BookChat Specialists

Our BookChat Specialists have years of readers’ advisory and library experience, across a wide range of genres and ages. Our expertise and passion for books and reading means you’ll always get the best help finding just the right books

Kim Burton
Kimberly Burton (she/her) is a Reader Services Librarian with NoveList, committed to bringing people together with stories they'll love. No genre is off-limits, although her personal favorites are literary fiction, mysteries, and horror (hold the gore, please). Let’s BookChat!

Alicia Cavitt
Alicia Cavitt is an Information Specialist at Forsyth County Public Library in Georgia. She enjoys readers’ advisory and adult programming. Alicia leads a monthly writers’ group that offers manuscript feedback to local writers and is an editor and contributor to the library's blog, Bookmarked. Her favorite genres include literary fiction, magical realism, science fiction, historical fiction, suspense, and horror.

Kaitlin Conner
Kaitlin is a Senior Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList, where she selects and annotate horror and nonfiction titles for NextReads newsletters and creates recommendations content.

Amy Dittmeier
Amy is a public librarian in the Chicago area who is passionate about genre fiction. They have contributed articles to Library Journal, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness and love talking about books with patrons and librarians alike.

Lindsey Dunn
Lindsey Dunn worked as a teen librarian in Wake County Libraries for 13 years before coming to NoveList, where she currently works in the Reader Services Department, tailoring customer-facing products that help readers find their favorite books. Although she's been a Christy Award judge for the past six years, she's never met a genre she doesn't like. She is most drawn to books with complicated relationships, flawed characters, or lyrical writing. Lindsey is also a film critic known as 1 of my Stories and believes in the power of stories to change lives.

Victoria Frederick
Victoria is privileged to work with the talented librarians who create NoveList’s readers’ advisory content. Her passion for literature has evolved with her career, spanning cataloging children’s books to her current obsession with horror and crime fiction, although she tries to keep some SF in the mix. Recent hobbies include crocheting amigurumi cryptids, not eating sugar, and strength training (with LOTS of “rest” periods).

Shauna Griffin
Shauna Griffin is a collection development coordinator at NoveList, where she’s been providing reading recommendations since 2006. In her free time, she volunteers with a local animal rescue and with her running club, reads gothic fiction and fantasy novels, and eats too much chocolate, though usually not all at the same time.

Jaina Hill
Jaina Hill has worked in libraries, schools, television, and comics. She likes weird, imaginative fiction, and is a sucker for ranked lists. She splits her time every year between the Midwest and the Northeast.

Rebecca Honeycutt
Rebecca worked as a teen librarian in public libraries before becoming a Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList. Rebecca is a die-hard audiobook devotee and reads widely across age groups, but especially enjoys picture books, fantasy, mystery, romance, fanfiction, and anything with thoughtful LGBTQIA+ characters.

Allison Hornbeck
Allison Hornbeck, a dedicated and enthusiastic school librarian, is a passionate advocate for the transformative power of literature. With a deep love for books and a keen understanding of the impact they can have on young minds, Allison has made it her mission to connect readers with the perfect books that not only entertain but also inspire, educate, and broaden horizons. Beyond the shelves, Allison loves to swim, bike, kayak, and go for long walks with her hound dog.

Cathleen Keyser
Cathleen Keyser is Senior Data Strategist in NoveList's Book Discovery Department and has been working with metadata and readers’ advisory for over 18 years. She likes horror, tacos, and Lifetime movies.

Lesley Louder
Lesley Louder is an educator of nineteen years, seventeen as a high school English teacher, and two as a Library Media Specialist. Currently, she serves students in 6th-12th grade as a Secondary Library Media Specialist. She holds an MI in School Librarianship from Rutgers University and is passionate about literacy in all forms. Her favorite genres are post-apocalyptic YA, realistic fiction, cheesy romance, narrative nonfiction, and supernatural horror.

Yaika Sabat
Yaika manages the Reader Services team at NoveList and previously worked in public libraries, mainly with adult and teen readers. She does her best to read widely and loves audiobooks. Horror has been her favorite genre in all mediums since she first stumbled upon it as a child. You can find her watching movies, baking, researching random and often strange topics, writing, and spending time with animals.

Gillian Speace
Gillian Speace is a Senior Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList. She selects and annotates titles for NextReads and Core Collections and creates a variety of content for NoveList with a special emphasis on genre fiction for adults.

Suzanne Temple
Suzanne Temple is a Metadata Librarian at NoveList, focusing mostly on graphic novels and juvenile materials. She also reviews graphic novels and audiobooks for Booklist, and has served on ALA’s Odyssey and GNCRT Best Graphic Novels for Children Selection committees. Suzanne enjoys all things spooky, especially while she’s knitting, crocheting, or cross-stitching.

Olivia Tooker
Olivia Tooker has over 8 years of experience working in libraries, starting as an intern in a haunted library in southern Indiana and then working in central Florida as a library assistant. She loves reading fantasy, romance, and graphic novels.

Basia Wilson
Basia Wilson is a writer who has also worked as a literary magazine editor, independent bookseller, and library circulation assistant. While she strives to read across an array of genres, her favorites are literary fiction, poetry, nature writing, and comics, with a growing soft spot for weird picture books. When her head’s not in a book, you can find her birding, cooking, or out on a walk.

Autumn Winters
Autumn Winters is the Recommendations Lead at NoveList. She likes coming-of-age stories, picture books, celebrity memoirs, horror, and rural noir. Her literary tastes were honed at Appalachian flea markets and in urban libraries; thus, she prefers to read about diverse characters, outsiders, and hard times.

Renee Young
Renee Young has been a NoveList librarian since 2009 and now works remotely from rural Michigan. She is a lifelong audiobook listener and avid fan of mystery stories, from Golden Age to contemporary authors. Prior to joining NoveList, Renee served in the Army as a Russian and Serbo-Croatian linguist before completing her Master’s degree in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.