Today @KirkusReviews...

...I talk about Kelly Loy Gilbert's Conviction:

Woof. Conviction is a TOUGH book. It’s a courtroom drama, a mystery, a coming-of-age tale, and a story about family. It’s about brothers, about fathers and sons, about patterns repeating themselves over time. About how we push people away when we most need their support, about how a lack of self-worth can be contagious; about how desperation and pain can lead to psychological abuse and violence, about how emotionally confusing abuse can be, about how NOT AT ALL SIMPLE it is.

My eyesssssss.

I'm not kidding, it really is that bright in person.

Anyway, so: WILL THE WEEDING EVER END?

(Answer, in case you were wondering: No, no it will not.)

Today @BookRiot (yes, again)...

...I've got a guest post up about Book Recommendation Engines—this time, instead of looking at them separately, I made them face off against each other in a CAGE MATCH:

In Corner #1, we have Your Next Read, the self-learning engine that relies on user ratings and suggestions to build an image-based map of recommendations.

In Corner #2, we have What Should I Read Next, the text-based contender that uses user-entered booklists to create connections between seemingly disparate titles.

In Corner #3, we have NoveList, the database for fans of Boolean operators that matches books by subject heading, tone, and genre.

And finally, in Corner #4, we have Goodreads, the website best known for being a hotbed of literary snark and GIF-heavy book reviews, but which also provides personalized recommendations based on “20 billion data points.”

Today @BookRiot...

...I have a guest post up about My Fictional Childhood Best Friends:

Thankfully, even during the loneliest of my lonely years—CURSE YOU, FIFTH GRADE—I always had books. More specifically, in books, I found my people long before I found them in real life. These were the girls who kept me going, who reminded me that I wasn’t alone, who gave me hope that someday, somehow, I would be accepted for who I was, that I would be comfortable with my peers, that I would be comfortable with myself.

wanted to include Emily Byrd Starr—she's so much more of a kindred spirit for me than Anne Shirley was—but I didn't discover her until a few years ago, so.

Yesterday @KirkusReviews...

...I wrote about the books I'm planning to entertain myself with on the way to BEA:

Next week, I’ll throw some clothes in a bag and head down to New York for three days of author events, panel discussions, upcoming books, old friends, new friends, and inescapable, overwhelming crowds. This year, I decided against the bus (the money saved doesn’t make up for the endless trip) and I decided against flying (such a pain, with the shoes off and the shoes on and random hand swabbing and the screening process that seems to change every single time), and so this year, I’ll be taking the train.

OBVIOUSLY I have to pack themed reading material, right? Here’s what I’ve picked out so far.

Andddddd, UPDATE: I couldn't wait, and already read 1222. IT WAS AWESOME, and I'll be reading the rest of the series soon, soon, SOON.