My 10 Reading Resolutions for 2016

Here they are…

1.  Read some bigger books
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Yah, I read 60 books in 2015, but a lot of them were less than 300 pages. This is mostly the product of me working as a children’s librarian. This year, I was more in the mood for… I also had an appetite for thrillers, which tend to be on the shorter side. In 2016, I want to read more emotionally and physically heavy adult books, like A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.

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The Top 10 Books I Read in 2015

I put together a list of 10 of the best books that I read in 2015. It took me forever. For some reason, it’s much easier for me to write about books I hate than it is to write about books I like… never mind books I love. But I tried.

Not all of these were published in 2015, although a surprising number of them were… I didn’t realize that I’d read so many new books this year until I made this list. Choosing only 10 was tough. Some of my honorable mentions include Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Long Walk by Stephen King, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and The Diviners by Libba Bray.

10. George by Alex Gino (2015), read in December

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George is a sweet, middle grade tale written by first time author and trans* rights activist Alex Gino. George knows she’s a girl, and feels like it might be time to tell everyone, by auditioning to play Charlotte in her 4th grade play. This novel is simple and straightforward. It’s not too sentimental, nor too depressing. Children will be able to relate to George, even if they’re not transgender, and adults will both feel George’s pain and admire her spirit.

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2015 Reading Survey

[Stole this off someone at Goodreads, so don’t give me credit for it.]

Answered some fun questions about the books I read this year. Tomorrow (or so) I’ll post my top favorite and least favorite books of the year in their proper orders. Shouldn’t be too hard. 

Best Book You Read In 2015? Ug… can I really decide right now? Ok… going with my gut and saying In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s brilliant. Capote was brilliant. Read it.

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To Read: Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 Nominees

Last year, I had a blast making my way through as many Goodreads Choice Awards Nominations as I could. (Final paper grades probably suffered because of it. Oh well, I graduated.) I discovered a lot of books that I liked (Bad Feminist, The Fourteenth Goldfish, In the Blood), and had fun reviewing one that I hated (Love Letters to the Dead). So I decided to make a TBR (to-be-read) list from 2015’s nominees. Obviously it will be impossible to read everything on this list before the voting closes at the end of the month, but I’m going to do my best.

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My Favorite Disturbing Books

The other day, I posted a list of some books that are perfect to read to your little one on Halloween. Well, when I’m not reading stuff about fluffy puppies, I often like to venture into worlds of murder, abuse, and psychological torment. Why? I’m not too sure. Watch this video to get some ideas. Of course, do that after you check out this nice, Halloween-related list for grown-ups. I tried to pick books that are not only gross and depraved, but are also well-written and thought-provoking.

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10 Best Picture Books for Halloween

I started working as a children’s librarian two months ago. It’s kind of the best job ever. I get to read all the new picture books that come our way, and ’tis the season for stories about… I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of books you can read to your kids/students/siblings/nieces+nephews/drunk 25-year-old friends this October. Five oldies and five titles that were published in either 2014 or 2015.

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