Author Archives: Denise D.

Spends lots of time in fictional worlds with characters she'd like to meet in the real world. True believer in the notion that reading makes us better people by letting us try on another's shoes for a moment.

Sampling Shorts for Short Story Month

by Denise D.  Do you short story? Imagine yourself perusing the new books shelves. A cover catches your eye. Perhaps it’s the color. Maybe it’s the art. Or an author you’ve been meaning to try. You reach out. Pick it up. And then you notice the finer print: Stories.  What do you do? Murmur that you […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Middle Eastern Cravings

by Denise D.  Choose one food? Every once in awhile, my son asks me an impossible question. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Unlike his other queries (choose a superpower, describe your dream house), this one panics me. Choosing one food is like choosing one […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: an End to the Suspense

by Denise D.  What a roller coaster month it has been! Snow, daffodils, sleet, cherry blossoms, t-shirts, triple layers. The weather definitely twisted us around. Did the suspense? Did you find some good reads to keep you up late into the night, peeking over your shoulder? I hit the jackpot with recent suspense releases that […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Is the Suspense Entertaining You?

by Denise D.  Ides of March Happy Ides of March, Beyond Bestsellers! (Hopefully the day is treating you better than it did Julius Caesar and the only thing making you wary is the suspense in your novel!) Did our quiz lead you to a good match? Have you read enough suspense to create a list? If so, we’d […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Suspense

by Denise D.  It’s March! That means daffodils, college basketball, and spring.  For those participating in our Beyond Bestsellers community reading challenge, March means a new theme. (Check out Jocelyn’s January blog if you need a refresher on how to participate in Beyond Bestsellers.) What’s our theme for March? Ready?… Wait! Who’s that reading over […]

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Stiff Upper Lip, Apocalypse Version

by Denise D.  Packing Packing for the annual visit with family, I quickly skimmed my To Be Read (TBR) pile. Plentiful reading options are the travel essential. Even for a last-minute packer. Later, as the 737 filled, I scanned my choices. Predominantly dystopian tales set in England? Well, that’s one way to put holiday travel into […]

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Solstice Musings

by Denise D.  A Year in Reading Settling into the short days and long nights of late December, one often reflects on the year nearing its end. For me, that meant looking at My Completed Shelf in Bibliocommons. What did I read in 2017? What did I love? Other Worlds Turns out, I spent a lot […]

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LibraryReads List November 2017

by Denise D.  Thankful for transporting reads It’s November– time to be thankful! I’m thankful for fluffy blankets, snuggling cats and new fall books. The perfect autumn activity! Books that transport me to another place or time– so that I can travel without disturbing the cats– earn double gratitude. The November 2017 LibraryReads list delivers. […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Confessions and Suggestions from a Western Avoider

by Denise D. Confession Library folk like books (not a secret). But most of us have one (or more) genres we read with great reluctance. For years, Westerns were my genre-to-avoid. A library friend once described Westerns as romance for men. That explanation sufficed for me. I don’t really like romance and I’m not a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Atmospheric mysteries to carry you away

by Denise As you might have noticed, I have a bit of a travel obsession. I feed that addiction with books when I can’t hit the road or skies. It’s all about setting… When it comes to armchair escape, few genres suit for a quick trip quite like mysteries. Detectives snoop around hidden corners, question […]

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