Author Spotlight: Barbara Hambly

By Jennifer K. Do you like mysteries? Historical fiction? Epic fantasy? Horror? Wait, do you like Star Wars? How about vampires? Well, let me introduce you to Barbara Hambly, one of my all-time favorite authors, who writes all of those kinds of books – and does it damn well. I discovered Hambly when I was […]

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Quick Listens

By Hannah K.  I love having someone tell me a story. Yes, I love reading books too, but that doesn’t temper my love for audiobooks. The right narrator can craft new life from a text. Not necessarily better than reading something yourself, but listening to a book can create a completely different experience. It’s a […]

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In Praise of a Reliable Narrator

By Jennifer K. If you read crime and suspense fiction, you know that antiheroes and unreliable narrators are all the rage. Some of the bestselling novels of the last five years (like Gone Girl, The Witch Elm, and The Girl on the Train) feature morally compromised narrators. You simply cannot trust them. I like all […]

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Prose Bowl 2020: Round 1

  by SnoIsleLib_Suggests It’s March Madness Time!

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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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We Used to Be Friends: Books & Shows for Veronica Mars Fans

by Lisa C. A long time ago, I used to be a Veronica Mars fan, but I haven’t thought of her lately at all. Unless you count two weeks ago when season 4 was released early and I immediately binge-watched it in 4 days! Alas, 8 short episodes later and she’s gone again. What’s a […]

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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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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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Killing Me Softly

by Marie B. It’s no secret that I am a fan of gritty mysteries.  I am often feverishly turning pages when I really ought to be sleeping – I have to know what happens next!  Sometimes, though, I want to kick the terror down a couple of notches with a kinder, gentler mystery.  That’s where […]

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