Author Archives: Marina M.

Narrator Spotlight: January LaVoy

by Marina M. To me, audiobooks are synonymous with car travel. I can’t remember the last time I was in my car and listened to the radio. It’s either an audiobook or some of my favorite podcasts playing while I tool around town. (I also adore Office Ladies but I’ll leave the better words said […]

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Spilling the Tea

by Marina M. A few weeks ago we had a post about adult beverages and their connection to the nerd world of pub trivia, knowledge, and libraries (both hosting trivia nights and the books for knowledge and recipes). I would like to offer up another beverage synonymous with libraries and reading. Tea! How often do […]

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The Not-So-Forbidden Fruit

by Marina M. What’s one thing Washington state is known for world-wide? Besides our rainy weather. Which isn’t as rainy as people outside the area might think. Amazon? Microsoft? Starbucks? The ferry system, which is the largest in the country? Having four out of the five longest floating bridges IN THE WORLD? Well, maybe all […]

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The Writing Stuff

by Marina M. A few months ago I took a hand lettering class. I thought, I have pretty good handwriting so it should be fun to make improvements on that. But, whoa. There’s a lot more work involved in making it look good. But it was so much fun. And lettering doesn’t require a huge […]

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History’s Hidden Stories

by Marina M. Over the course of this blog post I will link to several articles in our research databases. Any article link you click on will require you to log into your Sno-Isle account. I recently finished reading The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. Almost eight years of research by Sepetys went into […]

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Narrator Spotlight: More Read by the Author

by Marina M. I presented my first list of audio favorites read by the author over two years ago. I’m back to add to that list with a whole new crop of author-narrated audio favorites. In my own completely unscientific poll I’ve found that audiobooks read by the author tend to be memoirs. But there’s […]

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Working (and Volunteering) Like a Dog

by Marina M. Somebody recently told me I don’t write nearly enough posts about dogs. I think they were being sarcastic but since it was in an email I chose to take it seriously. Because I can. If you don’t know by now, I have a couple of dogs. A poodle mix and a pitbull […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Nora Roberts

  by Marina M. Welcome to August, fair readers. The one month of the year that even Washington feels the steamy, sultry summer weather. And, on that note, what’s more perfect for our Beyond Bestsellers theme for August than romance? Even if you don’t read romance, you’re likely to know the name Nora Roberts. She […]

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Surround Sound U.S. History Lessons

by Marina M. I may have just missed the opportunity to highlight some special titles for National Audiobook Month in June. Never fear, I’m just going to take that missed opportunity and turn it into a July two-fer. As I’m sure you all know, we will celebrate our country’s independence in a few days (*cue […]

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You Can’t Go Back, But You Can Rewatch

by Marina M. I’m swinging for the nostalgia fences in my posts this year. I’ve already mentioned one iconic 1989 movie so I thought I’d go the distance and highlight a couple other favorite movies celebrating their 30th year. I was spurred to this current path by a podcast from The Rewatchables about a certain […]

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