I'm a Youth Services Librarian who, unsurprisingly, has always loved books. Most of what you'll see here will be chapter books and teen novels--though I do storytimes and love picture books, there are just too many for me to rate them all. Every so often I make time for an adult book as well.
I try to read widely so that I can help all kinds of readers, though I do find myself gravitating toward:
- Character-centric books
- First-person narrators
- Darkly atmospheric
- Darker subject matter
- "Literary" books
- Absurd humor
- Meta humor
- "Guy books"
- Graphic novels
Concerning the rating scale below, sometimes I wonder if I'm not guilty of inflated scoring. It may be, but I instead like to think I'm selective about what I choose to read, avoiding the bad ones for the most part, and am generous about finding each book's appeal factors, rating it from the perspective of the target audience. My goal is to find good things to read and help you do the same.
"Familiar with Big Nate, I expected good illustrations with plenty of silliness, puns, and clever humor, but I was surprised to also find a rousing adventure and heroic quest. It's an excellent combination that had me cheering for the heroes even a..."
"Moxie is a bold, spunky, and opinionated detective in search of a new partner since her best friend has just moved away. Then the school mascot goes missing and she has two cases to solve. She is brashly willing to break rules and civility in her ..."
"Perfectly creepy. Siblings Lucy and Oliver discover magic is real not through wonder and delight, but fear and despair. Thankfully, they are up to the challenge of fighting back. They are likable and sympathetic protagonists, with the story altern..."