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Book Review | Arsenic With Austen, by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Have you ever read the premise of a book, gotten super excited, read it, and then been terribly disappointed? That was my exact experience with Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde. My dad actually pre-ordered this book for me because he knows I love cozy mysteries and Jane Austen, and it is set in Portland and the Oregon Coast. When he told me I was really excited! Anytime a cozy can throw in literary references I am in. The book started off slow, but I wasn’t too worried. Emily Cavanaugh is a widowed professor who teaches at Reed...

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Top 10 | Suspenseful Reads to Keep You On The Edge of Your Seat

If you’re looking for the perfect suspenseful book, these titles will definitely deliver! 1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie CLASSIC. So creepy! Eight guests are invited to an island under various guises, and are greeted by the island butler and cook, who state that their hosts have not yet arrived. After dinner, they listen to a recording which accuses each of the ten of terrible crimes. Who made the recording? Who brought them all here? And when the guests start showing up dead, one by one, can the killer be stopped? This is one of the...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 39

Why hello there, Greetings from Eastern Washington! I’ve done a lot of traveling the past few days, down to Eugene and Ashland, Oregon, and up to the Dalles and the Tri-Cities, Washington. Along the way I made sure to stop at as many independent bookstores as possible, and I have some lovely treasures to show from it! Independent bookstore day is coming up April 29th. Look for my upcoming posts highlighting The Book Exchange, Klindt Books, Smith Family Bookstore, Adventures Underground and more! I must admit, I STILL haven’t finished reading Middlesex…but I’m already loving The Hate U Give by...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 38

Hiya IBC! I don’t know about the rest of you, but here in Portland the weather has been gray. And rainy. And gray. Luckily my parents visited last weekend and were treated to one day of sun, which fittingly happened on Sunday! We made sure to visit one of Powell’s locations, and while I magically didn’t buy anything, my parents definitely went home with an armload of books! I’m not as far into Middlesex as I thought I would be, but I’m intrigued to read more. I really love Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides and was surprised that Middlesex was...

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Book Review | Books Can Be Deceiving, by Jenn McKinlay

I love cozy mysteries. Cozies tend to have not a lot of violence, an amateur sleuth as the protagonist, a theme (coffee, book binding, donuts, the Amish, ghosts, etc.), and often a punny title (like A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander). On a whim at Jan’s Used Books in Beaverton, I purchased Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay. I really enjoyed this book! The first in the Library Lover’s Mystery series, Books Can Be Deceiving takes place in Briar Creek, a town on the shore of Connecticut. I try to tell people that not all cozies...

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Kids Read With IBC | Where the Forest Meets the Sea, by Jeannie Baker

Growing up I had many favorite books, but the one book that really stands out in my memory is Where the Forest Meets the Sea, by Jeannie Baker. That book was the best! This book, which uses collages to illustrate, is about a boy and his father who go to a place they “can only reach by boat.” When they get there, his father tells him there has been a forest there for over a hundred million years. As the boy explores, he pretends it is a hundred million years ago. He walks about the forest and comes across...

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