Category Archives: Books

I Like Weird Books and I Cannot Lie

by Melleny T. I can’t say that I’m a fan of needlessly long books, but I do gravitate toward the weird ones. By weird, I mean the books that stretch the common definitions of novel, plot, and even character, and showcase the author’s creativity and meticulous attention to detail. If a book has a gimmick, […]

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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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A Few Hidden Gems: Pacific Northwest Fiction

By Jennifer K. The Pacific Northwest is home to many brilliant and bestselling authors: Macomber, Alexie, Hannah, Le Guin, Stephenson … If you’re interested in the regional literary scene, you probably already know all about those. I’d like to introduce you to a few Pacific Northwest reads you might not have heard of.

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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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Confessions of a Bookaholic: Summer Longhaul Travel Edition

by Denise D. Recently, I picked up a gem of a comic collection: Book Love by Debbie Tung. Much like Tung’s Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, this book was page after page of, yep, that’s me. To a T. Whereas Quiet Girl is about the challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert world, […]

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The Endless Summers

By Isaac H. I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume that a majority of people would choose Summer as their favorite season. Warm days perfect for hiking, hitting the waters or firing up the grill. Warm nights great for camping or gazing at the stars. Who couldn’t love that? Well, a […]

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Not Just for the Beach Reads

by Lisa C. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, astronomically speaking, and that means it is time to bring your reading outdoors! Though this is the season of the beach read, you don’t need to limit yourself to sandy destinations. For instance, you can read on a mountain, by a pool, in your backyard, or […]

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Walk it Out

By Kristi S. It’s (almost) officially summer and the weather is inching its way towards the mid-70s. That means Washingtonians are pulling out their shorts and hitting the trails to enjoy our beautiful state.     I love walking and hiking, especially with my dog Huffle. Some of my fondest childhood memories come from day […]

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Animal House: Memoirs of Farm Life

By Julie T. The connection between people and animals can be powerful. When I first planned this post, I fully intended to talk about a range of farm life experiences. From the corn fields of Iowa to the timber lands of the Pacific Northwest (yes, tree farms count) and the cow pastures of Texas (think […]

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Rainbow Kids: Picture Books for Pride Month

by Melleny T. As you may know, June is Pride Month (or Gay Pride Month, or LGBTQ Pride Month, or whatever you choose to call it). It’s a time to remember that love is love, your identity is your own, and the world is full of a wide range of beautiful colors. It’s also the […]

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