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How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

I’ve worked in libraries, on and off, for the past 13 years. When I’m not working in them, I’m still there all the time, and have been since I was a wee little child. I’m still not an expert on the back rooms, but I can tell you the biggest thing people don’t understand about how libraries…… Continue reading How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

Children's & Middle Grade · Picture Books · Queer · YA

Banned Books Week 2017

It’s Banned Books Week, and I forgot! Fortunately Eclectic Alli reminded me with her Banned Book Bloggers of the Last Minute linkup. Everyone is welcome! Instead of just doing a review this year or even several reviews, I thought what we’d do is take a look at the top ten most-challenged books of last year…… Continue reading Banned Books Week 2017

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · YA

3 Books on Queer Reading and Librarianship

You know how sometimes you’re just living your life and all of a sudden you’re doing a research project? That’s just me? Okay. The point is I got super interested in whether or not queer librarianship was a thing, and if so, what are the going concerns. Turns out it is, of course it is, and…… Continue reading 3 Books on Queer Reading and Librarianship

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · YA

Skulduggery Pleasant, a Feminist Middle-Grade Goth-Action-Fantasy Genius of a Book

I don’t think I’ve talked about Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy on this blog before, which is an inexplicable oversight on my part because it’s one of my all-time favorite books! Quite a genre-bender, it walks the line between middle grade and YA, not to mention fantasy and horror. I like to think of it as “The…… Continue reading Skulduggery Pleasant, a Feminist Middle-Grade Goth-Action-Fantasy Genius of a Book

Fantasy · Queer · Romance · YA

Book Riot Recs: Queer YA and Romance

As promised, I bring you Book Riot Read Harder Challenge recommendations! This post will cover the two queer-related challenge prompts (YA and romance), and I’ll have another post on Saturday for the two comic-specific ones (here). Suggestions are a mix of books I love and books high on my to-read list! YA/Middle Grade by an…… Continue reading Book Riot Recs: Queer YA and Romance

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Sci-Fi · YA

Artemis Fowl: A Study in Underestimation

This year I finally finished the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer in its entirety. This is a series I loved when I was younger, but I didn’t stay caught up with new releases, so I ended up not reading the last three or four books. In the past two years I re-listened to all…… Continue reading Artemis Fowl: A Study in Underestimation

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Nonfiction · Queer · Sci-Fi · YA

2016 Book Diversity

As I did in 2015 and 2014, I kept track of diversity in my reading this year. Basically I count books with female authors, books with female protagonists, and books related to queer/race/disability issues (protagonist, author, or prominent theme). (For recommendations, see my Goodreads page or my yearly book survey!) Mostly I do this because it…… Continue reading 2016 Book Diversity

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

2016 Book Survey!

Welcome to the 2016 book survey, designed and hosted by Perpetual Page-Turner! I read exactly 300 books! (Not a coincidence, I realized mid-December that I was at 282 and went on a bender to make 300). The survey is super fun, makes it easier to compare books meaningfully, and keeps the “favorites” list a year-wide thing…… Continue reading 2016 Book Survey!

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

Bookriot 2016 Read Harder Challenge Recap

  I completed the Bookriot Read Harder Challenge! Back in July I posted a list of queer books matching each challenge prompt, and this will be a list of the books I actually read. (Only a few of them overlap, because I always try to fill challenges with books already high on my TBR). Here’s a…… Continue reading Bookriot 2016 Read Harder Challenge Recap