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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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 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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LibraryReads List September 2016

by Marina Another month, another list of 10 books highly regarded by library staff around the country to share with you all! Quite a few focus on the family (both in good ways and bad ways). It’s kind of a nice change from the thriller/mystery/historical/thriller/thriller/thriller we usually see. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s just […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

by Marina It seems like a lot of centennials* are taking place this year. First Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday and now the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years on August 25th. The National Park Service (NPS) idea started with a bill in 1864, signed by Abraham Lincoln, to preserve the area now known as Yosemite […]

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Writing Outside of Their Box?

By Stacey One of the most frequent questions asked at the library is, “I like ____” (fill in the author), what else have they written? Generally, the person is looking for a similar book, but sometimes I bring up an unexpected find, a book uncharacteristic for that particular author. Years ago I discovered Ian Fleming […]

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16 in ’16: Read an Award Winner Feedback

by Jocelyn We are officially halfway through our current challenge, Read an Award Winner! What titles have you read? And what did you think of them? Here’s what a few of our readers have already shared with us. Marina M.:  I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She is such a great story-teller! The most horrific things […]

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Book Clubs Made Easy!

by Stacey Sno-Isle currently has 256 Book Discussion Kits. Each kit includes 10 copies of a single title. With this abundance of titles Sno-Isle offers  several options for searching and choosing a book kit. You can browse all of the kits alphabetically. You can search by new kits. Does your group prefer a literary form? You […]

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For fans of The Boys in the Boat

Last week, author Daniel James Brown spoke about his book,  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics at several Whidbey Island locations.  For those of you who’ve enjoyed this fantastic book, here are some other stories of remarkable individuals meeting the trials of WWII with courage. […]

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Both sides of the story

It’s no secret that I am a fan of memoirs. Truth is often crazier than fiction. Recently I’ve been on an Ann Patchett kick reading which started by reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. That book featured a few essays on her friendship with Lucy Grealy, author of Autobiography of a Face. After I […]

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