Bestseller Time Capsule

by Lindsey A. A few months ago I discovered a website (it’s not pretty) that lists past New York Times Best Sellers by week. What this generates is a literary time capsule from the time you were born. I turn 36 next month, specifically on July 31. I’m an Eighties baby, raised on a diet of Care […]

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A Journey Through the Ottoman Empire

By Kristi S. I have a confession: I am addicted to taking online quizzes. The reward of vague self-awareness is greater than the risk, in my opinion. I will drop everything to find out important things like what kind of potato I am (I am the down-to-earth mashed potato, by the way). So, when I […]

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In the Manor of Shirley Jackson

by Emily Z. A few weeks ago, I suddenly felt the urge to look up the release date for the film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The short answer is, it is unclear. However, the very next day, the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Award were announced. It was all a […]

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Pride 2018: These Characters Have Been Out

By Kaley C. ​Happy Pride to those who are celebrating this month! In the growing sea of LGBTQ+ literature, I’m a huge fan of stories with characters that go beyond coming out. While those narratives need to be told, I have found myself drawn to characters who identify as unapologetically LGBTQ+. In this post you’ll find intrigue, suspense, love, and even a […]

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Surviving Your Summer Road Trip

By Kristi S. Are you planning a road trip for this summer? If you are, I both admire your courage and question your sanity. A road trip sounds like my literal nightmare. The motion sickness, the confinement, dealing with other drivers, the fact that the majority of your vacation is effort rather than relaxation. I […]

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Highland Flings

By Marie B. Spring has finally sprung, the heather is in bloom, and, naturally, thoughts turn to romances featuring men who (probably) wear kilts.  Well, my thoughts do. Perhaps you think romance is not your cup of tea.  As a die-hard fan of mystery and suspense, that is exactly what I thought.  But…

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Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking Lists From You!

by Jackie P. Are you hungry yet? As all meals must come to an end, so, too, must this month’s Beyond Bestsellers challenge. What did you read this month? Share in the comments! Mad props to WarriorofMartok, and their Cooking, Supernatural Style book list. I love this creative interpretation of the theme: smozog000 shared their […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Food Board Games and Book Pairings

By Kaley C. It’s been awhile, but I’ve got another round of Board Games and Book pairing ready for you. This one is food-themed so we can celebrate this month of Beyond Bestsellers while playing these super fun games.

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Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking

by Jackie P Whether you’re looking for a recipe, information, or a good story, food-centric books can be found all over the library. This month, for our Beyond Bestsellers reading challenge, we’re looking at books focused on food and cooking. We have no-wait access on the ebook version of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene by […]

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Love is in the Air! Just Kidding, it’s Plague.

By Kristi S If you are cynical like me, or were not hit by cupid’s sparrow this year, last week might have gotten under your skin. Valentine’s Day is a holiday I have never enjoyed. Perhaps it is the shock of turning a corner in the store and finding everything bright pink. Maybe it is […]

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