Author Archives: Kristi S.

Wrapping Up Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism

by Kristi S. Well, the magic is gone and life is boring again. That may be a touch dramatic, but it is the end of November, which means it’s time to close the book on Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism. I’ve had so much fun reading around the world in this theme. I’ve never focused my […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism

By Kristi S. October is over, the magic of the holiday season is upon us, and we are just beginning the magic of a new Beyond Bestsellers theme. If my pointed clues weren’t enough for you to guess, this month’s theme is Magical Realism! If you need a reminder of what Beyond Bestsellers is all […]

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Looking for Ghosts and Feeling Spooky

By Kristi S. Ok, here’s the situation: I hate being scared. You will never see me at a horror movie, except the one time I was tricked into going. My friends told me we were seeing Brave (ironic, right?). I don’t do haunted houses, I don’t like being out in the dark, I’ve never read […]

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Patron Picks: Gentle Reads

by Kristi S. One of my favorite things about working in a library is seeing all the new books coming in. Unfortunately, my eyes are too big for my reading speed and I often find myself returning piles of titles that have gone unread. So I’m always grateful when I can talk with patrons about […]

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Hey, That’s My Jam!

By Kristi S. My deep love of canning and preserving started four years ago. It was the summer quarter of culinary school and I had just made a high-stress wedding cake when I decided I needed something more relaxing. I opened up The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and instantly fell in love with the process. […]

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A Journey Through the Ottoman Empire

By Kristi S. I have a confession: I am addicted to taking online quizzes. The reward of vague self-awareness is greater than the risk, in my opinion. I will drop everything to find out important things like what kind of potato I am (I am the down-to-earth mashed potato, by the way). So, when I […]

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Surviving Your Summer Road Trip

By Kristi S. Are you planning a road trip for this summer? If you are, I both admire your courage and question your sanity. A road trip sounds like my literal nightmare. The motion sickness, the confinement, dealing with other drivers, the fact that the majority of your vacation is effort rather than relaxation. I […]

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A Life of (true) Crime

By Kristi S. I was raised on true crime. I recognize that this is a weird statement, but it is completely true. I’ve had insomnia all my life, so instead of struggling to sleep I would stay up with my mom watching investigations unfold. We loved Dominick Dunne, 48 Hours Mystery, and Psychic Detectives. To […]

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Love is in the Air! Just Kidding, it’s Plague.

By Kristi S If you are cynical like me, or were not hit by cupid’s sparrow this year, last week might have gotten under your skin. Valentine’s Day is a holiday I have never enjoyed. Perhaps it is the shock of turning a corner in the store and finding everything bright pink. Maybe it is […]

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Audiobooks to Transcend Rush Hour

by Kristi S. Like most Western Washingtonians, I spend a lot of time sitting in traffic. A lot of time. Seriously, I spend more time on one freeway on-ramp than I do with my mother. So, I started bringing audiobooks on the road with me as a way to stay calm and composed while I drive. […]

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