Churches, Houses, Songs, Choices | What We’re Reading

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory

In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang how they’re handling the aftermath of the racist attack, and of course, what they’re reading. Here are some of the LJ/School Library Journal staffers’ coping and reading strategies. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews This week, […]

Postholiday Pages | What We’re Reading


After a holiday hiatus, the LJ/SLJ/Junior Library Guild WWR team roars into spring reading.

Ken Liu’s Debut of the Month, P.N. Elrod, Erika Johansen, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, March 15, 2015


Epic fantasy is one of the most popular and longest enduring genres in speculative fiction. This month’s reviews bring a wide variety of choices for readers, with new installments of popular series but also compelling debuts and fresh sequels.

Fiction from Chiang, Johansen; Nonfiction from Marsh, plus Celebrity Writers and Life Up in the Air | Audiobook Reviews


A collection of stories mixes vivid characters, real science, and believable settings with wild speculation; an essential audiobook for libraries, poised to become the next big thing; a comprehensive biography with warmth and perspective

End Your Summer Reading Some Firsts | Wyatt’s World


Johansen’s debut is already on its way to becoming a movie franchise, Jones delivers a suspenseful blend of genres, McNeal evokes the Big Easy of the 1960s, Owen’s setting is spellbinding, Thomas’s sweeping family saga is leisurely paced