Author Archives: Kaley C

Whidbey Reads Presents: An Interview with Jim Lynch

By Kaley C. Jim Lynch’s Before the Wind features an unmoored family that lived and breathed sailing only to fall into dysfunction. His rich descriptions of our local waters and boats transport you to the marina. You’re left sympathizing with Josh, who is bewildered after his family seems to have fallen apart. Sailing is something […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Epic Fantasies From Books to Films

By Kaley C Are you, like me, a bit of a book purist? More specifically, when you find out about a soon-to-be-released TV show, do you need to read the book first? I can’t help it. There’s always more exciting details that can’t be put into production. Don’t get me started about Peeves the Poltergeist being left out […]

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Biblio Files on Bibliophiles

By Kaley C. Arguably one of the best things about working in a library is constantly being surrounded by books. And I mean it less in a SWAT team way and more like Belle when she realized it was the best plus side to hanging out in a mansion with this guy way. Besides all […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novel Lists

By Kaley C ​As our month of celebrating and exploring graphic novels comes to an end, I thought we could take a peek at some of the lists people have made. Just in case you’d like to squeeze in a few more as our break in December begins. Even though we won’t be highlighting another genre or format […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Getting Past the First Volume

By Kaley C ​My appreciation of graphic novels is well documented. Graphic novels can be one full arc complete with character history, world-building, and plot design. In addition to having fully developed plots and characters, they are often broken down into volumes. I’m always on the hunt for a solid series to start reading. It’s rare, but every so often I’ll […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels

By Kaley C. Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the last round of Beyond Bestsellers before our December break. It’s my all time favorite method of reading: graphic novels and comics. I’m so excited to share some of the books I’ve read with you in the past few months. You couldn’t see it, but trust that […]

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‘Cause these are thrillers!

By Kaley C. I’ve always had trouble with thrillers, a genre marked by feelings of suspense, surprise, excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to piece the plots together well before it’s over. This makes me a joy​ to watch movies with. Since it ’tis the season to consume creepy stuff, I’ve started to incorporate paranormal elements to the thriller I read. Are the characters possessed? Are they hunting the […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Nonfiction For People who Think They Hate Nonfiction

​By Kaley C. I always thought I hated nonfiction. I’d try to read it on my lunch breaks or after work, but found myself unable to focus and suddenly in need of a nap or snack. I kept choosing books I felt would be interesting subjects, but still couldn’t sit down and read anything like when I read fiction. Eventually, during a […]

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Comic Artists and Authors that Hit the Big Time

by Kaley ​Finding zines and webcomics from little known makers is a past time of mine. It’s probably my favorite part of exploring Comic Cons. It’s inspiring to watch a creator start as an unknown artist posting their doodles on tumblr or Instagram rise to a published author. So here is a post celebrating those artists who stuck it […]

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The Perfect Pair: Board Games and Books

By Kaley I love reading, but I am also completely obsessed with board games. I meet up with a group of friends every week and we dive into another world. We start wars and build armies, we come up with ways to defeat a pandemic, evil monsters, and robots; or we just try to make each other laugh by creating […]

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