About


Why I Blog about Books: 

I've been blogging about the books I read, the libraries I visit, and other bookish topics since January 2010. I started this blog shortly after stepping down as a manger at Borders. Although I continued to work as a part-time bookseller until the company's demise, I missed the daily interaction with books and book people. This blog helped fill that void. During the past six years of blogging about books, I've made some wonderful friends.

In both real life and online, my tribe is book people. 

NEW in December 2016: I'm now also a book podcaster! I am 1/2 of the team that makes up the Book Cougars: Two Middle Aged Women on the Hunt for a Good Read. My co-host is Emily Fine. We met because of the podcast Books on the Nightstand, which we talk about in episode one.  I'd be honored if you'd give us a listen!


Book Cougars Podcast - Chris Wolak and Emily Fine (bookcougars.com)

 

About Me: 

Most of my adult life has been spent working with or around books. I've worked as a college English professor, a bookseller & district marketing manager for Borders, and in both academic and public libraries. I've also held jobs in factories, hospitals, and served in the Marine Corps. Originally from Chicago, I now call Connecticut home. My non-bookish interests include hiking, paddling, road trips, and gardening.

WildmooBooks . . . why the goofy name?  

I have an affinity for cows and years ago my mom gave me a cow print sweater (I swear it was in fashion at the time). I was often moo'd at by students and friends when wearing said sweater, which morphed into calling me Moo. Then one day while driving a little too fast (behavior I do not condone) the words "wild" and "moo" came together and there you have it. I also like to draw and the cow in my logo above is one of my cartoon characters. WildmooBooks seemed like fun name for a blog and, as a recovering literary snob, it helps ensure I don't take myself too seriously.

Review Policy

I'm happily reading through my TBR list, but am often open to review copies in these categories:
  • Crime Fiction/Mystery: Translated or new releases of classics. No serial killers or extreme violence. I don't read true crime.
  •  Memoir/Biography: By or about women, LGBTQ, writers, military. Generally not interested in religious stories unless they're along the lines of Armstrong's The Spiral Staircase or Merton's The Seven Story Mountain.
  •  Library: Architecture, general history, specific library.
Please email me at chris at wildmoobooks.com if you have a book you'd like me to consider.

Thanks for visiting.

Happy reading!

Chris

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