Thursday, November 20, 2014

Great Books for Gifting: Nonfiction*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=6*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=5

Nonfiction is like a candy shop - there is a perfect flavor for every reader, and so many possibilities to choose from!  Ask your librarian for suggestions to please each of the people on your gift list.  Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=7,%20a%20whale,%20and%20a%20walrus&relation=ALL&by=KW&term2=erickson&relation2=ALL&by2=KW&bool1=AND&bool4=AND&limit=TOM=*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=2*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=3

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Great Books For Gifting: Adult Fiction*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=5*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=6*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=7

Books are the perfect gift.  There are such a variety to choose from.  For friends and family who prefer to read fiction, here is an eclectic mix with something for everyone on your list... And for your own reading pleasure, as well!*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=2*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=4*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=3

Monday, November 17, 2014

Great Books for Gifting to Young Children*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=26*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=24*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=27

It is the time of year when people are searching for the perfect gift.  Why not give the gift of reading – a gift that keeps on giving.  Here are a few selections to help you ignite a lifelong love of reading, learning and imagination for the youngest members on your list:*&sort=RELEVANCE&page=0&searchid=23

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Author Next-Door: Guest Post by Valerie Stein

Valerie Stein has spent the last 30 years teaching, most recently as Library Media Specialist for a small independent school in Snohomish County. Valerie’s first book is a memoir of her mother’s journey through terminal illness, begun shortly after her death in 1983. The Best of It: A Journal of Life, Love and Dying was published by Homeostasis Press in 2009. She has since taken proprietorship of the Press, inherited from her author father, embarking on a whole new adventure. Her latest book, Time Enough to Shine, is a historical novel set in both Washingtons during World War I, will be published next year. Valerie is currently researching for a middle grade historical fiction series, also set in Washington State. She will soon start blogging with the famous (at least in librarian circles) From the Mixed Up Files.

Here is a far-too-short list of some of Valerie’s lifelong favorite books, in no particular order of preference:

The Source, by James Michener, 
The Velvet Room, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 
The Pink Motel, by Carol Ryrie Brink, 
The People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks, 
Becoming Naomi León, by Pam Munoz Ryan (favorite novel to read aloud to 4th graders ever), 
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 
Boxes for Katje, by Candace Fleming, 
Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins.

Meet Valerie TODAY at 2 pm at the The Author Next-Door event at Snohomish Library

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Author Next-Door

Did you know that a wealth of authors live in the Sno-Isle area? Meet the authors next-door and celebrate reading and community while learning more about some of the published authors who live among us. Participate in an interactive panel of authors who write for all ages on a variety of subjects, from children’s picture books to adult fiction and non-fiction. Books will be available for signing and purchase.

We'll also be highlighting participating authors on this blog with guest posts over the next serveral weeks. Whenever you see the badge to the left, you'll be hearing from on of our local authors. We're very excited to support and celebrate the artists in our community, and we hope you're excited to learn more about some of the people who make living in Snohomish and Island Counties special. 

Snohomish Library
Sunday, November 2, 2pm

Coupeville Library
Wednesday, November 5, 1pm

Freeland Library
Sunday, November 9, 2pm
Pat Brunjes

Mukilteo Library
Sunday, November 16, 2pm

Stanwood Library
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm

That Book You Just Can’t Put Down

It is a delicious feeling to be immersed in a book that you can't put down.  It is even better when that book is part of a series and you know that you have many more enticing titles to look forward to.  Though you may read prolifically, it is a rare treat to come across a story that urges and compels you to stop all other distractions – work, play, electronic, etc. – and allow yourself the time and indulgence to become engrossed in reading. 
My first encounter with this phenomenon was as a child reading The Emerald City of Oz and the rest of the Oz series, by L. Frank Baum, quickly followed by the works of Laura Engels Wilder, Walter Farley, C. S. Lewis, Ursula Le Guin, and J.R.R. Tolkien.  I jumped from series to series, book to book, easily slipping into literary worlds with great pleasure.
As an adult, I am much busier and less able to find time for reading.  It is harder to shut out the world.  When I do find the time to read, interruptions and distractions are abundant and most books are put aside without too much thought.  Reading has become a “catch as you can” activity.  That being said...  Every once in a while, a story will come along and grab my attention, urging me to get lost in a book.  When I start to look forward to commuting to work so that I can listen to an audiobook or stay up all night in order to finish another chapter, I know that I am savoring a gem of a read – the book that I just can’t put down.  If I am lucky, it will be at least 600 pages long!

What are some of your favorite “can’t put it down” books?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Unrequited Love

Why are star-crossed lovers more satisfying than those happily-ever-afters? One author shares,

“I have to admit, an unrequited love is so much better than a real one. I mean, it's perfect... As long as something is never even started, you never have to worry about it ending. It has endless potential.” ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Some of the more memorable doomed lovers I've enjoyed are:

Lily Owens and Zach Taylor - Secret Life of Bees

Cassandra and Simon - I Capture the Castle

Henry Lee & Keiko Okabe - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Miles and Alaska - Looking for Alaska

Cathy and Heathcliff - Wuthering Heights

Got any to add the the list?