Goodbyes & Good Books | What We’re Reading


As 2015 ebbed, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang about their favorite books of the year and if anybody had reconsidered an initial review or judgment of a book. Except for Meredith, they (and I) neatly sidestepped that query and instead talked about memoirs, romantic escapes, Byronic detective stories, mythical graphic novels, and diet […]

Bring Out Your Bests | French on Fridays

The glamour, grit, and buzzwords of book criticism

On with the Show | What We’re Reading


This week, “What We’re Reading” staffers go to the movies (and to the theater, the zoo, and on a quick trip to the land of dragons) as antidote to real life.

Vive le Livre & More | What We’re Reading


A salute to Paris from the LJ/SLJ/JLG “What We’re Reading” team this week.

Back to the Books | What We’re Reading

Ten Days a Madwoman

WWR readers take a quick breath after numerous end-of-year duties and plunge into reading!

Books for the Win, Books for the Scare | What We’re Reading


Spooky and not-so-spooky book blurbs from the ghouls and ghosts who prowl the hallways of LJ/School Library Journal, plus a field trip to the Theatre Library Association Book Awards ceremony at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Black Dogs and Best Books | French on Fridays


More dog books and costume choices this week as Halloween looms.

Juxtapositions | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” gang reads books together and apart this week.

Match Books | French on Fridays

I’m sad and happy all at once—surely you know that feeling—to bid farewell to several coworkers and “What We’re Reading” contributors. Ashleigh Williams left a week ago and there’s a hole in the heart of the SLJ/LJ bookroom. She shared many great WWR blurbs during her time as SLJ, and I will miss that. Then […]

Books & Not Books | What We’re Reading


I asked my colleagues at LJ/School Library Journal and Junior Library Guild about their favorite animal books last week, having discovered a reprint of British illustrator Lucy Dawson’s delightful 1936 title Dogs As I See Them (HarperDesign). The response on the pets front was, shall we say, muzzled (except for Henrietta Verma—thank you!), but as […]