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Display Name: Jody W.
About me: I'm a librarian here at Hennepin County Library. I like going to science fiction and comics conventions, gardening, travel of all kinds, and hanging out with friends and family.
Reading Interests: I'm a big speculative fiction fan who also likes the happy endings found in romance novels. I really enjoy graphic novels and Young Adult novels, and am doing my best to learn even more about both.

Jody W.'s Book Lists
If You Like...Neil Gaiman (22 titles)

If You Like...The Goldfinch (17 titles)
For fans of Donna Tartt's novel.
Edgar Allan Poe, Dark Muse (13 titles)
Books based on the life and work of Poe
Best Book Adaptations (41 titles)
The Writers Guild of America says these are the best film and television adaptations out there
Cult Classics: Incredible Worlds (57 titles)
science fiction and fantasy titles from the book lists found in 500 Essential Cult Books
If You Like...Downton Abbey (24 titles)
Thanks to the Romantic Times Book Reviews of April 2013 for the suggestions!
Cult Classics (22 titles)

150 Best Minnesota Books (56 titles)
The MN Historical Society is compiling a list of the best 150 MN Books on its Collections blog.
Bram Stoker Awards 2010 And On (15 titles)
Voted on by members of the Horror Writer's Association and awarded for superior achievement. Began in 1988. Nominees and winners.
Nebula Awards 2011 And On (7 titles)
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. Award began in 1965. Nominees and winners.
Hugo Awards 2011 And On (6 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. Nominees and winners
World Fantasy Award Nominees & Winners 2010 And On (16 titles)
An award given by their artistic peers in the fantasy genre since 1975. These are the best novel nominees & winners.
Women in the Arab World (21 titles)
Fiction, nonfiction and memoirs of women in the Arab World.
Mythopeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature (119 titles)
Books like those of "the Inklings" (C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Enid Blyton, et al.). Nominees and winners since 1992.
LGBTQ Graphic Novels (24 titles)

Shirley Jackson Award for Dark Literature (66 titles)
For outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. These are both the nominees and the winners.
If You Like...50 Shades of Grey (36 titles)
Steamy reads. Be careful of scalding if you open the covers of the books too quickly.
Best Vampire Novel of the Century Nominees (5 titles)
HCL does not have The Soft Whisper of the Dead by Charles L. Grant. Voted on by the Horror Writers Association. I AM LEGEND won!
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (8 titles)
Books where War, Death, Famine and Plague are featured.
World Fantasy Award Nominees & Winners 1975-1989 (55 titles)
An award given by their artistic peers in the fantasy genre since 1975. These are the best novel nominees & winners.
Bram Stoker Awards 2000-2009 (32 titles)
Voted on by members of the Horror Writer's Association and awarded for superior achievement. Began in 1988. Nominees and winners.
Bram Stoker Awards 1988-1999 (42 titles)
Voted on by members of the Horror Writer's Association and awarded for superior achievement. Began in 1988. Nominees and winners.
World Fantasy Award Nominees & Winners 1990-1999 (48 titles)
An award given by their artistic peers in the fantasy genre since 1975. These are the best novel nominees & winners.
Banned, Censored & Challenged Books for Children (21 titles)
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom faces many challenges to remove books from shelves. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. For every challenge that is reported, 4 or 5 remain unreported. Why do you think these books were challenged?
Banned, Censored & Challenged Books for Teens (46 titles)
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom faces many challenges to remove books from shelves. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. For every challenge that is reported, 4 or 5 remain unreported. Why do you think these books were challenged?
Banned, Censored & Challenged Books for Adults (29 titles)
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom faces many challenges to remove books from shelves. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. For every challenge that is reported, 4 or 5 remain unreported. Why do you think these books were challenged?
Romance for Guys (17 titles)

9/11 Fiction (35 titles)
From a librarian listserv called Fiction_L
Women Authors Who Write Page Turners (56 titles)

