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5 Recommended Authors and Their Books

5 Recommended Authors and Their Books (Randyjw; February 20, 2017)

Here are some of my recommendations from (mostly) popular authors and several of their books. I’ve listed them in my preferred reading order, not by when they were written. 106 more words


Curl Up With a Book on Valentine's Day

By Danielle Lieneman

Happy Valentine’s Day! In my opinion, there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than jumping back into some of the greatest literary relationships of the ages. 452 more words


My Book Club Basics, 1 of 3

To answer the most frequently asked question first—Yes, we discuss the books in our monthly meetings! We do not just drink wine.

I am honored to have been part of our book club since its inception in 2003! 435 more words

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How to Run a Reluctant Book Club

“We’re looking for a book club book, but nothing depressing.”

It’s one of my least favorite reader’s advisory requests, but it’s pretty common.  It turns out that most books worth talking about cover some pretty heavy topics.   682 more words


Oddly-Specific Genres: Rugged Romance

“Of course, women don’t like Westerns.”

This statement from a stranger probably triggered one of my more embarrassing social interactions in college.

I don’t know about wherever you went to school, but at my undergraduate college, it wasn’t unusual to find yourself at a cafeteria table of mostly strangers. 1,262 more words

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Jennifer Barnes's The Naturals

So . . . perhaps you read our Exploring the Fjord Side post and thought, “That Scandinavian crime fiction sure sounds bleak. I don’t know that I want to read something that snowy and brooding.” 534 more words

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Oddly-Specific Genres: Exploring the Fjord Side

Happy New Year and welcome to the first installment of our new monthly series, Oddly-Specific Genres!

Last year, we hosted the 2016 Library Challenge, which was pretty intense. 1,467 more words

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