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.
"It's hard to kill a god, even with the end of the world (i.e. Ragnarok). Loki's essence lives on, incorporeal, imprisoned, drifting, watching, waiting, until finally an opportunity presents itself. He finds his release through the power of story, ..."
"Excellent fun. Told in two distinct, alternating voices that provide quite different perspectives on events. The human child shows nice character growth; the alien cat, thankfully, does not, staying evil to the end. That conquering emperor was bet..."
"A passable start to a new series. There are plenty of excellent ingredients to stir the imagination and keep readers caught up in the adventure and intrigue, so it's worth recommending and I'm sure will be popular.
However, I didn't find Sage's..."