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Month: April 2017

What’s your favorite independent bookstore?

The last Saturday in April, Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is celebrated nationwide, often with fun events and readings planned. Why do indie bookstores deserve their own day of recognition? Because as states, “Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.” In the Tri-Cities, Washington where I […]

Book Review | 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 […]

Book Review | The Clancy’s of Queens, by Tara Clancy

Clancy is such a character. She’s a born storyteller, bravely narrating her own life in the boldest Queens accent you could imagine. She once told NPR:  “Unfortunately, people hear [my accent] and they don’t think, ‘Now there’s a person who popularized quantum electrodynamics,’” she says. “They hear it and they make judgments.” I immediately fell […]

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 40

Whenever spring hits, I start getting a little antsy. Of course, I hit the spring cleaning hard (don’t ask me about the bags of books sitting in the corner of my bedroom), but I also start wanting to shake other things up in my life. Whether it’s signing up for a ridiculous plan of running […]

Kids Read With IBC | Wild About Books, by Judy Sierra

If so, Wild About Books by Judy Sierra with pictures by Marc Brown is the book for you! This was another gift for Jumping Bean from a family I babysat for in California, who lovingly gifted us some of their favorite books. My little man loves to read and this book is a winner in […]

Book Review | The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

This book describes the struggles that Latin American immigrants face. The main families in The Book of Unknown Americans were documented immigrants, but they faced racism and assumptions that because they were Hispanic they were here illegally. Only one of the main families was from Mexico; other families were from Panama, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, […]

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

This is a little bit out of left field, but I really enjoyed this book. I bought it solely because I love Guillermo del Toro as a director, and I wasn’t disappointed. And yes, this is a vampire horror book- not my usual choice! This book starts with a plane “going dark” when it lands- […]

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 39

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 […]

Kids Read With IBC | Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems

Maybe yours was a stuffy or a blanket. Mine, it was a pink and white blanket that my Grandma made for me. It’s ratty and full of holes now. It lays in my cat’s bed and has all his toys on top of it. Mo Willems wrote this adorable story about Trixie, who lives in […]