11 Wonderful Contemporary YA Novels

Teens and young adults sometimes get a bad rap in popular culture. When I was one myself, I was terrible, but having worked with teenagers professionally since then, I know that they’re great. They may lack life experience, but often they more than make up for it in enthusiasm and curiosity. So here are some of my fave contemporary YA… Read more »

30+ Great Comics For Young Children

Here’s a set of happy, fun comics and comic/picture book blends appropriate for even the youngest kiddos. They’re all books I enjoy even as an adult, with high quality art and engaging stories. Older kids will find plenty to adore here too. (Good Superheroes for Kids and Teens is where all the supes live, organized by age level.) The way… Read more »

6 Contemporary Romance Novels I Adore

I never expected to become a romance reader, but I should have! After all, I have a passionate love for the X-Men, which is basically a soap opera. (With people shooting lasers out of their eyes.) Romances withOUT people shooting lasers out of their eyes are great too, so here’s a roundup of some of my favorite contemporary romance novels… Read more »

9 Graphic Novels That Remind Me of Indie Film

When I think of my favorite indie films, I think of intensely personal stories with small casts, both fiction and documentaries. Not to stereotype, because independent filmmakers can and do make all kinds of movies. But these graphic novels remind me of the smaller indie films that tell human-scale stories with compassion and artistry. Hope you find something here to… Read more »

9 Gay & M/M Romance Novels About Queer Guys Healing

I don’t normally post romance roundups that are all one gender pairing/combination. But apparently I’ve read and liked a LOT of romance novels where two queer dudes fall in love, and the dude who is in pain finds life easier to deal with now that he has some love and support. So here we are. Hope you find something new… Read more »

14 Graphic Novels About Growing Up

The graphic novel format is used to tell a variety of stories. When I looked at my favorite comics that didn’t have people in capes, superpowers, or anything blowing up, I realized many had a common theme: growing up. They also have wonderful art and characters you can really root for. The way my life is organized these days, it’s… Read more »

11 New Adult Romance Novels That Won My Heart

— This post was updated in November 2020 with even MORE books. Happy reading! — I wouldn’t relive my early 20s for a million dollars, but I apparently love a good new adult romance novel (or novella or short story). Here’s a set of my faves, including several picks with main characters who aren’t in college, since that’s not everyone’s… Read more »

15 Must-Read Graphic Novels About War

I normally start my comics posts with a friendly and inviting comments, but for this one, the importance of the subject matter speaks for itself. Here’s a list of my favorite comics about war, both real and fictional. Good art, good storytelling, serious topic, all worth your time. The way my life is organized these days, it’s tough for me… Read more »

6 Graphic Novels About the Dark Side of Superpowers

Sometimes when a fictional person gains the power to fly, see through walls, or shoot lasers from their eyes, bad things happen. To them, or to people around them. Here’s a list of my fave comics about the dark side of superhero-ing. Hope you find something new and compelling to read! Before we jump in: All comics here can be… Read more »