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Best Reads of 2016

Hey, look, it’s still January! (Please let it still be January when I finish this post, please, please, please) Oh, 2016. What a year. I read 106 books last year without much effort; yes, I met my annual “read 100 books” marker, but not by much. This is actually the fewest books I’ve read in […]

Best Reads of 2015

Hello again, friends! It’s the end of 2015, and time to talk about the Best Books of the Year! Or maybe just the verrrrry beginning of 2016? When 2015 is still pretty fresh on your mind? Okay fine. It’s damn near April. But, by gum, I’m posting this freaking top ten list if it kills […]

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

#1 The Magicians series by Lev Grossman Oh boy. Here’s a review that has been a long time coming. Almost an entire calendar year coming! I read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians at the tail end of December, just as I was finishing up my end-of-the-year book awards, my Cybils reading, a spate of professional reviews. […]

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

#2 Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Here’s a book I really, really, really don’t need to tell you about. It needs no introduction. No signal boost. I have no information that you haven’t already gathered, either from reading the book yourself or just from existing on the BookInternet for more than a few minutes in […]

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

#3 Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Well, I’m having trouble figuring out how to talk about this book. I came in with few expectations – I haven’t read Salvage the Bones yet, this wasn’t a required read, and it wasn’t a big “buzz book” that I’d heard tons of opinions on. I thought it […]

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

#4 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh Allow me to direct your attention back to a Best Reads post I wrote way back in 2011 about a little book called Charlotte’s Web. I’m not quite as anti-Western Canon as I used to be in my younger years, probably because A) I’ve liked a lot of […]

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

 #5 The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach Hey! Back to the countdown! Woohoo! Thinking about Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding this morning has me yet again questioning what I value in a book; or, more specifically, what I value in a reading experience. There is a difference between the two measures. To me, […]

Best New (to me) Authors of 2014

It’s always great to discover a fantastic new author whose books you just adoorrreeee. What’s better: discovering a fantastic old author with a hefty backlist that you can work your way through. Here are some (already popular and reasonably prolific) authors I was delighted to “discover” in 2014. Meg Wolitzer The Interestings was possibly *the […]

Best Book Covers of (the books I read in) 2014

Librarian Confession: I judge books by their covers. All the time. And I have to say that in the past few years I’ve seen a clear trend emerging – book covers are just getting better and better, across the board. I looked through the books I’ve read this year and plucked out the best of […]

The Circle by Dave Eggers

#6. The Circle by Dave Eggers Longtime readers might recall my fraught relationship with the almighty Dystopia. I used to be in love, I did indeed.  But after the arrival of The Hunger Games,  the world caught onto my secret joy and turned the humble dystopian sub-genre into a sea of romantic trilogies. And that, […]