Hello friend! Is it too soon to call you my friend? I’m Katie, a thirty-ish mom and teacher-librarian who spends every free moment with her nose in a book.  I’m excited to share my love of books with you. Hopefully I can recommend some books you might like (or might rather stay away from!), or at least get chatting with you. The internet is an excellent alternative to going out to a book club and actually having to TALK to people, don’t you think?

Rating System:

⋆⋆⋆⋆   Definitely enjoyed it.
⋆⋆⋆     I liked it, but it wasn’t anything special.
⋆⋆       Meh.
⋆         Ew. I hate myself for reading this book.

Maturity Ratings:

5 – Very Mature content. May contain significant language, graphic sexual content, or graphic violence.
4 – Teen content. May contain some language, sexuality, violence, or dark themes.
3 – Pre-teen content. May contain mild language, action scenes, spicy romance, or difficult themes.
2 – PG content. Maybe some crude jokes or a single swear word. Possibly some “cartoon violence”.
1 – G-rated content. Think Disney movies. 🙂

Why Maturity Ratings?
I don’t like to be taken by surprise by … stuff. But it seems to happen to me a  lot.

The first time I was a sweet, innocent little high school freshman. (Not that all high school freshman are innocent little babies, but heaven knows I was.) I was obsessed with Wicked, because it was 2004 and everyone was. Unable to hop on a plane and see the musical I decided to read Gregory Maguire’s book. Needless to say I was a little shocked. Scarred for life. No big deal.

The next time I was in college. I saw The Pillars of the Earth at the bookstore with a giant “Oprah Book List” sticker on it. I figured if Oprah wanted me to read it I was probably safe. Well, I was sitting there in class, surrounded by people, when the first sex scene showed up. A very graphic sex scene. While some people might be okay reading something like that in public, I’m not sure I’m comfortable reading it at all, and being surrounded by people who I was positive could see my the magenta color of my face exactly what I was reading definitely made it worse.

Most recently I picked up The Martian. I was so excited to read it, but when I started it I was on a school trip with some students. I opened the first page and the very first word is a giant f-bomb. I snapped the book shut, but not before the kid sitting next to me noticed.

While I often don’t mind reading these sorts of things, I don’t know,  I just like to be prepared for it. I just don’t want to be blind-sided like that. Maybe it’s weird, maybe it’s prudish, but it’s me. So it seems like something small I can do to let you all know so you can be prepared (or avoid it if you want!) too.