So Long! Farewell!

by Liz K.

Welcome to my last blog post as a member of the Readers’ Services Team! Blog writing, book list making, and reading challenge planning…My three-year term has flown by! Busy and fun, with a dash of occasional stress, I am really going to miss being part of this group. So now what? What am I going to do with all my free time and free brain power? Petition an extension of my term? Nope! Read…The answer is read. Starting today, I am going to read without abandon again. Read without taking notes or worrying that my choices are getting stale! Read without worrying that the cover art is going to get me in trouble! It is going to be glorious.

Some highlights from my list:

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

My bestie lives across the country. Exactly 1,595.4 miles away according to Google Maps. We recently decided we should try reading the same book and then video messaging about it. Not a book group mind you, distance and time zones make set meetings hard after all. We’ve dubbed it “synchronized reading” instead. This is our first pick for our foray into SR. Not a new book, but a new author to me. I read Along the Infinite Sea over the summer and loved it! Connected, but not truly a prequel, I am hoping this title pulls us in the same way. 
Set against the backdrop of World War I, Deputy Constance Kopp takes on the socioeconomic and legal struggles of women in 1916 . I mean, she’s already taken on members of the Black Hand society and help catch an escaped prisoner so why not?! Based on the real life of the nation’s first female Deputy Sheriff, Stewart’s first two books were a perfect mix of historical fiction and mystery. If this one is anything like those two, I will not be disappointed. Sound like your cup of tea, too? I would highly recommend checking this series out!


Seventeen and pregnant, Sadie Blue is trapped in a horrific marriage to a moonshiner husband in 1970s Appalachia. With reviews calling it “tender but powerful,” I am hoping this makes a suitable fictional companion to my favorite non-fiction title of the year, Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance.


You can check out my full 2018 reading list here. Well…not quite the full list. Those with questionable covers have been omitted. Obviously.
Happy reading!

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4 responses to “So Long! Farewell!”

  1. Joy Lauderbaugh says:

    I enjoyed A Thousand Summers, too. Well drawn characters and interesting plot lines. Beatriz Williams is a gifted author with several books to her credit.

  2. Lindsey Anderson says:

    I’m going to miss having you on the team! I’ve always appreciated your great taste. I also have good friends who live across the country and I LOVE the idea of “synchronized reading!” How often do you think you’ll start a new book?

    • Liz K. (SnoIsleLib_LizK) says:

      Thanks, Lindsey! I’m going to miss you and the team dynamic too! This is our first shot at the SR, but I’m thinking every month/6 weeks or so. She is a soon-to-be mom of 2 under 2, plans may change:)

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