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.
"An excellent combination of humor and superheroes. Good action, clever wit, and just enough character development to give it heart. My kids loved it and I was entertained. This one stands out from the rest."
"An engaging, almost-swashbuckling tale of adventure and danger in the nearly-nautical setting of port city-state Nagspeake. My first Kate Milford book was Greenglass House, and this provides some of the history for that story's setting. Whereas I ..."
"A wonderful exercise in compassion, understanding, and openness. Montgomery has spent her life studying and writing about animals for what they are, and in this book she shifts the focus to what animals have taught her about herself. In short essa..."