As a librarian and avid reader, I hear the phrase “this is an important book” a lot. And while it’s true that there are many “important” books out there, sometimes these books are tough to read. Whether it’s the subject matter or the length or the writing style, “important” books sometimes sit on my shelf, unread. Gender Queer is an “important” book that is smart and accessible and a title that I would recommend to everyone, regardless of how they identify.
I chose this book for one of my reading challenges this year based on nothing more than the good reviews it was receiving. I didn’t know much about it and was hoping that I wouldn’t be disappointed. Wow, was this a good book and I am so glad that I read it. I have already recommended it to a few friends and am eager to hear what they think.
This was a book I read for one of the many book clubs I am in and I am so glad I got the chance to finally pick it up as I had heard great things about it since it was published. This book did not disappoint and in fact exceeded my expectations. This is a highly recommend book for me.
Oh Evelyn Hugo, I adore you. For a while now, I have had friends whose book tastes I trust tell me that I needed to read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.” So when my book club chose it for their monthly read, I was excited to finally have a reason to pick it up. I expected a quick, light read about a Hollywood starlet and her various relationships and scandals. What I didn’t expect was a heart-breaking, humorous, intriguing story that left me thinking about it for days after I had finished. I cannot recommend this book enough.
This book was on my radar because I was looking for something to meet a reading challenge prompt of: a novel by a Trans or non-binary author. Thanks to Goodreads, I found this book and saw the amazing reviews it had. It ended up being a tough, emotional, absorbing look at what it’s like to be Trans in the world today. I would highly recommend it.
Werewolves? Baristas? Magic? Gay best friend? Young Adult? I had been wanting to read Moonstruck for a while, ever since I heard about it really, because of all the awesome things I had heard about it and the themes it explored. While I am glad I finally got to experience, I found that the idea and concept turned out better than the reality. I thought it was fun and a quick read but ultimately wanted more.
This graphic novel was beautifully drawn and had an amazing story to match. I am SO here for teen and young adult books that feature characters from different backgrounds and different lifestyles. What I liked about this book was the level of acceptance that was shown to the Prince and the message that everyone is unique and that’s ok. The author, Jen Wang, does a great job of sending a message without being preachy.
Well, this was one of the cutest comics I have ever read. I saw this comic pop up on a few lists of “must reads” and then it was discussed in a meeting I had with other librarians so I knew I had to read it. What I had heard was basically this: it’s about a college hockey player, who used to be a figure skater, and who likes to bake pies. Based on that description, how could I not pick this up?? If I could, this review would just be me saying over and over again “oh my gosh, this is so cute” and “I am so in love with Bitty” and “I can’t take how amazing this comic is…” suffice to say, this book exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it.
I can honestly say I have never read a book like this before. As such, I have had a hard time writing this review because it defies most categories. Is this book comedy? Satire? Science-Fiction? Horror? It has all these elements but manages to tell a cohesive story that kept me intrigued until the very end, even though I had no idea where the story was going most of the time. I even struggled with figuring out what this book was actually about. Despite this confusion, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the recently announced sequel.