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.
"Who wouldn't want to be part of a club named the Ostentation of Others and Outsiders? Well, I would, anyway. And so would each of the four girls in this story. Each is strange in her own way, talented and passionate about her own particular area o..."
"My honest review: I thought the title was brilliant and intriguing, so everything after was a disappointment since it didn't live up to my expectations. Both the wackiness and cleverness could have been much better. However, I don't think the targ..."
"Do you see the gorilla?
Josh and Lucas's teacher shares a video with the class. They are to watch two teams bounce balls around and keep track of how many passes one of the teams makes. Halfway through, someone in a gorilla suit walks through t..."