My Childhood in Books

by Lindsey A. In February, I was fortunate to attend the 15th Annual Western Washington University’s Children’s Literature Conference. I watched presentations from Pam Muñoz Ryan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sophie Blackall, and Kevin Henkes. A common theme among these youth authors and illustrators was their personal history of reading; specially, what led them to become […]

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Fictional Bucket Lists

by Lindsey A. We’re all familiar with the idea of the bucket list – a list of things you would like to do over the course of your life. A fictional bucket list is a list of things you would love to do, see, eat, and characters you would love to meet within the fictional […]

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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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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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16 in ’16: Read a Young Author

by Danielle I managed to volunteer for the hardest of all the Reading Resolutions 16 in ‘16 categories: Read an Author Under 30. Now this doesn’t just mean authors born in 1986 or later (like Jazz Jennings), but any author who published their first book by 30 (so Stephen King’s Carrie is included).  I probably don’t […]

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Summer Time Comfort Books

By Stacey Some books leave such a warm memory, you like to revisit them from time to time. For me summer is a lovely season for finding the time to reread some old favorites. With so much to read what makes the reader return to an old favorite? What touches you? I asked staff at […]

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16 in ’16: Read a Retelling Feedback

by Lindsey I hope by now you have found a retelling that appeals to you, whether it’s one of our suggestions or a discovery of your own. Ariana offered a lot of great suggestions for our last theme, Read a YA Book, and she also has some recommendations for this theme. My Mother She Killed […]

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16 in ’16: Read a Retelling

by Lindsey Today we start one of my favorite themes in our Reading Resolutions challenge: Read a Retelling. In its simplest form a “retelling” is a new version of an older story, but it can be so much more than that. A fairy tale, folk tale, mythic tale or poem, play, or classic novel may […]

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Thoughts on Reading a Book Again

by Stacey Originally, I was going to title this post better the second time around.  As I contemplated books I have reread and questioned other readers, it came to light, not necessarily better, but a different experience. Many of us reread books we read as a teen, often as required reading. Revisiting as an adult  […]

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If you are a baby boomer: books and media to revisit

by Stacey When was the last time you were asked for ID? My last time was at the Kingdome-double proof I am a baby boomer. Do you remember card catalogs and no talking in the library? How about rotary phones? Getting up to change the channel? Fortunately, I only remember there being 5 or 6. […]

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