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 quietly powerful story of a refugee experience. Jamieson and Mohamed craft the tale of Mohamed's youth lived in a refugee camp in Kenya, parent-less and responsible for his developmentally impaired younger brother after fleeing war in their nati..."
"Bullied, unloved-feeling Rose is thrilled to stumble into a magical land where everyone adores her as the prophesied hero, until she discovers their plan is to sacrifice her to the Abomination to appease its hunger. An all-volunteer band of brave ..."
"A moving tale from a little-known historical refugee experience. In the 1930s Japan sent citizens to settle the newly acquired territories of its expanding empire, including Manchuria in northern China. When Japan lost the war in 1945, these settl..."