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 group of boys ride their bikes out of town on a country road in search of adventure and excitement on a starry night, having made a pact not to stop until they have found what they are looking for. One at a time they all turn back until only a s..."
"From the appearance I was expecting something even sillier and more outrageous--and think it would better for it. Nevertheless, this hero's tale has no small amount of absurdity, humor, character growth, and Norse mythology. It's an epic bit of fo..."
"While I would love to review this book in a vacuum, honesty doesn't allow it. My entire experience reading it was colored by my previous experience with Smith's books, which I love. This, however, felt a bit too familiar, a retread of those other ..."