books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 

 

I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results

 

Check these out! I had not even heard of many of these titles before--which, actually, goes to show how valuable this kind of award can be, not only because of what you usually think of awards as doing--recognizing achievements--but raising the profiles of independent publications that can be overshadowed by Big Six bestsellers. They award gold, silver, and bronze medals in 75 categories, covering an impressively wide range of topics, so there are many, many books to browse and discover here.