Online Relationships in Fiction (11 titles)
Where Twitter, Facebook, email, message boards and more drive a plot!
Hugo Awards 2001-2010 (52 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. Nominees and winners
Hugo Awards 1991-2000 (46 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. Nominees and winners.
Hugo Awards 1981-1990 (45 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. Nominees and winners.
Hugo Awards 1971-1980 (39 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. Nominees and winners.
Hugo Awards 1961-1970 (34 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. Nominees and winners.
Hugo Awards 1953-1960 (8 titles)
Presented by the membership of the annual World Science Fiction Convention for that year. Award began in 1953. There were no awards given for 1954 and 1957. No list of nominees is available for 1954-1958. Nominees and winners.
Sci Fi Heroines (32 titles)
Some women in these stories are unstoppable.
Nebula Awards 1991-2000 (53 titles)
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. Award began in 1965. Nominees and winners.
Nebula Awards 1981-1990 (53 titles)
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. Award began in 1965. Nominees and winners.
Humorous Graphic Novels (9 titles)
Just a wee bit different from the funny papers.
Nebula Awards 1971-1980 (46 titles)
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. Award began in 1965. Nominees and winners.
Nebula Awards 1965-1970 (19 titles)
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. Award began in 1965. Nominees and winners.
Haunted (30 titles)
Ghost stories
Tiptree Award Honor List (39 titles)
an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender
Tiptree Award (11 titles)
an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender
Fantasy: If you have time for only one... (12 titles)
Stand alone books (not part of series)
If You Like...Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson (19 titles)
Specifically protagonists like Lisbeth Salander
Vampyr (39 titles)
No vampire/human/werewolf love triangles here.
From Beyond the Grave (9 titles)
Although these authors are dead, their pen names live on through ghost writers.
Can't Sleep, Clown Will Eat Me (11 titles)
Bart Simpson may have made this quote famous but I think it's a sentiment many of us share. These titles should not be read by anyone with coulrophobia (fear of clowns)
Steampunk (33 titles)
This story is powered by steam! And awesome punk gothic Victorian design.
Starting High School? (7 titles)
Stories about what it's like to begin one of the scariest, funnest, awfulest, most exciting times of your life.
Girl Power! (22 titles)
Kick ass teen heroines
Science Fiction and Fantasy as Literature (18 titles)
criticism, cultural analysis and more
Steal from the Rich to Give to the Poor (15 titles)
Robin Hood themed fiction
Classic Mashups (12 titles)
What do you get when you take a classic work and add some crazy genre tropes? A very fun read.
CowPunk and the Weird West (15 titles)
You may have heard of cyberpunk and maybe even steampunk. Does cowpunk exist? Here's some fantasy stories with a Western vibe.
I Need a Hero (or Really Cool Villain) (20 titles)
Best superhero comics
It's the End of the World as We Know It (53 titles)
dystopias, apocalypses and post-apocalypses
Unconventional (23 titles)
Conventional "wisdom" gets turned on its head.
Book Club Fun (30 titles)
Finding books and finding fun for your book club. Includes help running book discussions.
Books Featuring Book Clubs (6 titles)
Kinda meta.
Shakespeare Redux (22 titles)
Started because of a list created by Julie Davis in VOYA. Love this idea! Stories based on the life and plays of Shakespeare.
Great SF/Fantasy/Horror Authors You May Not Have Heard Of (33 titles)
Tweeted the question to the world in June 2009 and these are the authors I got back...
Crawford Fantasy Award: Nominees and Winners (68 titles)
The Crawford Award is given to a fantasy novelist whose first fantasy book was published during the preceding 18 months. It's one of several awards presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and is presented at the conference each March in Ft. Lauderdale. ~ Locus Magazine's annotation
Philip K. Dick Award Nominees & Winners (75 titles)
Best paperback original in the U.S. Started in 1982.
Nebula Awards 2001-2010 (65 titles)
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing. Award began in 1965. Nominees and winners.
Fantastique (25 titles)
Fantasy books.
Walk on the Wild Side: Werewolves and Shapechangers (19 titles)
Moonlight casts dark shadows in these stories.
Geek Picture Books (15 titles)
Robots, superheroes, gorgeous fantasy and other geeky things abound in these children's stories.
Fairy Tales Retold (47 titles)
The old stories wearing new trappings.
The Rockin' Dead: Zombies (24 titles)
They walk, they shamble, they ooze, they're hungry for Braaiins!
World Fantasy Award Nominees & Winners 2000-2009 (54 titles)
An award given by their artistic peers in the fantasy genre since 1975. These are the best novel nominees & winners.
Twisted Histories (16 titles)
I'm a big fan of alternate history which imagines what the world would have been like if something did NOT happen the way it played out in the history books.
Hollyweird (24 titles)
I love movies and reading about them. Some of these titles are straight cinema history, many just amuse me because Hollywood brings out the worst in people.
What's Jody Reading? (15 titles)
One of the librarians for the Fantasy/SF/Horror Bookspace shares what is currently on her reading shelf.
Creepy Cool books (44 titles)
Young Adult books that are kind of scary but really cool.

Jody W.'s Comments    
Cover ArtCordelia’s honor
by Bujold, Lois McMaster.
I love the two novels in this book. Barrayar won the 1992 Hugo Award.   posted Aug 6, 2014 at 10:15AM

Cover Arttiger lily
by anderson, jodi lynn.
This story of Tiger Lily’s thorny romance with Peter Pan, narrated by Tinker Bell, is beautifully told.   posted Aug 2, 2014 at 11:35PM

Cover Artlies, knives, and girls in red dresses
by 1
I like the free verse re-tellings of fairy tales.   posted Aug 2, 2014 at 11:34PM

Cover ArtThe big time [electronic resource]
Won the 1958 Hugo Award.   posted Dec 12, 2012 at 12:18PM

Cover ArtReplay
by Grimwood, Ken.
Won the 1988 World Fantasy Award.   posted Aug 7, 2012 at 3:07PM

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