Friday, June 26, 2015


When was the last time you were asked for ID?
My last time was at the Kingdome-double proof I am a baby boomer.

Do you remember card catalogs and no talking in the library?

How about rotary phones?

Getting up to change the channel? Fortunately, I only remember there being 5 or 6.

Books to revisit:

Movies to revisit:

Monday, June 22, 2015

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It's finally summer, though, this year, it has felt like summer for quite a while…  Time to hit the beach!   Give yourself a mini holiday: walk a shoreline, build sandcastles with your kids and splash your feet in tide pools while observing the crabs, starfish and gulls. Take advantage of our rare run of warm weather to enjoy the luxury of endless nearby beach options.  You could set a goal to visit a different beach each week.  Here are a few books that may inspire you to explore the wonders Puget Sound has to offer and get creative with the treasures you find on the sand.  Don’t forget your sun screen!*&query=&page=0&searchid=4*&query=&page=0&searchid=3*&query=&page=0&searchid=3

Sunday, June 14, 2015

My tangled reading web

Usually I come up with a blog post theme by looking at what I've been reading and figuring out some way that they can be wrangled into a category.  Problem is, in the last several weeks, I've been reading such a random assortment of books that I can't come up with any theme.  I'm a little bit worried that my book suggestions this week are so disjointed that no matter who you are, you are bound to be offended by one of them.  So:  I decided to draw a chart showing how I stumbled across my reading choices:

Am I the only one with such a random process of finding the next book to read?  Tell me how you chose your latest stack of books.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summertime Fun!

School is almost out and with it comes summer vacation season. I am sure we have a few readers for whom summer break means fantastical European tours (!), but I would be willing to bet that for most, summer vacation involves sticking much closer to home. Lucky for us we live in such a beautiful place, with such beautiful places to explore!

I grew up camping. The tent-in-the-woods-no-bathroom kind of camping. I have lots of wonderful memories of our weekends in the woods - Rock collecting, river swimming, marshmallow stick hunting. My few bad memories all have one thing in common - RAIN. Waking up in a wet tent is the worst! Maybe this is why I prefer cabining as an adult...

Whatever your outdoor style may be, hiking, camping, cabining, or glamping, we have books to get you in the mood.

Not ready to go outside quite yet? Curl up with a movie!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Celebrating Dairy Life

by Marina

Jersey calf picture from flickr
I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people that’s swayed by a pretty face. Especially when there are big brown eyes involved. Every year I take a trip to the Evergreen State Fair, step foot in the dairy barn and "ooohhh" and "awwwww" over all the pretty babies (and their moms).

Not that I want you to think that I was randomly thinking of cows (although, sometimes . . . uh, well), there is a reason for my sharing. Besides the fact that it gives me the excuse to post a random cute calf photo. June is National Dairy Month! And I’ve put together a booklist of several books I’ve read (or intend to read) that pertain to life on a dairy farm or various guides for owning and running a small scale dairy herd (cows or goats) and what to do with what they produce--milk! I’ve also thrown in a few fiction titles that showcase life on a dairy farm (for better or for worse).

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Everyday Heroes

by Marina

Recently I listened to Frozen in Time: an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff. This book is the true story of three different planes and their crews that crashed on Greenland in November 1942. The book recaps the survival of a B-17 crew for 148 days and the teams of people sent by plane, dogsled and motor sled to rescue them. It is also the modern day rescue mission of the downed Grumman Duck flight team, lost and frozen in the ice and snow of Greenland since setting out on THEIR mission to rescue the B-17 crew in 1942. The men who survived living on the block of ice known as Greenland and their intrepid, relentless rescuers are definitely heroes in my book.

Speaking of heroes, tomorrow is the start of Sno-Isle’s Explore Summer reading program for kids and teens. The theme for children is “Every Hero Has a Story” and I've put together a booklist of items that tell the stories of the every day heroes and heroines around us, both human and animal, past and present.

Who are your heroes? Sing their praises or share their stories in the comments!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Why everyone's listening to books!

There is no denying the rising popularity of audiobooks. Seems like everyone’s listening. Sno-Isle libraries offer free digital downloads through Overdrive, Hoopla and 3M. Overdrive alone offers over 13,000 titles.

A gifted narrator brings the story to life. The right voice for the right book is essential. I particularly enjoy listening to books where the characters have an accent.

Angela's ashes [a memoir]Angela’s Ashes: a memoir is read by author Frank McCourt. McCourt  tells the story of his Irish childhood in a lilting Irish brogue.

The help

The Help written by Kathryn Stockett is the story of a young woman who writes a book from the view point of several black maids. Spoken by several narrators with varying southern dialects.

Doc [a novel]

Doc by Mary Doria Russell is a fictionalized account of Doc Holliday's life. 
Read by Mark Bramhall –you can practically smell the whiskey in his voice. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is written in letters between London and the people of Guernsey Island in 1946.  The five narrators capture the essence of the residents of Guernsey Island.