16 in ’16: Read a Whidbey Read

by Ruth G.


Ready for your next “16 in ‘16” theme? From March 12-31, pick any book that has been featured in the Whidbey Reads community-wide reading event.  Begun in 2003, Whidbey Reads is an annual program that brings Whidbey Island residents together to read and talk about a book. The 2016 selection is “The Wind is Not a River,” by Brian Payton.

We have unlimited access to this year’s ebook and eAudio on Overdrive until April 30, so if you’re a fan of either of those formats there is NO waitlist or hold queue for the digital editions.



However, for the “16 in ‘16” challenge, you’re free to choose from any of the past titles from Whidbey Reads, which gives you these additional options:


Not sure which title is your cup of tea?  Try our ever-helpful quiz!

Happy Reading!  I’ll check back with you on March 23 to see how everyone is doing with their Whidbey Reads pick. Remember, when you complete this challenge, be sure to enter it into the “16 in ’16” widget in the sidebar. You are free to skip back or ahead in the list of themes, but remember, you get the most points by reading along with the current theme.

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7 responses to “16 in ’16: Read a Whidbey Read”

  1. […] a Whidbey Reads book, past or present (Mar. 12 – Mar. […]

  2. Mary says:

    I’m happy to report that I’ve read all the Whidbey Reads books (currently reading The Wind is not a River). My favorite is still This House of Sky – by far Ivan Doig’s best work.

    • Ruth G. says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the Doig selection! I loved the audiobook of The Bartender’s Tale, but I haven’t read This House of Sky yet. For the Whidbey Reads challenge, I was planning to read West of Here by Jonathan Evison, but I just finished his This is Your Life, Harriet Chance, and it was so tragic that I opted for something a little upbeat before starting West of Here. Once the book on CD gets here, I’m plunging in! I’m glad I read Timothy Egan’s The Good Rain for my Local Author read, because I think the background on the dams in Egan’s book is going to dovetail with Evison’s novel.

  3. Krista L. says:

    I’ve read a few of the selections: Little Century, West of Here, Boys in the Boat, The Highest Tide…and have enjoyed them all. Will try This House of Sky next!

  4. Shannon Walker says:

    I grew up near New Orleans, surrounded by great food. My mother was an awful cook and the “food” she gave us was either raw, burnt, swimming in grease, or so bland it was tasteless. I devoted years to learning about food; how to choose it, how to prepare it, how to honor it, and how to eat it. The school of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister, is a beautiful novel that captures much of what food means to me. The words flow smoothly, allowing a brisk yet descriptive pace. Ms. Bauermeister develops each character so well that you can visualize them, but you can also smell the garlic and butter. If you enjoyed My Life in France by Julia Child, you will enjoy this book.

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