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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!

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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

Cover image for The Once and Future Witches

The Once and Future Witches

4 out of 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


This was one of those cases of the cover truly attracting me while in my local indie bookshop. I hadn’t read anything by Alix E. Harrow previously, but the title, description, and cover sold me on The Once and Future Witches. And, given the climate of hostility towards women and people of marginalized genders in the United States in 2022, this book set in 1893 feels oddly, uncomfortably familiar.

Taking place from the spring…