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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Beyond Bestsellers: Humor, That’s All Folks!

By Kristi S. We’ve reached the end of Beyond Bestsellers: Humor, but that doesn’t mean that the laughs have to stop! If you have not had your fill of humorous books this month, keep browsing lists and our many blog posts for suggestions. If you want to see all of your options, you can search […]

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Happiness Guaranteed: Love in Lit, Part 2

by Lisa C. If you read last month’s post, Happiness Not Guaranteed: Love in Lit Part 1, you may have assumed that I’d never met a happy love story I liked. Sure, I said great love stories are tragic and agonizing. Well, that was only partly true. To quote Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, […]

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My Childhood in Books

by Lindsey A. In February, I was fortunate to attend the 15th Annual Western Washington University’s Children’s Literature Conference. I watched presentations from Pam Muñoz Ryan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sophie Blackall, and Kevin Henkes. A common theme among these youth authors and illustrators was their personal history of reading; specially, what led them to become […]

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Fictional Bucket Lists

by Lindsey A. We’re all familiar with the idea of the bucket list – a list of things you would like to do over the course of your life. A fictional bucket list is a list of things you would love to do, see, eat, and characters you would love to meet within the fictional […]

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Nostalgia

by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Veterans Day

by Marina I recently finished listening to Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator–her vocal inflections came across as too “cutesy” for me. Even though Roach writes humor with a deft hand in her scientific topics I felt it needed a narrator with slightly […]

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16 in ’16: Read a Young Author

by Danielle I managed to volunteer for the hardest of all the Reading Resolutions 16 in ‘16 categories: Read an Author Under 30. Now this doesn’t just mean authors born in 1986 or later (like Jazz Jennings), but any author who published their first book by 30 (so Stephen King’s Carrie is included).  I probably don’t […]

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Summer Time Comfort Books

By Stacey Some books leave such a warm memory, you like to revisit them from time to time. For me summer is a lovely season for finding the time to reread some old favorites. With so much to read what makes the reader return to an old favorite? What touches you? I asked staff at […]

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16 in ’16: Read a Retelling Feedback

by Lindsey I hope by now you have found a retelling that appeals to you, whether it’s one of our suggestions or a discovery of your own. Ariana offered a lot of great suggestions for our last theme, Read a YA Book, and she also has some recommendations for this theme. My Mother She Killed […]

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