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.
"Activist Valeria Kaur has spent her career--her life--documenting hate crimes and working to change our landscape that permits them to happen. As a Sikh, she has particularly focused on her religious community, while at the same time spreading her..."
"A tender and sensitive tale of family and first love. Both the characters and MacLachlan communicate much with few words, and readers find themselves feeling deeply during this deceptively simple story."
"A gorgeously illustrated post-apocalyptic sports story in which a type of dodge ball is used to determine the fate of nations. Family, romantic relationships, violence, and survival are all a part of the background events, but the universally broa..."