Tuck into a Classic

by Craig B.

If you’re like me, you’ve suddenly found yourself with a lot of spare time on your hands. Without seeming too presumptuous, my fickle bandwidth indicates that you’re doing exactly what I’m doing: binge-watching television shows. I’m currently on Season 5 of Downton Abbey. As a member of that sliver of humanity that missed Downton Abbey the first time around, I’m trying to make amends.

But to my point. I was waiting for the next episode to load when it suddenly occurred to me…why not read a book? And not just a book…a classic? All I need is a Sno-Isle library card. OverDrive is rife with classics. And so I did. I’ve had a blast letting my TV rest while I visit some old literary friends. I’ve also wrestled once again with a few particularly unpleasant high school requirements. This time, though, it’s been on my terms. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the following titles!

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Beyond Bestsellers: Ta-Nehisi Coates

by Lisa C.

Ta-Nehisi Coates began his career as an attention-grabbing essayist and journalist who gained recognition for his insightful and razor-sharp explorations of race relations in America. His first book was the critically acclaimed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. The hugely successful, best-selling work, Between the World and Me, followed and received the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2015. His most recent nonfiction collection, We Were Eight Years in Power, contains eight articles written for each year of the Obama administration.

In addition to his impassioned and thought-provoking memoirs and essays, Coates published his first work of fiction, The Water Dancer, last September. This much-lauded debut novel combines history and fantasy to tell the story of a young man with mysterious gifts who flees slavery and is recruited to use his powers to aid the abolitionist network, the Underground Railroad.

This versatile author, and self-described comics nerd, also writes Marvel’s Black Panther and Captain America comics. What can’t Ta-Nehisi Coates write? Continue reading »

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Women in Film

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By Julie T.

Women in Film

As we wrap up Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the women in film, both their roles in front of and behind the camera. These women called the shots from the Director’s chair, inked unforgettable animation, created iconic movie monsters, and doubled for performers by doing stunt-work.

Check out the full book list here!

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Always Available Audio

By Kristi S. 

We are in unprecedented times, and I don’t know about you all, but I am looking for an escape. When I get really stressed or sad, I find the best thing to distract me is an audiobook. If you are also looking for an escape, give one of our many no-wait audiobooks a try. You can find the whole selection here. Not sure where to start? Here’s what I have been enjoying!

 The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan lives an unassuming life as a lady’s maid, but she has a secret. She moonlights as the author of a divisive newspaper advice column. This is a romantic, richly detailed novel full of witty wordplay, spirited characters, and thoughtful reflections on life as a Chinese-American in the post-Civil War South. The audiobook narration is full of energy and totally immersive, making it a perfect escape. Continue reading »

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Runaway Bunny

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her)

It doesn’t take much to get me spiraling down a WikiHole, on a Google frenzy, or placing holds on every book written by my current author of interest. When I’m interested in a topic, I want it all. And I want it now.

Like the time I listened to Queen’s entire discography in chronological order while reading along with the lyrics. Or when I listened to a podcast about the Black Dahlia and the Hodel family and fell down a two-week WikiHole from which I will never recover.

Recently, this obsession for information gathering led me to the life of Margaret Wise Brown.

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Prose Bowl 2020 Delayed

By SnoIsleLib_Suggests

Thank you all for your participation in our annual battle of the books! We enjoy seeing which of your favorite books from 2019 have advanced from the initial 80 titles.

We are postponing the final rounds of Prose Bowl 2020 due to the recent unprecedented health crisis. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to resuming voting at a later date.

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I’m Okay

by Marie B.

As a self-aware control freak, I spend a lot of time thinking about what to do and whether what I already did was the right thing to do.  Choices, amirite?  Today, though, things will be different.  Why?  Because March 16 is Everything You Do Is Right Day!  The unsure and the confident alike can celebrate this day.  Join me in experiencing the freedom of letting go and knowing that, at least for today, I’m okay and so are you.  In fact, I hereby give all of us permission to celebrate this day for as long as we like.

Now that we’re all feeling the positive vibes, we need a good book with an uplifting bent.  I have some ideas on that… Continue reading »

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Spilling the Tea

by Marina M.

A few weeks ago we had a post about adult beverages and their connection to the nerd world of pub trivia, knowledge, and libraries (both hosting trivia nights and the books for knowledge and recipes). I would like to offer up another beverage synonymous with libraries and reading. Tea!

How often do you visualize a cozy afternoon spent reading and part of that picture includes a steaming cup of tea within reach? Often, right? It’s pretty iconic.

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Prose Bowl 2020: Round 2

 

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her)

Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2020!


At the beginning of March, we started with 80 of the best books from 2019. After a week of voting, you narrowed our contestants down to the top title of each genre. Now it’s time for a genre showdown! Continue reading »

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In Praise of a Reliable Narrator

By Jennifer K.

If you read crime and suspense fiction, you know that antiheroes and unreliable narrators are all the rage. Some of the bestselling novels of the last five years (like Gone Girl, The Witch Elm, and The Girl on the Train) feature morally compromised narrators. You simply cannot trust them.

I like all of those books. But I grew up reading the (many, many) mystery novels of the great British mystery author Dick Francis, and I miss his ever-so-reliable narrators.

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