost six months to the day. And we are just now considering a new fur member of the family.

    Anyway, back to books, if it’s ok to send please let me know your mailing address. All the best, Mary Bisbee-Beek

  7. Just wanted to let you know our copy of Beatrice and Virgil arrived!

    Many thanks. 😀

    • Quiltgal from the Corral on July 16, 2011 at 16:18

    Hi Wendy,
    This blog site is amazing. I love the quilts you have made, amazing, love how your backing is always interesting. I have been roaming through your site for the last 2 hours and I just can’t get enough. I showed my sister in law who is visiting from Kansas and she is hooked too. So glad I got to meet you and find this wonderful place to lose myself. Happy Quilting!! Carol

    • Wendy on July 18, 2011 at 05:51

    Carol: Yay, you made it!!! Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comment! Hope to see you again soon (at least in September 🙂 )

  8. Thank you once again for the very insightful review of my novel, Wherever You Go. I read it as soon as you posted it but neglected to scroll down on this page to see the opportunity for comments. I have been reading your blog for many months now, and your reviews of literary fiction are truly excellent. Thank you for taking the time to write about –and engage with– serious fiction in such a thoughtful way. (As an aside, I’m pleased to tell you that the paperback of Wherever You Go was just released this week.) All the best, Joan Leegant

    • Margie Adams on August 1, 2011 at 05:43

    Not only do I enjoy your book reviews – discovered as I explored your blog further that you are a quilter.. I am too ! So enjoy this site – will share with my friends and fellow book clubbers.
    Regards from South Africa.

    • Wendy on August 2, 2011 at 06:24

    Joan: Thank you so much for your kind words…and for being a reader of my blog! Congrats on the release of your book in paperback!

    Margie: Quilting and books just seem to go together, don’t they?!?! Thanks for visiting…and for spreading the word 🙂

    • Katy on August 6, 2012 at 09:23

    I came across your blog when I was looking for new books to devour and have loved it ever since. I have an interest in becoming a book reviewer and was going to see if you have any tips? Any help you could give would be great!

      • Wendy on August 7, 2012 at 07:01

      Hi Katy – thanks for being a reader of Caribousmom! If you email me, I’d be glad to answer whatever questions I can about book reviewing and starting a book blog!

    • techeditor on October 3, 2012 at 08:47

    Can’t I subscribe to your blog by email?

    • Michelle on December 4, 2012 at 22:52

    Wendy, I would love to cite your review on Divakaruni’s book, particularly how you describe Cameron. May I have your permission?

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