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I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, preferring to have my nose in a book over just about anything else. I usually read multiple books at a time, and I never go anywhere without a book, whether it’s print or an audiobook. When I first decided to become a librarian, my intention was to become a law librarian. But when I went to school for my degree, I learned there was something called Readers Advisory—essentially, recommending books to patrons. What better job could there be? I knew that was the path for me and I’ve been doing that ever since, always frustrated because there are literally so many books and not enough time to read them all!

As a Readers Advisor, I try to read as widely as possible, so I read a little bit of everything. Mystery, science fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, literary fiction, thrillers—you name it. But my favorite genres are speculative fiction, specifically dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction and historical mysteries, and multicultural fiction. Audiobooks are my favorite way to read. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than having someone read to you, which probably comes from being read to as a child. Talented narrators have the ability to bring a book to life and can often be the difference between a good read and a great read. Some of my favorite books have been ones that I listened to, and they seem to stay with me longer. I have a number of favorite narrators, and I regularly return to Jim Dale’s narration of the Harry Potter series.

One of the cardinal rules of reading that librarians will often share is “never apologize for your reading taste” and I believe that. Read what you enjoy. But I also love encouraging readers to step outside their comfort zone and try a book they think they might not like. You never know what worlds might open up to you!

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Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic

Speculative

Historical Fiction/Mysteries

Multicultural

Audiobooks