LJ Best Books 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles. VISIT THE WEBSITE

Meet Megan Winget('s Avatar)

You’ve read about Megan Winget, the University of Texas School of Information assistant professor recently awarded a $255,040 grant to study the collection and preservation of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Now meet her World of Warcraft avatar, Orlai (Level 1 Mage, inset).

Scary, no? But Winget tells LJ she mostly just has an avatar “so I can hang out with my son online—I don’t kill things, so I can’t improve my skill level.”

Her son is a different story. He’s a World of Warcraft Level 23 Warrior (says Winget: “I’m so proud!"). And, though just nine years old, his own avatar, Bruven, totally outdoes Mom’s.