DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M. Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, […]

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Mind Your Language: Mischievous Linguistic Histories

by Emily Z. Today I want to talk about some troublesome terms, namely slang words and swear words. There are a goodly number of books examining the shifting, spreading nature of the English language as a whole. The books featured here though are about English’s naughty words (figuratively and literally) and those who try to […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Metaphorical Journeys

by Marina M. A journey starts with a single page . . . As happens with many people that read a lot (or anything at all, really), I find that some books make a difference in my life. They take me on a journey, if you will. Not a physical or literal journey. More metaphorical. […]

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Morbid Curiosities: True Tales of Medical Misadventure

by Emily Z Lindsey’s fabulous post about plague fiction reinforces my belief that the history of medical care is a morbidly mesmerizing topic with unusually broad appeal. I gravitate more towards apocalyptic science fiction and its nightmarish, speculative medical issues, but I was also once a history major and know historical fact can sometimes be even stranger […]

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New Book Group Discussion Kits for the Summer!

by Jackie We’ve recently added a large batch of new book discussion kits to our collection! Whether you belong to a private club, a Sno-Isle Library book club, or you are wanting to start your own, these kits are a great way to connect with your community and spark discussion about the big questions. See […]

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LibraryReads List May 2017

by Marina May is Get Caught Reading Month! LibraryReads titles for May are here! There has to be a connection somewhere . . . . Obviously, I’m more than happy to get caught reading. Duh! I work in a library. Result: I always have more books than the time to read them. Which means I try […]

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LibraryReads List April 2017

by Marina Ahhh . . . April showers! Well, it’s raining another batch of top ten books as voted on by library staff around the country. What can be better than that? At least it’s an excuse to keep you out of the real rain. Because there’s no need to get your books wet. But […]

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Scandalous Ladies

by Lindsey “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich I was inspired this month (which happens to be Women’s History Month) by Jason Porath’s phenomenal compendium of fascinating females, Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics. He adapted his book from his popular website, Rejected Princesses: Women Too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat […]

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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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16 in ’16: Read a New Book

by Jocelyn Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final challenge in the Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16 contest. For the next three weeks, we challenge you to read…a book published in 2016 (also known as a “New” book). With about 300,000 books published in the United States every year, that gives you A LOT of […]

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