Author Archives: Lois H.

Social Distancing with Sourdough

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) I was gifted a sourdough starter last summer. I made two loaves of sourdough bread and then promptly forgot about its existence in the back of my refrigerator. Then I started working from home. After the first few weeks of social distancing, I noticed an increase in sourdough bread-related […]

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Runaway Bunny

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) It doesn’t take much to get me spiraling down a WikiHole, on a Google frenzy, or placing holds on every book written by my current author of interest. When I’m interested in a topic, I want it all. And I want it now. Like the time I listened to […]

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2019 Sno-Isle Staff Favorites

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) Throughout the first month of 2020, we asked Sno-Isle staff to send us their favorite titles from the previous year. It’s a tradition we’ve upheld over the years and this year we have even more lists! All submissions had to be published or released in 2019 and staff were […]

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Body Positive Resolutions

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) As another year comes to its end, I find myself drawn to the ever tantalizing New Years’ resolution. Maybe this year I’ll actually complete Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge. Or the Northwest Winter Challenge, where you run or walk outside for at least one mile every day in […]

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Indigenous Picture Books

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) During the month of November—a month shared by Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving—it’s easy to return to the stories we’ve always read about the holiday. Books we read as children. Or books by authors we recognize. But how do these books depict Indigenous characters? Do they contain stereotypes […]

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LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Infernal Adaptations

by Lois H. Every summer, I look forward to packing a perfect picnic and settling in to enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Recently, I attended performances of the three plays in the Island Shakespeare Festival’s tenth anniversary season. I cried through The Winter’s Tale. Cried with laughter through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the […]

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Summer Jams

by Lois H. Much like the festive months of winter, the summer season has its own genre of music. Summer jams are often less lyrically specific than holiday tunes. They usually connote the feeling of summer through composition and melody. And while we all seem to share a collective cultural understanding of holiday music, summer […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Bye, Bye Biographies!

by Lois H. It’s the end of the month already and it’s time for us to say goodbye to biographies and memoirs. This doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye, of course, but we’ll be moving on to something a little different. Starting in July, Beyond Bestsellers is going to start focusing less on […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Memoirs and Biographies

by Lois H. Happy June and welcome to another month of Beyond Bestsellers! I hope you had some good laughs last month as we celebrated all things humorous. This month, we’ll be taking a walk in another person’s shoes. That’s right—it’s Memoir and Biography month. Need a refresher on Beyond Bestsellers? Here’s a quick rundown.

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