Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Love is Funny Print Email

Cover image for Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Boxes of chocolates, red roses, plush bears - when these crop up in the stores, you know Valentine's Day can't be far behind. You might find yourself suddenly craving a little romance of your own. Luckily we've got just the thing with our list of fun, light romantic reads. Visit wine country with Laura Dave'sCover image for The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald Eight Hundred Grapes, the story of a woman whose wedding screeches to an unexpected halt, and who then is left to reexamine her whole life. Travel also comes into play with The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. This novel of books, small towns and unexpected love will keep you smiling throughout. And Liz Tuccillo's How To Be Single features one character's quest to stay unpaired in a world where everyone's looking for their match (read this one before the movie comes out!). Pick up one of these heartfelt and hilarious reads for Valentine's weekend or any time!

Letter of the Law Print Email

The legal system is having its moment in the spotlight lately, thanks to popular Cover image for The Ex by Alafair Burkeshows like Making a Murderer and the podcast Serial. If you enjoy the courtroom drama that weaves its way through these series, our list of hot legal thrillers is just the thing. In The Ex by Alafair Burke, defense lawyer Olivia Randall takes on a former lover's case, and is forced to question all Cover image for The Verdict by Nick Stoneshe thought she knew about this man and their past relationship. With The Enemy Inside, Northwest author Steve Martini brings back series favorite Paul Madriani. This time, Paul's tackling a case of corruption that leads directly up to some political heavy-hitters - and toward a killer in their midst.  And in British author Nick Stone's The Verdict, Terry Flynt's childhood best friend is accused of murder. The case could make Terry's career, but will success come at too high a price? These page-turning suspense novels let you live the legal life without having to pass the bar!

When a Doctor Became a Patient Print Email

Cover image for When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The reversal of roles is perhaps never so great as when doctors become patients - when those who have trained for years to provide care to the sick and dying suddenly find themselves at the other end of the stethoscope. In a frank new memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, readers learn the story of neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, whose diagnosis of stage-4 lung cancer transformed him from carer to cared-for. On the page, Kalanithi grapples with terminal illness and his own mortality, and all that means for himself, his work, and his family. Sadly Kalanithi passed away in March 2015, as he was working on the book - but the powerful lessons of his journey to dying live on for all who read his words. 

Check out When Breath Becomes Air and other medical memoirs for a perspective from both sides of the curtain.

Reads for Downton Abbey Fans Print Email

Already mourning the last season of Downton Abbey? You're not alone - the drama of life in a British aristocrat's household has captured the attention of viewers around the globe. Cover image for The House at Riverton by Kate MortonTo feed your need for more stories like the Crawleys', we've curated a list of Downton Abbey read-alikes that just may catch your fancy.

If your favorite characters are the folks who keep the house running, check out Below Stairs by Margaret Powell. This kitchen maid's memoir Cover image for The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonsongives the perspective  of those in service, and also inspired the classic Upstairs, Downstairs. Love all the juicy secrets that are gradually revealed? Dip into The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, where long-held mysteries from the past come back in present day, with consequences for everyone. For a title peopled with the same sort of quirky characters as Downton, don't miss Helen Simonson's novel The Summer Before the War. This story of daily life, and love, takes place in the months before the Great War and has lots of intriguing subplots too (publication date March 2016). Check out these and other titles to experience more stories from the age of Downton.

PNBA Award Winners 2016 Print Email

Logo for Pacific Northwest Booksellers AssociationThe first bookish awards of the new year have already been announced! The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards are always cause for celebration. Not only are these books chosen by expert readers (booksellers who really know their stuff!), they are also all written by Northwest authors. Past winners have included Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison, Cheryl Strayed, Timothy Egan and Ivan Doig, just to name a few. I'll bet this years' list contains a few familiar names as well as some you might have overlooked in the past 12 months. From informative to funny, mysterious to haunting, this crop of not-to-be-missed titles offers a little something for every reader. Check out the winners in our catalog today!


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