Readers’ Corner: Sports Fiction

Sports and storytelling are often used together to create something that many types of book lovers appreciate. According to Book Genres, the Sports Fiction genre is full of “stories where a sport has an impact on the plot or main character.” It could be about a high school athlete that gets involved in a sports program saving him from a life of drugs, a coach who gives everything to their team, or a group of misfits who bond over their shared love of sports, making a tightly bound friend circle that follows them through the rest of their lives.

One thing is for sure: if sports are your passion, then a great Sports Fiction novel is your game.  So, find your seat, and enjoy this week’s Readers’ Corner selection: Sports Fiction.


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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BookTube: Dumplin’ Official Trailer

Netflix just put out their first trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Julie Murphy’s book, Dumplin’, and we cannot wait to see if they can do this fabulous book justice!

Oh, and here’s a link to all the different formats we own of this book, too, in case you’d like to request it to compare for yourself.

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Readers’ Corner: Books to Make You Cry

If you’re an emotional book lover like us, you’ve probably found yourself crying while reading a good tearjerker. There are plenty of heart-wrenching books where you empathize with the character’s pain, but our favorites are the ones that provoke a physical reaction like crocodile tears, super sobs, loss of breath, and even a tinge of heart pain. Those reads that can’t easily contain tears with a simple dab or two at the eyes.  The kind that makes your face crumple. And while we might not suggest crying in public, we do hope you will open up a fresh box of tissues and spend a few chapters crying with something from this week’s Readers’ Corner: Tearjerkers – Book to Make You Cry .

Tissue up, people!


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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BookTube: Otherworld Trailer

The New York Times Bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller invite you to Otherworld, a world where you can be your best self, live with no limitations, and live life to the fullest.

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BookTube: Author Confessionals-Strangest Fears

Teen authors Sara Raasch (These Rebel Waves), Bailee Madison (Loosing Brave), Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) and others discuss their strange fears. Let us know if you have read their books in the comments section!

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Readers’ Corner: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. It is a member-led organization whose mission is “to build local power in order to help intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by state and vigilantes.” BLM works toward a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted and helps support, educate, and provide starting points for conversation about the difficulties facing the Black community.

The selections on this week’s Readers’ Corner bravely cover issues of justice, race, and privilege.  We hope you will explore and learn something new from this Black Lives Matter booklist.


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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BookTube Trailer: Seafire

The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury RoadSeafire follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet. By Natalie Parker.

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Readers’ Corner: Climate Change Fallout SciFi

The world as we know it is gone. Something terrible has happened and in its wake, humanity must once again reset its priorities. Can we, in this resource-scarce new world, fashion some kind of idea that there is a global will to make the switch in the face of greed and inertia, serene faces, and clothes fashioned from hemp? Or are we doomed to be selfish hoarders, creating even greater scarcity which we can then leverage for our own benefit?
This week’s Readers’ Corner features Climate Change Fallout reads. While post-apocalyptic science fiction isn’t new, you may have noticed an uptick of books set in the wake of some kind of major climate disaster. Some call it “cli-fi” — sci-fi infused with the increasingly frightening impacts of climate change. In fact, cli-fi has been creeping out of the fantasy and science fiction sections of bookstores and libraries and into the mainstream.  It isn’t hard to imagine global warming gone wrong, GMO overload, or hurricanes gone wild. If you set aside large corporate names and unusual weather patterns, you may realize you’re just looking at a version of us not all that far in the future. We begin to relate in a wild roller coaster/upset stomach kind of way.
Even so, we all love a great cli-fi out of control read.  Check out a few of our favorites.


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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BookTube: Red Queen Series-Victoria Aveyard Tells All!

Victoria Aveyard, author of the Red Queen series, explains her writing process and reveals secrets you may have missed while reading this award-winning series. Be sure to check out the dramatic finale to the series, War Storm. New to the Red Queen series? Then start with Red Queen.

Do you have something to share about the Red Queen series? Leave it in the comments section below!

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Readers’ Corner: Non-Fiction Graphic Novels

This week, the Readers’ Corner brings you extra-compelling nonfiction books that span all kinds of interests and curiosities, and oh so much art!

A nonfiction graphic novel can present information in a more familiar and easily digestible format.  While many graphic novels are biographical in nature, there are other nonfiction topics covered in graphic novel form as well.  Don’t be fooled by their oxymoron genre title (since a novel is really fiction). Revel in learning through the art of texted pictures equally as captivating, thought-provoking, and worldview-affecting as their fiction counterparts with something from this week’s featured booklist: Non-Fiction Graphic Novels.


Marissa & Robyn @ Mariner and Darrington Libraries

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