Author Archives: Marina

Embrace the (Reading) Season

by Marina Reading for the weather I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about my reading habits. The temperature was hitting the mid-teens outside. I looked at my OverDrive bookshelf and realized I had downloaded Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 by Douglas […]

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LibraryReads List February 2017

by Marina February is a month of contradictions. On one hand we have the hearts and chocolates associated with Valentine’s Day. On the other hand, it’s also Black History Month, which contains a lot of struggle and obstacles to overcome (along with pride and courage). And on the last hand (wait, how many hands do I […]

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Delectable Desserts

by Heather O. Baking has been one of my passions since I was a kid. When I took a quarter of home economics in middle school, I was on cloud nine (especially because I’d taken agriculture the previous quarter and all we did was pull weeds. Gardeners, you have my full admiration). What Type A […]

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LibraryReads List January 2017

by Marina Welcome to 2017! A new year, a new list of highly anticipated books! With the libraries closed today and tomorrow you have gobs of time to peruse these upcoming titles and place holds to your heart’s content. Oh, and in case you were wondering, here are the LibraryReads favorite of favorites for 2016. And (spoiler alert–ha ha, […]

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Celebrations

by Marina Celebrate Good Times. And Maybe Bad? As I’m composing this blog post my birthday is still a few weeks away. However, by the time you’re reading this it will already have happened. That, plus the holidays that pack the last few months of the year, got me thinking about celebrations. I’ve written about […]

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Veterans Day

by Marina I recently finished listening to Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator–her vocal inflections came across as too “cutesy” for me. Even though Roach writes humor with a deft hand in her scientific topics I felt it needed a narrator with slightly […]

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LibraryReads List November 2016

by Marina Welcome to the last new LibraryReads list of 2016–December will feature a best of 2016 list from all of this year’s previous winners. If you’ve read along with LibraryReads in 2016 do you have any predictions of what will make that list? The “best of” for November is Faithful by Alice Hoffman. The […]

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16 in ’16: Read a Funny Book Feedback

by Marina Well, we’re halfway through our funny book theme (and we only have TWO themes left of this whole challenge!!!) and that means it’s time for a feedback post. Where I share some of the books other participants have submitted to entice you to read even more! And if none of the selections below […]

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16 in ’16: Read a Funny Book

by Marina Welcome to the next theme of our Reading Resolutions: Read a Funny Book! As we near the tail end of an emotionally charged political season and start gearing up for the quickly approaching holiday season (requisite family time included) I’m sure you could use a good dose of humor. Just kidding! I know all […]

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Cooking for Nerds

by Marina Hi. My name is Marina and I’m a foodaholic. I love to eat food! And I love to cook and bake food! And, more recently, I love the science of food! The cooking and baking infatuation started at a young age when I joined a local 4-H club that focused on, as they called it […]

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