Author Archives: Marie B.

Eat It

by Marie B. Who likes food?  Me!  If you’re human, chances are you do, too.  You probably already know how important three square meals a day are, but what about the time between meals when your stomach feels as if it’s rubbing against your backbone?   Enter the snack.  Snack food is so important that February […]

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Gimme Shelter

by Marie B. It’s time to deploy my winter plan, which involves donning my fuzzy slippers, procuring a warm beverage, and hunkering down with a good read. Yes, storms may be raging outside, but I will be snug as a bug.  Still, I do love the spectacle of stormy weather. Luckily, there are numerous books […]

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Don’t I Know You?

by Marie B. Are you a people watcher like me?  While it’s true that I kouldn’t kare less about keeping up with the Kardashians (no judgement here!), I do generally enjoy reading about famous people.  Chances are good that I’ll never meet anyone famous in real life, but I can encounter them in a story.  […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: James Patterson

by Marie B I don’t know about you, but I enjoy October and its rather gloomy weather.  It’s perfect for hunkering down with a warm beverage and a good book.  As the days grow darker, dear reader, so does Beyond Bestsellers.  This month our focus is on crime fiction.

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Some Like it Hot

by Marie B. Well, the sun has set on another Pacific Northwest summer.  Some years we’re lucky to have two weeks of warmish weather all season long, but we had a good run in 2019.  While I enjoy the warm days, the mercury can only rise so high before it gets to be too hot […]

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Eating Weeds

by Karen A. Sometimes I miss the big, beautiful views when I am out hiking because I am looking down at the ground.  Why, you ask?  Because even when I am hiking I am thinking about food, and I don’t want to walk right over something tasty!  There is something deeply rewarding in the process […]

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Trust Me

by Marie B. Here I am, reading my book, totally immersed, when WHAMMO, I discover something so shocking that it makes me question everything that has come before.  Welcome to the Unreliable Narrator plot device. You might think that classifying a book as having an unreliable narrator is enough to spoil the story.  Through hard […]

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Killing Me Softly

by Marie B. It’s no secret that I am a fan of gritty mysteries.  I am often feverishly turning pages when I really ought to be sleeping – I have to know what happens next!  Sometimes, though, I want to kick the terror down a couple of notches with a kinder, gentler mystery.  That’s where […]

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Rome: The Eternal City

by Karin T. I love Rome for its food, fashion, art, history and ancient ruins. The soaring umbrella pines. The wisteria in spring. Rome offers hundreds of paintings, sculptures, monuments and churches I want to see, and just one glorious week to see it all. But my philosophy of travel is to see a few […]

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A Conversation with Author Matthew Sullivan

by Marie B. Whidbey is smack dab in the middle of Whidbey Reads, where the community reads one book and Whidbey community libraries host a wide range of programs related to the book’s themes.  The 2019 selection is Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan.  You’ll have a chance to meet Sullivan at […]

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