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.
"This is the story of a boy trying to make sense of himself, humanity, and existence, after having spent his entire sixteen years locked away with just seven other people, hiding in an underground complex while the destruction everything at the han..."
"Michael has always hated his remedial English teacher, Mr. Haberman, partly because of the mocking way he addresses Michael and his friends as "gentlemen." Because it's obvious to everyone in their small town school that Michael, Tommy, ..."