For those who haven’t explored my site thoroughly (shame on you, what are you doing with your life?), you may not know that when you let your mouse hover over the “Books” page at the top of the site, four more options appear.
The third, “Illinois Awards,” is a great place to go if you want recommendations on Middle Grade or Young Adult books. Each year, librarians and teachers in Illinois compile a list of around twenty books for middle and high school students to vote on to determine the states’ favorite. I just added the Lincoln Award list (for 9th-12th graders), and it has several of my favorite books on it! I added links to my reviews, and I hope to add more as I make my way through the lists.
The fourth, “Recommended,” is my one-stop-shop for your book-related needs. Rather than creating lists based upon genre or age level, I decided to sort my recommendations by type of Reading Need. For instance, my “Give Me a Series So Engrossing I’ll Start Thinking It’s Real Life” is perfect for the summer, when you have a lot of time on your hands and you want to trick your brain into believing that elves live just beyond your vacation cabin in the woods. I’ve just updated this page to include the books I’ve read most recently. Check it out, and let me know if you agree or find something intriguing!