Hi, I’m Carrie. This is Cat on the Bookshelf, a book blog featuring young adult literature and the occasional cat.

Most of my content is book reviews. Of the book reviews, most of the books I write about are young adult, but I will slip in some middle grade and adult literature. I post my thoughts about the structure of books and series, quotes, and reading technology. Some of the topics from my literature courses will appear here. I post pretty frequently for the Book Traveling Thursdays meme, which examines covers of a chosen book from around the world. Frequency of posts depends on how busy life gets with work or school, but I try for once or twice a week.

The name for my blog came from Charles Wysocki’s Frederick the Cat, which I am using for my banner. The name comes from the content of the painting rather than the title itself.

I’m an English major who has a particular love of children’s and young adult literature. One non-unique thing: I want to write novels. I’ve volunteered for children’s events at the library, worked in a library for a few months, and I’m taking some education-focused children’s and young adult literature classes at university. I read a lot of fan fiction during breaks, so some of that sneaks onto the blog. Non-book related things about me: I like studying religion/spirituality, taking pictures of architecture or nature that catch my eye, learning languages, and watching The Nutcracker all through the holidays.

A few favorite authors: Cassandra Clare, Anne Rice, and Philippa Gregory.

Some favorite books: Harry Potter series, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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Come climb the shelves with me! We’ll find some great books and pause to chat about bookish things.


17 thoughts on “About

  1. Are you an INFO? I saw you retweeted my post on INFPs. We can’t talk there because I have a private account & we’re not connected, but I was peeking through the classics you’ve written about here & they’re tailor-made for an INFP. 🙂 Just wanted to say hello!


    1. Uh, INFO means INFP. I have typed so much {writer} I’ve worn all the letters off my keyboard! So I have to guess keys and sometimes miss. 😛


    2. Hi! I’m an INFJ with a weak J, so I think I’m INFP a good portion of the time. I tend to look at information and pages for both INFP and INFJ. I didn’t know those classics were made for INFP, so I guess that’s my INFP side kicking in.


    3. I’m trying to figure out how you know which books are made for INFP or other personality types. How do you know they are? Does it have to do with characters or themes? I’ve never thought about books fitting a certain Myers-Briggs personality type before.


      1. Oh, ha! I’m sorry! I’m just speaking on hunch. I have no actual knowledge on the topic. I am an INFP & recognize by what you read that you likely are as well. I base that on selections like Peter Pan, Hans Christian Anderson, L.M. Montgomery, The Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz. Those are fanciful tales, which reflect the INFP spirit. {We have a childlike imagination, apparently, & enjoy fantasy.} Your choice of The Handmaid’s Tale is {in my humble opinion} more a reflection of your INFJ side {socially aware}. Really I am just chattering. You wouldn’t find most INTJs reading & enjoying Peter Pan. That’s all I’m saying. I will wander off now as I clearly have no idea what I’m saying. 🙂

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