Tag: Anythink Libraries

A worn chapter book on the ground covered in fall leaves.

The first book I read by the great Ann Patchett was “Bel Canto,” and I remember the experience so vividly. I was newly married and had just moved to St. Louis. I didn’t know a single person there and was spending my days feeling nervous and alone while he was away at class.  After weeks of staying inside, I asked my husband to draw out a map to the nearest library; this was pre-GPS.

A photo of a woman sitting at a wood table and reading a large book with a orange cocktail and a iPhone in front of her. She is wearing a white t-shirt. The drink is in a tropical cocktail glass with a straw, swirled garnish and citrus fruit slice garnish.The photo shows her neck and torso.

There is something about long summer nights – taking their time to stretch across the sky – that makes me want to lie back, open a good book and enjoy a well-concocted drink.

We can all enjoy a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) during this time of the year.  

Like wine and cheese, cocktails and books go together in the best way! Whatever your reading taste, Anythink has you covered. Stop by the cookbook section at your Anythink library to check out a variety of books with cocktail recipes. 

Let’s be honest: this has been a scary year already. Between COVID, the election, school closures and an unprecedented upending of life, you would think that YA readers across the board would be looking for light books – a pleasurable escape, if you will.

Yet, those who love spooky books know: scary is our escape. We don’t want fluff; we want blood and ghosts, graveyards and undead cats. Give us witches and houses filled with secrets. You take the cake, we’ll take the poisoned apple.

Photo of a woman in bed surrounded by books

There is a great Stephen King quotes that reads, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.” It’s one of my favorite quotes to haul out when I’m talking to new writers because it contains so much truth: if you are wanting to write a book, then you need to be reading books. This statement is often met with enthusiastic head nods and more than a few sighs. I get it – who has time to read when writing a book on the side? We barely have enough time in this insanely oversaturated world for our own thoughts, let alone the time to read and write.

Hallmark Christmas movies have arrived! Beginning Oct. 25 (which seems ludicrously early), you can watch all of the Hallmark Christmas movies that your candlelight-loving,-marshmallow heart can take. However, did you know you can check out or order most of the books that inspired the movies before they air?  These great titles (most avaliable at your Anythink library) inspired the movies that will warm your heart for the next two months.

It starts with the whisper of an idea; a concept, an inspiration, a fresh take on something that has already been done. Perhaps it’s something you’ve seen, or a song that you heard. Perhaps you’ve read something and thought “I can do better.” Perhaps you’ve read something and thought, “What great heights to aspire to.” Wherever the idea comes from, you know it’s a good one – and just like that, the whisper has a name: you want to write a book.  

This is the first post in Elevated Reading, reviews that will focus on both fiction and non-fiction books that take place in Colorado, and the history behind those subjects.