There are several Editors (staff reviewers or Review Ninjas, if you will) at Young Adult Books Central, and they all have their own taste in books. While one might give a certain book 5 stars, another might only give it 3. We like that kind of diversity here, because we know every reader is different. Every reader's opinion is valid.
But we also know it's helpful to read reviews by those who share your same interests, especially when you're looking for recommendations.
So which YABC Staff Reviewer has your taste in books? Find out in this new blog series, Meet Our Editors! Each week, I'll be spotlighting one of our editors. When you find one that shares your same taste in books, movies, TV, even food, then make sure to check out the books that editor has reviewed favorably.
See how it works? Great!
First up, I did a Fast Faves interview with Kim Baccellia, who has been with YABC the longest.
Then we did a Fast Faves interview with CJ Redwine.
This week's Editor is Megan Kelly, who just recently became our first international reviewer when she embarked on an adventure teaching out of the country. She's been with YABC for a few years now, and I always look forward to reading her reviews. She has a fabulous knack for organizing her thoughts in concise and lovely ways, and she has a passion and hunger for life and teaching that I have yet to see equalled. She also knows how to have a good time, as you can see in the photo below. Ha! Thank you, Megan, for being a part of the YABC Team!
Tell us a little about yourself, Megan.
I started reviewing books so that I could make better recommendations to my middle school students. Three years later, I can't read a book without reviewing it! I have lived and traveled all over the world, and my list of places to go grows each day. I'm an expert movie-quoter, intermediate baker, and beginning salsa dancer.
Which types of books are your favorites to read/review?
Now it's time for Fast Faves with Megan!
Most hated – Practical Magic
Haven’t seen, and probably won't – Any important war movie
Can recite by heart – Zoolander
Wish more people had seen it – I'm sure plenty of people saw it, but I keep wanting to laugh about 21 Jump Street with people and never get any takers.
Most loved – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wait Til Helen Comes
Most hated – Anything about horses or dogs
Haven’t read, but probably should – Most classics (Bad English teacher!)
Can remember where you were when you first read it – The Handmaids Tale (not really childhood)
Wish more people had read it – The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Most loved - Pizza, mangoes
Most hated – Kimchi
Haven’t eaten, but probably should – a steak
Would eat anytime, anywhere – pizza again
Most loved – I wear boots every day...it's cold in Bogota!
Most hated – I move around a lot, so I don't keep anything I don't love.
Haven’t worn in forever, probably should throw it out – see above
Why do I have so many – socks?
Best moment/memory - Too many to count...today was great!
Worst/most embarrassing moment - my first phone call with a boy
Haven't accomplished yet, but one day I'll - run a bookmobile in Haiti
Childhood toy you'll never get rid of - my brother
Wish I had more time for this guilty pleasure - I make time for all my guilt pleasures!
So? How much do you have in common with Megan? Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned next week for another editor interview!