#BookBingoNW2018: A book that takes place in the area where you were born

Yukon-born Pierre Berton’s advice to aspiring authors that they get themselves “born in an interesting environment,” was facetious, but based on some sound evidence. Consider authors such as William Faulkner, Louise Erdrich, Jim Lynch – you can safely assume their story will be set in Mississippi, Minnesota, and Washington state, respectively.  I would argue that these places are no more interesting than other places; but if you were born there, your opinion may differ. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: A book that takes place in the area where you were born”

#BookBingoNW2018: First in a Series

2018 Summer Book Bingo is upon us, so let the booklists begin! This list will focus on that pesky category First In A Series. There are many, many beloved series out there, many of them in genre fiction. Hopefully there will be a little something for every reader here.

The Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn are a delightfully savage take on modern British aristocracy. Never Mind starts the series and is included in the omnibus edition of all 5 novels (Showtime is releasing a miniseries based on the novels starring Benedict Cumberbatch). For a lighter, shopaholic take on modern aristocracies, try Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (also soon to be in film), a voyeuristic look into the lives of China’s uber rich from the perspective of Rachel Chu, the American Born Chinese protagonist and girlfriend to the heir of one of China’s richest families, the Youngs. If snarking about the fabulously rich isn’t your jam, Rachael Cusk stretches the novel to new shapes with Outline, Transit, and Kudos (forthcoming). The novels merge oral history with fiction as a recently divorced woman encounters and listens to the stories of strangers and friends while her apartment is being renovated. Finally, if you haven’t read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, starting with My Brilliant Friend, maybe this is the summer to check that off your list. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: First in a Series”

#BookBingoNW2018: About Travel or Read While Traveling

Whether you’re an intrepid or an armchair traveler, visiting an unfamiliar place is an enriching experience. From Albania to Zimbabwe, there are no shortage of travel books to transport you to other locations. But how we travel is just as important as where we go, and here some books to make you a smarter traveler — an earn a square on Book Bingo!

How do you determine what’s essential to take with you? Forgetting essential items can be a drag, and overpacking and lugging overstuffed suitcases is equally frustrating. Those seeking advice should check out How to Pack by Hitha Palepu, who has traveled half a million miles and knows of what she speaks. Lonely Planet has their own guide, How to Pack for Any Tripwhich includes illustrations the whole family can enjoy.

It’s no secret that traveling can be expensive. In How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler from National Geographic, Christopher Elliott covers all aspects of travel, including how to obtain discounts, decide on travel insurance, book a car overseas, and more. If you’re cost conscious, look no further than How to Travel the World on $50 a Day to find alternatives to expensive hotels, get into attractions for free, and other ways to make sure your trip is fun and frugal. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: About Travel or Read While Traveling”

The Return of Summer Book Bingo!

Image of Book Bingo cardIt’s that magical time of year for readers in Seattle – it’s Summer Book Bingo! We’re now into our fourth year partnering with our pals at Seattle Arts & Lectures on this adult summer reading program that challenges you to read in certain categories. (Pick up a card at any of our locations or download one from our website.) Continue reading “The Return of Summer Book Bingo!”