Author Archives: Ruth G.

Retirement Wish List

by Ruth G. Having crossed the threshold of 50 some time ago, and thus become the recipient of flyers from AARP, the idea of retirement has started to intrigue me. Retirement won’t be happening anytime soon, but sometimes I see a book and think, “This one goes on the stuff-to-do-when-I’m-retired list.”     Maybe I’ll eat my […]

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Happy Tolkien Reading Day!

by Ruth G. (translation: that’s “Happy Tolkien Reading Day” in Hobbit Runes.) I recently read a fantasy novel by Jo Walton, Among Others, about a teenage girl, Morwenna, who deals with an unhappy life by reading copious amounts of Science Fiction and Fantasy. There’s a scene in this fantasy novel in which Morwenna’s mother, a witch, uses […]

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16 in ’16: Whidbey Reads feedback

  by Ruth G. So, Resolute Readers, are you reading the current Whidbey Reads title, or one from the past? By the looks of the comments I’ve gotten, most of you are choosing this year’s title, The Wind is not a River, by Brian Payton: Mary C: I just finished listening to The Wind is Not […]

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Celebrate Women’s History Month

by Ruth G. How do you want to celebrate Women’s History Month?  (And of course, I’m going to suggest — with books!) “For much of history, women’s stories have been marginalized. Women’s History Month offers the opportunity to highlight these forgotten or overlooked women from history and to celebrate the achievements and trials of women […]

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16 in ’16: Graphic Novel feedback

by Ruth G. How’s it going, Graphic Novel readers? I’m curious to hear what titles people are reading. Here’s a summary of blog comments: Shannon liked A.D. New Orleans After The Deluge by Josh Neufeld, Mission in a Bottle by Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff, and Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day by Wayne Vansant. Mary recommends The Oven by […]

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Celebrating Black History month

by Ruth G. This month, honor Black History month by treating yourself to a great book by an African American author.  Here are some suggestions.  Please share your favorites in the comment box at the bottom! God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison “At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning […]

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Book Resolutions for the New Year

Do you make any book-related resolutions this time of year?  “No more reading and walking at the same time” or “Don’t give up on a book before the 50-page mark” or “Try reading a Sci-Fic book” or “Don’t use family photos as book marks” (we library staff never know what to do with them). A […]

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Gift Books for Ruth’s Dad

My Dad lives out in Kitsap county and loves to restore old classic cars, takes pride in the size of his stack of firewood (which is kind of funny, since his last name is “Woodman”), is conservative in his outlook, and now that he’s in his 80s, is slowing down and finding he has more […]

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Gift Books for Ruth’s Mom

Both my parents are in their 80s and have always loved to read, so this year Mom & Dad are each getting a big stack of books to get them through the winter.  I can just imagine Dad stoking the fire in the woodstove, then settling down in his recliner with a book, while Mom […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Lenita Sheridan

(by Lenita Sheridan) Though Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, she spent most of her growing up years in Fairbanks, Alaska, particularly the Goldstream Valley. She loved to play in the Alaskan woods. The forest was a source of imagination and inspiration for her. She became a Christian at age eleven. Her Christianity has influenced […]

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