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.
"Powerfully relatable. Holmes is able to vividly convey emotions with a soft, subtle touch, those of a lonely nine-year-old boy. I feel the book is most effective when Nathan is interacting with the real world and the story spends too much time in ..."
"What if an infectious disease spread through the world and everyone had to isolate themselves at home to avoid catching the virus? In this science fiction story, a flu pandemic was so bad that the survivors sealed themselves into giant complexes d..."
"A beautiful book and a hard one. Picture poems and connection with others as survival strategies when separated from your family and locked in a cage at the border. Narrator Betita gently tells an honest and searing story."