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Headshot of me wearing red lipstick Kara Babcock

Kar·a Bab·cock

/ˈkɑɹə ˈbæbˌkɑk/ Listen to how I pronounce my nametitle>

  1. An inveterate reader.
  2. A word goddess.
  3. A force of nature.

Welcome to my personal site, including my blog of 17 years and links to my book reviews, podcasts, and other projects around the web.

Now offering freelance copyediting services!

Find Me Elsewhere

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  • Goodreads
  • Ravelry
  • GitHub
  • LinkedIn

Recent Tweets

Recent Blog Posts

To the bone

I can’t speak for the other teachers in your life, but I am not OK. You know why. But here is the whole story—for posterity?

Why I’m freelancing

I’m not leaving teaching, but I’ve had my moments. This is my attempt to breathe.

Recent Book Reviews

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Just Like Home

4 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


After reading Sarah Gailey’s The Echo Wife last year, I jumped on Just Like Home as soon as it came out—and thanks, by the way, to my library for having a copy available right away! For those who don’t know me, I want to be upfront: I don’t generally read horror. It takes a special kind of speculative-fiction author to get me to do that, and Gailey happens to be such an author.

Vera Crowder…