SUMMARY: We Need More Shelves is a simple site from Jan McClintock that includes book reviews, art I love, and reference links for readers. Favorite genres are historical mystery, historical fiction, light fantasy and science-fiction, adventure (especially pulp fiction) and non-fiction history. I occasionally review biographies and memoirs and contemporary mysteries. I seldom read romance. I never read horror or erotica. I will always write a fair review, but not necessarily a positive one. However, I seldom read anything I really hate, and I never trash books or authors.
I created this review site for my own pleasure, and I am thrilled that you’ve gone far enough to find this page!
I own many physical books, as does my husband, thus the title of the blog. We need more shelves in our little house to hold our library. After all, you can never have too many books.
I’m a reader, not a collector, but I keep books I really enjoy and know I will read again. I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers, read mostly ebooks using the Kindle app on my iPad, and listen to many audiobooks.
I am a fairly voracious reader and often have two or three books going at the same time (as long as they’re from different genres). I like to read series books in order. I don’t skip ahead and I hate spoilers. If I don’t like a book, I don’t finish it for the sake of finishing it—I move on to another.
I should own stock in Amazon.com . . . I love Half Price Books and Audible.com. Some of my favorite sources of books are listed on My Favorite Book Links.
Favorite genres are historical mystery, historical fiction, light fantasy and science-fiction, adventure (especially pulp adventures), non-fiction history, and we own many reference books on everything from writing and editing to bird field guides and shotguns.
As an editor, I must force myself to ignore poor grammar and convoluted prose. I believe if an author puts their blood, sweat, and tears into a book, they should care enough about the results to have it edited professionally.
I am a cover snob, I admit it. I love a good book cover and I know what makes one great. Check this Pinterest board to see which covers I admire. It’s just one of my boards about books.