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.

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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It’s all Greek to Me: Filtering by Region for Armchair Travel

by Denise When it comes to travel preparation, my goal is to make the journey last as long as possible. I start with guidebooks and language preparation.  Then the fun– luxuriating in novels that take place in my destination. No genre boundaries My genre of choice? I am all over the place. Well-researched and compelling historical […]

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Armchair Travel: Inspiration and Memories

by Denise  Last month, I shared my thoughts on travel guides. But what if you don’t know where you want to go? Or can’t easily travel? The library can still help. We have materials that let you travel without leaving your couch. Drone-spiration Photos are a traditional media for armchair travel. Postcards, vacation slideshows, travel […]

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Odyssey-ize your Travel Planning at the Library

by Denise Extend your vacation for free! Spring break fades in the rear view mirror. Summer appears on the horizon. Maybe your thoughts turn to travel… Dreaming of escaping to Glacier National Park or the Galapagos Islands? For me, planning travel is part of the adventure. Once the travel bug has bitten, I turn to the […]

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Audio Spotlight: Stories that Take You Away

by Denise A few weeks ago, Marina shared audiobooks that eased her commute. Like Marina, I rely on audiobooks for company while on the road. Whereas Marina tends toward nonfiction audiobooks, I thrive on fiction. My eyes on the road, a section of my mind relaxes by wandering into fictional worlds brought to life by […]

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Families, Separated — New Takes

by Denise Lately, I’ve hit the jackpot. Every book I’ve opened has lured me in from the first page. Reads too good not to share. The problem? Spanning genres, audiences, and themes, these good reads don’t easily fit into one category. However, with a little pondering, I realized they all touch upon a common theme: […]

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Prose Bowl – Round 2

The first cut is the deepest. You voted in Round 1. We tallied. 16 became 8. We lost Mary-Louise Parker, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, and that wacky podcast turned novel, Welcome to Night Vale. Now it is time for Round 2 of the Prose Bowl 2017! Are you ready? Is your favorite still in contention? Are […]

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Do Good Things Come in Threes?

by Denise I have a friend who refuses to read books in a series.  She’d rather spend the time discovering new wonders. Another friend reads series, but waits until all the books are published so she can delve in and immediately finish. (If you’re eagerly awaiting George R.R. Martin’s “The Winds of Winter,” you likely […]

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