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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Feel Good, Easy Reads AKA Gentle Reads

by Jocelyn Looking for a book where sex, violence, and excessive profanity is left off the page? Look no further, we’ve got a category for you. It’s called Gentle Reads. These novels tend to be described with terms like “heart-warming,” “wholesome” or “hopeful,” and are entertaining stories full of encouragement and warmth. Often humorous, they […]

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Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Cal Leandros

by KP Big city life with a side of the supernatural. Have you ever been curious about urban fantasy? Exactly what is it? In general, urban fantasy novels are set in contemporary times, and contain supernatural elements. One Friday out of each month, I’ll highlight an urban fantasy book for the interested. After a brief layover […]

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Prose Bowl 2017 – Semi-Finals

Welcome to the Prose Bowl 2017 Semi-Finals! The competition is heating up! We started with 16, but eliminated 12 titles in the previous rounds. In Round 2 we lost Isabelle Allende, Anne Tyler, James Lee Burke, and Elizabeth Strout. Only 4 remain. Now it is time for the Semi-Finals! Did your favorite make the cut? Are […]

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Whidbey Reads 2017: A Darker Side to Island Life

By Kaley It’s official! You have likely seen or heard from our Island library staff that we have chosen Ashley Ream’s​ The 100 Year Miracle​ as our title for Whidbey Reads 2017. If you’ve never participated or heard of it before, a team of staff and community members pore over books for weeks until one is selected. Then it’s […]

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Families, Separated — New Takes

by Denise Lately, I’ve hit the jackpot. Every book I’ve opened has lured me in from the first page. Reads too good not to share. The problem? Spanning genres, audiences, and themes, these good reads don’t easily fit into one category. However, with a little pondering, I realized they all touch upon a common theme: […]

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Teen Fiction: Not Just For Teens!

by Liz I read teen fiction. Not religiously, but quite a bit. I know some folks (my sister!) who don’t, or maybe won’t, read teen fiction. Perhaps hung up on misconceptions that the writing quality is somehow inferior, or that the subject matter won’t pertain to them, and I have to say, I think these […]

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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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Prose Bowl 2017 – Round 1

Welcome to Prose Bowl 2017! As we teased in Monday’s post, this is where the competition begins! We’ve narrowed it down to sixteen of the most popular, recent books and we’re looking for your help to find the winner. What books are your favorites? Which would you like to see make it to the next […]

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Prose Bowl 2017: Will Your Favorite Win?

by Jocelyn Get your game face on! Sno-Isle Libraries’ second annual Prose Bowl begins on March 1. This online, bracket-style competition will decide our communities’ favorite read of 2016. We’ve narrowed it down to sixteen of the most popular, recent books and we’re looking for your help to find the winner. Here’s how it works: […]

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