Carol Mavor’s Reading Boyishly has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. Reviewer Susan Salter Reynolds writes: "It is a sigh of relief, this book, a defense of things that make us feel guilty: nostalgia, apron strings, the "good-enough mother," the lost mother, the nest, the childhood home, the beauty of boys at play. . . . Food and kissing, eating and not eating, boredom and tenderness—Mavor’s is a style to be savored."