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.
"A fun and unique adventure in introspection. Josie finds herself isolated and stranded in unexpected adulthood after her high school dreams of stardom crashed rudely into the real world. She also finds an escape in a pair of magical glasses that a..."
"Sophisticated yet playful writing creates a timeless and charming tone for this story of a slightly cranky recluse with a life ruled by routine and habit who finds himself challenged with the burden of a new roommate who brings spontaneity and cha..."