About Me

Sarah S. Davis, founder and blogger of Broke by Books


If I had to choose to live without books or medicine for the rest of my life, I would live without medicine. I absolutely believe in the transformative power of stories in all their forms. Broke By Books is the manifestation of my passion for sharing stories of others and some of my own.


I attended the University of Pennsylvania and majored in English, receiving my BA in 2011. I studied mainly 17th-to-20th century British prose and poetry, with a little creative writing and film thrown in the mix. I fell in love with the Victorians because I felt so close to people who were obsessed with stories, just like me. Crowds of people across the globe spellbound by Dickens’ sagas, copycat versions of Sherlock Holmes, pulpy penny dreadfuls populated with scandal and genuine urban terror…these Victorians knew what it was like when fiction matters.


After graduation I worked as a content developer and copyeditor. Later, I was hired as a Kirkus Reviews book reviewer and got addicted to the thrill of writing about my passion—books—for a living. I left my office job, took an internship at an academic library, and enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, from which I graduated in May 2017.


Since creating this blog in November 2014 I have started writing about books regularly for Book Riot, Psych Central, Kirkus Reviews, Book Rags, Barnes and Noble, and EBSCO’s NoveList. I also work for a major publishing house as a freelance copywriter who writes promotional copy and a copyeditor who works with authors through the developmental and editing stages of publication. I am a Research Editor at Instaread. I’m also a Content Strategist and Librarian in Residence at Koios.


I live in suburban Philadelphia with my two lovely cats, Jon Snow and Minerva, and love to read and cook when I’m not writing fiction of my own. In January 2018, I’ll be starting the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


You can read more about the blog’s vision statement, mission, and history here. Take a look around the site and let me know if you have any questions or if there’s a review you’d like to see. You can read more about my freelance writing and editing services here and my library and information science background here.


You can contact me through my email: sarahsdaviswrites(at)gmail(dot)com


  1. hi Sara,

    Really enjoyed this blog post about book blogging ideas:


    I was hoping we could re-version it for BookMachine. Perhaps a shorter version?

    The BookMachine site gets around 11,000 views a month from publishing professionals – so is a great promotional tool for you, and we would of course link back to your blog and feature you as a profiled blogger.

    Would this be of interest? I hope so.

    Please let us know.


  2. Indre Page

    Love the name of your blog!

  3. Hi, Thanks so much for your tips for aspiring book bloggers I have found them very useful in setting up my new blog. I couldn’t comment on that page so I am doing so here.

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