Geeking, Freaking, Sneaking, and Swimming | What We’re Reading

morgue

This week in the School Library Journal /Library Journal stacks, staffers are perusing murder by man and animal; spies; cult TV shows; boarding schools/riding camps; and fun times with werewolves. It’s a September smorgasbord of reading! Ian Chant, Associate Editor, News & Features, LJ I just finished The Jennifer Morgue (Ace) by Charles Stross, which […]

Nearly End of Summer | What We’re Reading

Teacher

As summer unofficially comes to a close, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are parsing pop culture, reading about sex-ed teachers, finding reasons to live and to die, and sleuthing the mysteries within and without. Happy post–Labor Day reading, and here’s to nearly three more weeks of official summer! Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJ I’m currently reading Tom Perrotta’s […]

Magic, Mystery, and Ghosts | What We’re Reading

The Voice Is All

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading some standard summer fare: indulgent YA fantasy, author biographies, pulpy mystery, far-away ghost stories. Take a break from the quotidian with us.

Macho Classics, Mean Wit, and Maria Semple | What We’re Reading

All the Pretty Horses

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading some devasting children’s literature, particularly savory romance, smart and serious discussions of education reform, a popular page-turner, and classics that disappoint or challenge in various ways. Dig in! It’s a hearty offering.

Logos, Lost Films, and the Life of Montaigne | What We’re Reading

rathbones

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading practical books, spooky books, and books to savor.

Heaven, Hell, and Growing Up | What We’re Reading

Gaiman

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading books that harken back to childhood, whether picking up a much loved favorite or a new book about growing up. Stephanie has reported a lot of laughing on the subway with her villainous book, and I’m reading about about future heavens and hells. Meredith, meanwhile, is still reading The Atlas of New Librarianship.

Murderous Inspiration and Not So Guilty Pleasures | What We’re Reading

Florence

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading lots of smart, fun books. We’ve got political zombie YA, especially smart sci fi, and the nonfiction inspiration for Hannibal Lecter. In this edition of What We’re Reading, Meredith also makes a particularly brave admission vis-à-vis her progress on a scholarly book about librarianship. What books are you—very slowly—reading?

White Girls and Dead Dogs | What We’re Reading

White Girls

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading zombie recipes, advice columns, romance novels, essay collections, memoir, and some literary fiction here and there. Who says we aren’t an eclectic bunch?

Gender Struggles | What We’re Reading

Vonnegut

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffer reads involve struggling with gender stereotypes in fantasy books, computer games, and 19th-century England. In other news, LJ Executive Editor Josh Hadro is reading Vonnegut’s last book of essays, and I have yet not kicked my audiobook habit. Kate DiGirolomo, Editorial Assistant, LJ I’ve started The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real […]

Murderous Monologs, Dying Suns, and a Library Deluge | What We’re Reading

Sword of the Lictor

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are getting cozy with  tales of murder and with children’s literature. SLJ‘s Shelley Diaz and Chelsey Philpot are both reading Bennett Madison’s September Girls (HarperCollins) and I’m listening to an audiobook full of crunchy, creaky words: armiger, chiliarch, cacogen, exultant, optimate, destrier, undine. If you see me murmuring to myself on the […]

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