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Episode 105: British Fiction

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This week we look at another incredibly broad genre: British fiction!

Our guest host is Susan Schleper, from Centra Care Health hospital library in St. Cloud. (You can find Susan on another podcast episode, including a great discussion of Open Access and the institutional repository she is building!)

We ended up talking about a bunch of different kinds of books – from Jane Austen to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! We touch on steampunk, Lord of the Rings, and the Bertie and Jeeves books. Did we look at Sherlock Holmes? Sure! Also Mycroft Holmes, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the Mary Russell series written by Laurie R. King, all about the life of Holmes and Mary – his wife – after his retirement.  (Note: Mary Russell is an awesome character, and the books are told from her perspective – definitely check the out!)

Do we have British-themed beverages? Heck yes, we do! Recipes and pictures are available on our full information page. We also have a bunch of links to other information about resources you might want to use to explore and recommend other British material. We even have links to edX’s book groups talking about some great British books!

 

 

Episode 104: Thriller

Palace Thriller

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Introduction

Welcome, everyone, to Books and Beverages! This week we are discussing Thrillers!

We are the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange, and we support all types of libraries. This is our book group podcast, where we discuss different genres of books each week, while we all sit in our comfy chairs and drink our beverages. And you are, of course, an important part of this book group. So if you do not already have a nice beverage please go get one, so you can join the experience.

There are no “right” or “wrong” books to read and chat about for our book group – we are just here to explore all kinds of books. We love books, and want to talk about them – and we want you to share what you are reading. All of us will take away at least a title or two that we want to read at the end of our time together!

Who is joining our reading group this week? This week our guest host is Kelly Groth from St Cloud Public Library.

Genre Suggestions

This is another very broad category of potential reading material – so you have a ton of books to consider here. Yes, your reading lists can be filled for years just trying to sample it all! Here are a few different kinds of books that could be considered thrillers:

  • Mystery
  • Legal thriller
  • Medical thriller
  • Political thriller
  • Spy fiction
  • Psychological thriller
  • Techno-thriller

This is a genre that gets made into all kinds of popular movies or TV shows; so if you like pop culture material, and cross-format content – this is a good place to start! And this genre really overlaps well with many other genres, including horror (check back to our episode 103 from last week).

There are a lot of authors who are very popular in the thriller genre. If you want to explore, you can start with some of these bestselling authors, and see if you like their different series!

Some Reading Resources

 

Episode 103: Horror

 

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This week we are sitting in a pretty dimly lit room room, with monsters covering our walls, orange lights, and jack lanterns all over the place. We are ready to enjoy some good thrills and chills – so we are glad you are here with us. If you feel someone grab your hand, that’s probably just us being scared. Probably.

Check out our full information page here, with links to all our books, podcasts, and creepypasta discussed – along with pictures and recipes for this episode’s beverages!

You can find all kinds of horror stories out there. Some of them are on the front pages of newspapers, but we want to talk about the fictional kind of horror this week. True crime has been a popular genre (Helter Skelter is a good one; Stranger Beside Me started Ann Rule’s career) – scary, but too scary to discuss today

These books are the ones that you might not be able to stop reading at bedtime – but you spend the rest of the night hearing every weird knock and rattle. Was that an eerie footstep? Tell yourself it probably wasn’t, and let’s talk about scary books!

One thing I find about horror books, as I review my favorites, is that they are really dependent on the situation I’m in while I’m reading them. Some books seemed extra scary because I was in the right place, or situation, or frame of mind. So not everything we discuss here is strictly “horror” books – but as with all of our genres and chats, it’s what you think it is. So if a book was scary to you, or has the potential to be scary: that’s horror.

There can be horror elements to all kinds of books, including mystery, literary fiction, and Western.

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Episode 102: Science Fiction

Science fiction

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Bonus announcement: If you are in the St. Cloud or Collegeville, MN area on November 7 at 7pm – you could meet award-winning author John Scalzi! He be at the Pellegrene Auditorium to talk about what science fiction can teach us about the role of technology in human experience. A book signing will follow the talk. (Mary will definitely be attending, as she adores Scalzi’s books; you can contact us if you want to meet up!)

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Welcome, everyone, to Books and Beverages! This is our book group podcast, where we discuss different genres of books each week, while we sit in our comfy chairs and drink our beverages. And you are, of course, an important part of this book group. So if you do not already have a nice beverage please go get one, so you can join the experience of our book group.

Who is joining us this week? Our regular hosts Angie and Mary are here. This week our guest host is Kathy Parker, director of libraries at St. John’s and St. Ben’s.

Read-A-Thon Report!

Librería de lance en México DFHave you ever wanted to read books all day and all night? Me too!! Saturday, Oct 21 I took part in the annual Dewey’s Read-A-Thon – the chance to read books for 24 straight hours! It was fun, there were snacks, I read lots of books, chatted with people on Twitter, and got to really enjoy wallowing in having tons of books around me to read!

 

This was my first #readathon experience, so I was a little nervous. I had a ton of books in paper format from the library, downloaded a few audio and eBooks from Overdrive, and even had two books sent to me through the ILL system to be sure I was really, really prepared. I was ready to read, no matter what genre or format I would decide I needed to read!

I had also read that snacks were an integral part of the reading experience, so was stocked up with a variety of things. (At one point I took an audio book out to the kitchen as I made my “famous” blueberry/dark chocolate chip pancakes for brunch. It seemed like a great time to splurge on fun foods!)

Everyone asked me what I would do when I needed to get up off the couch to do other things – and of course the answer was easy: Audio books can go anywhere with you! I had to go hiking on Saturday, and John Sandford’s newest book about Virgil Flowers went with me. (It seemed right, as Virgil also spends a lot of time trudging around Minnesota, and enjoying outdoor adventures.)

The event is flexible around your own schedule – so you can start and stop as you see fit. The idea for me was to know that I had a day I could really devote to reading, which was so fun. Everyone around the world read during the same 24 hour period, so you needed to know when it started in your own time zone. Our start time in Minnesota was 7am, and I was up and listening to an audio book right away. I shifted over to a paper book, after I got myself assembled on the couch with my breakfast and my tea. I read all day, and wrapped it up about 12:30am when I finished another book.

One of the first things I realized was that I was way overstocked on books! Of course, it seems obvious that even a full 24 hours will only allow so many books to be read – but I had (unrealistic) visions of flying through tons of reading. This was not actually a problem, and my book binging continued on Sunday as I wrapped up some more hours of reading!

What was my output?

Sunday I kept moving with the reading binging:

It was – clearly – lots of fun!!

And I really enjoyed following along on social media to see what other readathon people were reading (and eating!), as well as getting pictures of their pets! You can follow the #readathon hashtag to see comments and pictures for yourself.

Do you need reading suggestions? Wish you had a few more books in your life? Or would you just like to be part of a no-stress book group? Be sure to join us in our Books And Beverages Podcast! New episodes drop each Tuesday! And you will want to tune in for our guest hosts, who come from public, academic, special, and school libraries. We even have a few non-library people! Join us by either downloading the episodes or streaming the on your computer or tablet.

Last week we looked at the genre of Romance, this week we explore Science Fiction, next week – for Halloween!  – we look at some Horror material. You won’t want to miss an episode!!