Author Archives: Emily Z

In the Manor of Shirley Jackson

by Emily Z. A few weeks ago, I suddenly felt the urge to look up the release date for the film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The short answer is, it is unclear. However, the very next day, the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Award were announced. It was all a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous SFF: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Emily Z. It’s the end of the month and time to check in and pack up Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy, or as I like to say to myself (very loudly) “HSFF!” After all I read and learned leading up to this month I can now confidently state that I am a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction & Fantasy

by Emily Z. For those of you keeping score at home, this is our 10th Beyond Bestsellers month. If you’re just joining us, check out the Original Post explaining how to play along. We still love seeing your own personal lists of recommendations and encourage you to sign up so you can get notifications about this […]

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LibraryReads List May 2018

by Emily Z. It’s that time again–time to begin the transition from sweaters to summer tops and also to unveil the May book picks from LibraryReads. Maybe keep an extra sweater in your car, though. The sun will make up its mind soon. The LibraryReads readers have selected a vivid array of titles this month, […]

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Unladylike: The Way of the Uncooperative Woman

By Emily Z. This all started with a book about female serial killers. I don’t quite remember how, but that book led to a book about being a single lady before it was cool. From there I discovered books about or by remarkable, multifarious women who were all very different in their approach to being […]

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Meet the WA Authors of the 3rd Grade Reading Challenge

by Karin T. This month, Washington authors Patrick Jennings and Kelly Jones have even more third-grade fans than usual. Patrick and Kelly visited schools in Snohomish and Island counties as part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a literary trivia program. Third graders work together to develop […]

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LibraryReads List March 2018

By Emily Z. In the land of LibraryReads, March appears to be a month for a little madness, or at least, some psychologically intriguing thrillers and realistic fictional dramas filled with twists and trials. The other thread that seems to be linking most of these titles together? Complex female protagonists with troubled pasts. Perhaps this […]

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Picture Book Writers: Children’s Author Biographies

by Emily Z. In the other half of my library life I plan library storytimes for children. Before I ran away and joined the library, I ran the children’s department at a bookstore. At this point I’m no longer certain which came first, a love of children’s literature or a livelihood that demanded it. Either […]

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LibraryReads List February 2018

by Emily Z. Can you even believe it is already February? Whether or not you’re thrilled with the pace of this year’s progress, February’s LibraryReads List has a little bit of everything to distract you from tax season. There’s family drama (real and fictional), chilling thrillers, continuing dystopian travails, historical fiction, and Sophie Kinsella, bringing the love just […]

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Self Help(less)

By Emily Z. Are you ready to revolutionize your new year’s resolution? Deep-dive into a personal epoch of self-help, self-control, and self-confidence? Me neither. It’s dark outside, it’s cold, and maybe, like me, you’re having regrets about downing so many deviled eggs like they were Jello shots (or vice versa) over the holiday(s). It’s time […]

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