Katelyn - Customer Service Specialist

Team Audio Books Still Count

Heyo! My name is Katelyn, I'm 24, and listening to audiobooks gets me through my 30 minute commute to work. The number of YA and Adult Romance books I’ve read is a mile long, but Jane Austen holds a special place in my heart. My love for reading started when my mom read "The Magic Treehouse" series to my brother and I as children, and now I am slowly making my way through every illustrated cover romance in existence. I have the honor of running the preschool storytime at the Kennewick branch and it has given me the opportunity to fall back in love with children's picture books! You can find me re-watching movies in the movie theater and binge-watching tv shows curled up under a blanket. I like my art neat and my kitchen messy, I'm a big fan of the Godzilla franchise, and thunderstorms remind me of my childhood home in the Midwest. And I love Goodreads almost as much as I love my dog.

Ms. Katelyn's Favorite Storytime Books (For the Kiddos)

I have the pleasure of running the Wednesday morning preschool storytimes at the Kennewick branch, as well as providing storytime visits for several local preschools and daycares. This of course means that I read a lot of picture books, but there are some that just work better than others. A really great storytime book has entertaining pictures, encourages movement, and provides easy…

Picture Books That Gave Me Chills (For The Kiddos)

One of my favorite perks of my job is that I get to be a storytime provider and read to a crowd of kiddos every week! This means that I see my fair share of children's picture books, and I certainly have my favorites. However, this list is made of up picture books that have a meaningful message, a thoughtful twist, or heartfelt illustrations that have quite literally …

Self Love and Shelf Love (For the Kiddos)

As a storytime provider, I want to do my best to pick out books that uplift the young kiddos that attend storytime. Every child deserves to read books that encourage them to be themselves, to listen to their feelings, to have pride in their identity and culture, love the different parts of their body, and to feel a sense of confidence. Here is a list of self-love picture books…


One can never have too much plus-sized representation in media! As a plus-sized woman, I gravitate towards heroines that look like me and share the same experiences. Here are some books, movies, and TV shows that feature plus-sized women and lift up their voices. I have included some non-fiction books to read here as well!

Willowdean Dickson (played by Danielle Macdonald in the movie adaptation)
Millie Michalchuk (played by Maddie Baillio in the movie adaptation of Dumplin')
Faith Herbert
Molly Gordon played by Beanie Feldstein

Movies to Watch Until You Can Quote Them

This list of movie recommendations consists of my favorite movies, movies from my childhood, movies I thought were unique, movies that are stellar within their genre, and movies that never get tiring, no matter how many times you rewatch them. Hopefully, you'll find something in here that you've never seen before!

<p>This is one of my all time favorite movies, and I've watched this version over 30 times!</p>
<p>My family's favorite Christmas movie, I think I can quote the entire movie by heart</p>
<p>A successful Hollywood version of the best kaiju franchise of all time (okay I'm biased)</p>
<p>A weird but well written Kaiju movie</p>

"Soft" Fantasy and Sci-Fi

I enjoy what I like to call "soft" fantasy and science fiction books. "Soft" fantasy would be stories that include fantastical elements without the presence of hardcore fantasy elements such as dragons, elves, trolls, etc. Similarly, "soft" science fiction would be stories that include fictionally scientific elements without the intensity of aliens or sterilized dystopian worlds.…

<p>Fantasy/Sci-Fi blend for those that like fairytale retellings</p>
<p>Fantasy for those that like action and sharpshooting</p>
<p>Fantasy for those that like personal growth and adventure</p>
<p>Fantasy/Sci-Fi blend for those that like found families and superpowers</p>

Obsessed With Man's Best Friend (For the Kiddos)

As a kid, I was so obsessed with dogs that I had three dog-themed birthday parties in a row. And, frankly, I'm still obsessed, just in a healthy way. Here are a list of books I read that combined my two loves: reading and dogs. 

Literature Snob 101

If you like books that make you think critically about syntax, themes, symbolism, and other literary devices, you should 1) consider taking some college-level literature courses and 2) read from this list! This list consists of several of the books that I read and studied in order to achieve my Literature minor. Beware, some of these books contain strange, grotesque, violent, and…

<p>One of my favorite books I've studied for a class</p>

Plane Tickets Are Expensive

Yup, traveling isn't cheap, so why not transport yourself through a book? Fair warning: these books may make you want to travel even MORE. Here is a list of books that take place in other countries, states, or cities and describe the life and scenery so well that they leave the reader itching to buy a plane ticket!

<p>This book takes place in Ireland.</p>
<p>This book takes place in France.</p>
<p>This book takes place in Italy.</p>
<p>This book takes place in Ireland.</p>

Romance Books I Loved When I Was a Teenager (and Still Related to Other Teenagers)

Fun little story: I volunteered as a page in my high school's library and I re-shelved the books in the AAA-DOG section. This was how I was introduced to Sarah Dessen's YA romance books, and I was hooked from then on. If you enjoy YA romances that center around teenagers in high school, here is a list for you!

<p>For those who like dating a mystery person on the Internet! (I know that sounds sketchy, but it's actually a great book).</p>
<p>For those who like Comic Con!</p>
<p>For those who like theatre and Shakespeare plays!</p>
<p>For those who like 24-hour romances and airports (this is my all-time favorite YA romance)!</p>