Katie McLain

Katie's parents never told her "no" when she asked for a book, which was the start of most of her problems. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Lake Forest College and is working towards a master's degree in library science at U of I. She works full time at a public library reference desk in northern IL, specializing in readers’ advisory and general book enthusiasm, and she has a deep-rooted love of all things disturbing, twisted, and terrifying. (She takes enormous pleasure in creeping out her coworkers.) When she's not spending every waking hour at the library, she's at home watching Cubs baseball with her cats and her cardigan collection, and when she's not at home, she's spending too much money on concert tickets. Her hobbies include debating the finer points of Harry Potter canon, hitting people upside the head who haven’t read The Martian, and convincing her boyfriend that she can, in fact, fit more books onto her shelves. Twitter: @kt_librarylady

Read Harder 2018: A Book With a Cover You Hate

Looking for books to fulfill 2018 Read Harder Challenge task #20: read a book with a cover you hate? Peruse these titles.

I’m Not a Superhero: The Stress of Library Work

Librarians are often seen as community superheroes, but the increasing stress of library work can take a negative toll on our mental health, and it can prevent us from talking about our jobs and our personal needs honestly.

Reflecting on Jack Ketchum’s Horror Novels

Reflecting on the impact the late Jack Ketchum had on the horror genre and one Rioter's complicated feelings about reading his books.

Read Harder 2018: Genre Fiction Classics

Reading recommendations for the "read a classic of genre fiction" task of the 2018 Read Harder challenge.

Bookish Ideas I’m NOT Including in My Literary Wedding

One Rioter on the things that their bookish wedding will NOT include.

5 Favorite Books That Other People Recommended to Me

What's the best book anyone has ever recommended to you?

5 Horror Novels With Open Endings

If you enjoy horror novels with open endings that leave you guessing, similar to the film IT COMES AT NIGHT, try these 5 dark, creepy stories.

100 Staff Picks From My Public Library

A public librarian shares some of her branch's most popular staff picks!

3 Things I Learned From Running My Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program

Lessons learned by a public librarian as she runs her library's adult summer reading programs.

The Psychological Stress of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Shooting

A librarian calls for more open discussion of security and safety in public libraries after the New Mexico library shooting.

My Great White Whale: Searching for THE GOOD HOUSE by Tananarive Due

The great white whale of used books: THE GOOD HOUSE by Tananarive Due

100 Must-Read Shortlisted Genre Fiction Titles

100 of the best books shortlisted for awards, including the Agatha, Edgar, Bram Stoker, Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and RITA awards.

“What the Hell Is Going On?”: The Anxiety of Starting a New Book

Does starting a new book stress you out? You're not alone.

Diverse Titles at Book Expo America

A curated list of some of the upcoming diverse titles heard about at Book Expo America.

On BEA and Looking Critically at Publisher Promotions

The first of a two-part piece taking a hard look at publishing and diversity through the lens of this year's Book Expo America.

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