Monthly Archives: November 2017

Episode 107: LGBTQ material



Thanks to our Guest Host: Lydia!

Introduction

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

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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. 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 Lydia from Great River Library System!

We have so many suggestions here! Check out our podcast webpage for all kinds of links to articles and other big lists of books you can read for yourself, or that you can use to suggest books to patrons or other people who are looking for material of all sorts in this genre.

This is a genre that can make people uncomfortable, and there are research studies out there showing that librarians do not always handle questions in this area as well as they could. In our whirlwind look at all types of LGBTQ books, we want to at least give you an overview, and to talk about the range of possibilities for books.

The website Common Sense Media has some structured suggestions for books parents or libraries might want to share with kids. “From books with main characters who are LGBTQ or still figuring out their gender or sexual orientations to stories of straight kids or teens with gay friends or parents, these books portray many aspects of the LGBTQ experience.” Their age breakdowns are:

  • Recommendations for All ages
  • Preschoolers (2-4)
  • Little Kids (5-7)
  • Big Kids (8-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Goodreads, our trusted friend in book recommendations has many lists of books of interest to all sorts of readers, with different LGBTQ themes. Here are just a few to give you some perspective on available books you might try!

  • Favorite Gay Couples
  • The Best of Gay Romance
  • Best Lesbian Fiction
  • Transgender Friendly Young Children’s Books
  • m/m books you must read
  • The Best Humorous Gay Romances
  • Queer Superheroes!
  • Favorite Bisexual Fiction
  • Best Gay Cops/ Security Guards/P.I.’s
  • LGBT Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Best Gay Romance With A Character(s) Who Has A Disability
  • Best Gay Mystery
  • Gay/Queer Poetry
  • Best Fantasy Books with Bisexual Main Characters
  • Best Gay Romance with Bookish/Nerdy/Geeky Characters
  • Best LGBT Humor
  • Non-Binary (Genderqueer, Genderfluid, Gender-Unspecified, etc) Fiction and Memoirs
  • Best Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Non-Fiction
  • Graphic Novels Featuring LGBTQ Themes
  • Gay Romance Featuring Chefs or Food

 


Episode 106: Occupational fiction



Welcome, everyone, to Books and Beverages! This week we are discussing Occupational Fiction! What is this genre? It is all about people and the jobs they have – with a story unfolding around it.

Get all the info, and our beverages, on our full information page!

 

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!

Our guest host this week is Maria Burnham, Technology Integration Coach from the Sauk Rapids/Rice High School. She is also a member of our CMLE Board, and was our very first podcast guest on Linking Our Libraries Episode Five: Digitization Projects.

 

This is a huge category! Books that look at different kinds of jobs people do are always fun to read; you can either dream about a fun job you don’t have, or be thankful you are not in the awful job from the book. Some of the most popular types of books in this genre are law books, medical books, or books about people in the publishing industry (not surprisingly). If you have read a John Grisham book, or enjoyed the medical anthropology of Temperance Brennen, or had a fictional romance with a baseball player, then you too have enjoyed some occupational fiction! To really be occupational fiction, the book needs to really focus on the job, and the main character who is doing that job.

What are a few jobs you might find in fiction? We link to a very long Wikipedia article with a comprehensive list; and here are a few:


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 that 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! @kellyhenk

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!