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.
"To be honest, this fell short of my vague expectations. Something about the humor and narrative voice didn't quite connect with me. But that's me. It's a lovely, witty story in a cruel setting with lovely illustrations. I have a feeling many reade..."
"Offers names, faces, stories, and empathy for those who exist on the fringes of society--intentionally so, in this case. Engaging and compassionate, thoughtful and gritty. With really wonderful artwork. I enjoyed it."