Each month read a book from these nominated themes. Then head on over to our submissions page and send us your name, book title and, if desired, a short summary/review. For extra points read more titles, offer suggestions, comment on other submissions and and write reviews.
Themed title: 1 pt
Additional title: 1 pt
Additional themed title: 2 pts
Review/Summary: 3 pts
Title Suggestions: 1 pt
Comments: 1 pt
Remember: think outside the box. Romance does not just mean Harlequin!
So March is Mystery month.
- Monday, May 7: History talk by Boyd C. Pratt: But What about the Pig?: 7 p.m., San Juan Island Library.
- Wednesday, May 9: Russell Barsh: The Salish Sea and North America in 1418: 7:30 p.m., San Juan Island Library.
- Friday, May 11: Coast Salish song and dance: 5:30 p.m., San Juan Island Library.
- Saturday, May 12: San Juan Historical Museum open house and bring-your-own picnic: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., San Juan Historical Museum.
- Wednesday, May 23: Workshop: Genealogy and local history research soulmates: 7 p.m., San Juan Island Library.
Why not try something a little off the beaten track? The History of the Old English Dictionary with the Professor and the Madman (one of my all time favorites!), or a fictional history like Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders?
Or try a culinary history such as Consider the Fork: a History of How we Cook and Eat.
June: Young Adult
This month’s theme is Young Adult titles. These can be non-fiction, parenting of teens, fiction, biography. Books aimed for teens, written by teens, about teens.
It may be an angst ridden month!
But to begin, why not try one of the new non-fiction teen titles such as A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riots of 1919 , or Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The influenza Pandemic of 1918?
And if you haven’t already, how about seeing (reading) what all the craze was about with the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, or the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth?
Or try reading about some amazing teens who are changing their worlds like I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai or Simone Biles biography The Courage to Soar?
YA books are not just for teens- you will be surprised by the breadth and depth of topics to be discovered!
July: Short Stories
It is a busy time for everyone, and as the weather gets warmer, what better way to enjoy the sunny days, than in a hammock with a good book?
July is short story month- those quick, bite-sized bundles of joy.
When thinking of short stories we very often think of children’s books. But you may be surprised by how many popular authors have published collections of short stories. Some of my personal favorites range from the powerful and ground-breaking: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Other Stories, Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object and Raymond Carver’s What we talk about when we talk about love; to intriguing: Elizabeth George in I, Richard and Andy Weir’s The Adventure of the Sealed Room (available free, online); to creepily unforgettable: Stephen King’s Quitters Inc. in Night Shift, and The Body in Different Seasons (adapted as the classic bildungsroman movie Stand By Me). And who can forget one of the earliest and most controversial short stories, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
So take a chance and grab a collection- a perfect way to pass the time this summer!
Also Agatha Christie : a mysterious life by Laura Thompson which gives a fascinating insight into a prolific writer and quite private woman.
September: Banned book
(for more info look at the ALA site)
November: Non Fiction
December: Graphic Novels