Author Archives: Marina

Prose Bowl Finals

We made it! The decision of Sno-Isle’s Prose Bowl 2017 is imminent. Below you will find the final poll that will determine the champion title. We’re down to the top two from the original sixteen! In the semi-final round your votes knocked out This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and The Summer Before the War. And the […]

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Narrator Spotlight: Read by the Author

by Marina Combating the Commute I have a bit of a commute. Not a long one. But twenty-five minutes, give or take, each way. You know, depending on traffic. Or the weather. (Can’t call myself a Washingtonian without adding those conditions. You know how it is.) So, rather than besiege myself with the repetitive nature of […]

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LibraryReads List March 2017

by Marina It’s March! The month when many people are rooting for one college basketball team or another. But if you aren’t a sports fan then you need to root for something else, right? How about these upcoming releases? Librarians around the country are already giving them rave reviews. The top title of the March […]

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Nostalgia

by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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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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