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 knew a quest into the realm of humans could be so perilous? Or so enthralling and delightful? Someone has wished upon a coin, and now the fairy Ophelia must retrieve that coin to grant the wish. She's sure she's up to the task, but she has sev..."
"A journey into the heart of the Amazon helps Coco discover what lies at the core of her own heart and heal the rifts she feels in her love for her friends, family, and chocolate. Lush, lovely prose and a dash of magical realism create a warm, char..."