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My Perfect Read

FCPL staff can help you find it.

Drew Bigelow

Drew Bigelow reading a book.

I grew up in libraries. I remember being that five-year-old kid following my mom around at her job at the public library in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, or being at her side when she volunteered at my brother's school's library, where the librarians me let check out as many books as I wanted (even though I didn't go to school there yet). No matter where I've been, where I've gone, libraries have always been there for me, helping me cultivate my love for books. And here I am, working for Fairfax County Public Libraries, ready to help others find that perfect book that they'll hopefully love themselves!

My taste in books is a bit all over the place. I tend to lean towards realistic fiction and science fiction/fantasy (if there is something even referencing witches in the title, I will be there), but I do enjoy a good horror story as well. There is something fun about getting scared, being kept on the edge of your seat, like with Katherine Arden's Small Spaces or Neil Gaiman's Coraline, both of which I highly recommend. I am also a hardcore picture book lover, with the firm belief that the best picture books are the ones that appeal to both kids and grown ups alike, like Jon Klassen or Mac Barnett. I am also a huge proponent of positive LGBTQ+ representation in media, especially in children's and young adult media. It's been great seeing this representation becoming more and more commonplace, allowing people to see themselves in books and not feel so alone. Makes me wish I had more of these books available when I was growing up.

I started off as an art major at Virginia Commonwealth—switched over to English with a writing minor Sophomore year. I'm still drawing, mostly cartoons featuring talking walruses, witches, and whatever else pops into my head. I also enjoy writing a great deal, as well as puttering around in the kitchen and attempting to play video games.

Genres of Interest:

  • Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • LGBTQ+ for Young Adults and Juvenile Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Picture Books

Fiction

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard
  • The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Young Adult

  • The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
  • Bounce by Natasha Friend
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

LGBTQ+ (Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction)

  • The Whispers by Greg Howard
  • The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Kate O'Neill
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  • M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts
  • Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker

Juvenile Fiction

  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
  • Matylda Bright and Tender by Holly M. McGhee

Graphic Novels (Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction)

  • Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge
  • Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
  • Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  • Newsprints by Ru Xu

Picture Books

  • Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
  • Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
  • This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka
  • Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  • Giraffe Problems by Lane Smith
  • Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

I am a part-time Library Circulation Aide at Kings Park Library, and as of now I am typically available Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM.  My schedule may shift, so please allow a day or two for me to get back to you.  And let's go find that next perfect read!

I'd like to help you find your perfect read, so please complete the Let's Get Started form, and I will be in touch!

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