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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Love on the Moors: Gothic Romance

by Lindsey I recently read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre for the first time. Although it is largely classified as a classic novel, it also qualifies as a gothic romance. Along with other classics such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, “Jane Eyre” is, in fact, a key title in the […]

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16 in ’16: Read a New Book Feedback

by Jocelyn We’re halfway through our final Reading Resolution, and I’m checking in to see how it’s going. What 2016 title(s) are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for us? I just finished reading When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I eagerly anticipate […]

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For the Love of Pulp!

by Liz As a lover of all things stemming from and/or related to mid-century kitsch, it was the cover art originally drew me to the pulp fiction genre. Dramatic, racy, and a titch sleazy, displaying these covers with their scandalous titles adds a little spice to anyone’s bookcase. And after almost 20 years of collecting, my […]

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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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Thrills & Chills: Mysteries to Die For with J.A. Jance

Author Q & A Featuring J.A. Jance by Marie Just in time to usher in fall – the quintessential season for settling in with a good mystery – the Oak Harbor Library will present Thrills & Chills, a series of four programs featuring authors of mystery and suspense. A different author will appear each week and […]

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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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LibraryReads List July 2016

by Marina Hello July! Geez, it’s about time that we’ve finally get some humor injected into the LibraryReads list here. Enough already of all that dark, dreary, murder-y stuff. Well, not entirely. We’ve still got a bunch of those making the cut. But some funny ones, too! So, the book that came out on top for the […]

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The 2016 Edgar Award Nominees

by Liz Each spring, the Mystery Writers of America honor the best mystery fiction and non-fiction (and television!) of the year with the Edgar Allen Poe Awards. This year’s awards will be presented at the 70th Gala Banquet on April 28th. That gives you 6 whole weeks to read all the nominees! Plenty of time! […]

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Scifi Action Thriller – The Drafter by Kim Harrison

by Jocelyn The Drafter – Kim Harrison Detroit 2030. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri […]

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