Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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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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Beyond Bestsellers Moves On, Making Historical Fiction History

by Denise D. As April nears its end, it’s time to move our Historical Fiction month into the bin of history. But first, check out these lists that our fellow readers created!

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Beyond Bestsellers: Historical Fiction

by Denise D. Welcome back! Happy April, Readers! We hope you enjoyed the Prose Bowl hiatus and had fun voting for your favorite books of 2018. Now, it’s time to put away the ballots and get back to making lists for Beyond Bestsellers. Speaking of time, April’s theme is all about times past — historical fiction.

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Flying High: Fearless Female Aviators

by Melleny T. When I was in the seventh grade, I chose to be Amelia Earhart for Night of the Notables. Earhart’s entire story fascinated me – her courage, the obstacles she encountered, and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. I may or may not have worn that aviator cap more often than was strictly necessary. Even […]

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Did You Like Overlord?

By Jennifer K. Overlord was a 2018 World War II movie in which good guys parachute into occupied France, where they fight Nazis and also zombies. That’s right: there are good guys, Nazis, zombies, and zombie Nazis. There’s also a beautiful French Resistance fighter, several vials of glowing liquid, and a zombie-making Nazi scientist who wears […]

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If You Liked The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight) Trilogy

by Denise D. So, did you recently finish The Winter of the Witch and thus the entire Winternight Trilogy? Or are you still in the hold line? Are you looking for another historical fantasy featuring a strong, somewhat rebellious, young woman with otherworldly abilities who won’t settle for the oppression of magic? All set in a beautifully […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Up Lit

By Kristi S. February is here and it’s time for our new Beyond Bestsellers theme. If you need a reminder of what Beyond Bestsellers is all about, here’s a quick recap. For the month of February, we are going to be exploring Up Lit! Never heard of Up Lit? Neither had I until I started […]

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Wrapping Up Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism

by Kristi S. Well, the magic is gone and life is boring again. That may be a touch dramatic, but it is the end of November, which means it’s time to close the book on Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism. I’ve had so much fun reading around the world in this theme. I’ve never focused my […]

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If You Liked the Night Circus…

By Kaley C. It took me an embarrassing amount of time to read The Night Circus. A very eager colleague of mine with similar reading tastes was insistent that I’d love it, and they were right! It’s not a straightforwardly fantasy novel, but pretty darn close and would be a great suggestion for those looking […]

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