What I Checked Out in November

  The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley has some amazing and authentic recipes that I used to make our Thanksgiving dinner this year. I highly recommend looking into tribes that are indigenous to your area and learning about their cuisine. It was a much healthier alternative to a traditional Thanksgiving meal. … Continue reading What I Checked Out in November

What I Checked Out in October

I'm finishing my graduate coursework in December, so October has been a busy month. I checked out a few things that I have not been able to start yet, so I will save those for next month. After You by Jojo Moyes is the sequel to Me Before You. It's a very honest portrayal of … Continue reading What I Checked Out in October

What I Checked Out in September

I checked out Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado on audiobook, which is narrated by Amy Landon. I really enjoyed the first few stories, but some of the later stories were disorienting. I checked out the book to see if that was easier to read, and it was, but the book is … Continue reading What I Checked Out in September

Ready Player One vs Ready Player One

This does not contain spoilers. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was well-received by the literary community, earning 4.29 stars on Goodreads and appearing on the New York Bestseller lists for hardcover, paperback, and audio (beautifully narrated by Wil Wheaton). Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg received above average reviews (7.6 on IMDB) and … Continue reading Ready Player One vs Ready Player One

What I Checked Out in August

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica  I checked this out because it's a psychological thriller and it takes place partly in Minnesota. I liked the non-sequential writing style and the unexpected twist at the end. The audiobook is narrated by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and Andi Arndt. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier I checked out the … Continue reading What I Checked Out in August

Mystery Fiction Program

One of my favorite classes in graduate school was Reader's Advisory and Genre Fiction. I took it during the winter semester, so all of the coursework was crammed into five weeks. I read 4-6 books every week, and I absolutely loved it. We explored all the major genres and each genre's subgenres. I had so much … Continue reading Mystery Fiction Program

What I Checked Out in July

The Handmaid's Tale audiobook by Margaret Atwood is narrated by Claire Danes. I requested it after noticing that a patron at my library had requested it. Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator and the book is beautifully written. The Woman in the Window audiobook by A.J. Finn is narrated by Ann Marie Lee. The narration is … Continue reading What I Checked Out in July

Dear Panos Mourdoukoutas

After reading your article that was published on the Forbes website yesterday about why Amazon should replace public libraries, I have a recommendation for you. Visit your public library. If you did, you would see how much we still offer. While you're there, start a conversation with the circulation staff. Take into account though that … Continue reading Dear Panos Mourdoukoutas

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

"All children are really orphans. At heart, a child has nothing to do with its parents, its background, its last name, its gender, its family trade. It is a brand-new person, and it is born with the only legacy that all individuals inherit when they open their eyes in this world: the inalienable right to … Continue reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel