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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A Year of Staff Picks - Island Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. February brings us the Island Library, a small but vibrant place to find great books, music, movies and more!


Photos of Island Library Staff and Building


Located on beautiful Lummi Island, this branch is a destination all on its own. Island Library is a true community hub, and it's the first sight that greets visitors as they come off the ferry. The building was remodeled in 2013 and the new space is cozy and inviting, just right for locals and tourists alike to find a spot to curl up with a book or to enter into the fun with one of the library's frequent programs. Branch Manager Karly and her energetic staff extend the welcome, recommending items from all across the WCLS collection. Check out the thoughtful reviews that Island staff have to share with you - these folks know their stuff!

What Whatcom Was Reading, 2014 Print Email

I'll admit it - I'm one of those people who loves to know what others are reading. I've been known to sneak a peek at friends' bookshelves or to try to decipher a cover from across a crowded airport (much easier to do both before the spread of ebooks!). If you suffer from the same affliction, we're making it a little easier for you, by sharing the top 10 books most checked out by Whatcom readers in 2014. No, we can't tell you who read what, but based on the popularity of these titles, I'll bet you know someone who did crack a few of these covers last year. Check out the full list in our catalog - just click to place holds and see if your favorite read made the cut! (image credit: Wikipedia)

Fiction's Grumpy Old Men Print Email

Book cover for A Man Called Ove, featuring a man & small cat with their backs to the viewer

One thing I love about fiction is the way it can sneak up on you, teaching you greater truths when you least expect it. That was my experience reading Fredrik Backman's debut novel A Man Called Ove. This is an absolutely marvelous character study, the gradual revelation of a man. Ove seems crusty and grumpy on the outside -- okay, on the inside too -- but the way Backman slowly reveals his story, we get to know him as so much more. There were many laugh-out-loud moments for me, particularly as Ove encounters more and more of the world around him, despite his best efforts. Ultimately a tender and hilarious story with lots to say about relationships, connections and the way life really goes. For more character-driven books, check out our list of fiction's grumpy old men - and don't miss A Man Called Ove!

Read the Oscars - 2015 Nominees Print Email

Logo for the Oscars, gold lettering on white background with Oscar statuette

It's a banner year for books at the Oscars! Several nominees for the Academy's top awards this year, as announced earlier this week, are films based on books. The subjects cover the gamut -- nonfiction lovers might check out Foxcatcher, a true-crime tale of competition, money and murder. Another nonfiction favorite is Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking, her story of life with physicist Stephen Hawking (the film version is The Theory of Everything). Fiction readers may enjoy Still Alice, a novel that explores one woman's experience with early-onset Alzheimer's. And a great choice for the young (or young at heart) is Here Be Monsters!, a tale of "skulduggery" and magic that was the basis for the acclaimed film The BoxtrollsRead your way through the Oscar-nominee list, then catch the films to see how they stack up. (photo credit:
PNBA Book Awards 2015 Print Email

Logo of Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association - tribal artwork Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards, announced last week. Representatives of independent bookstores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia chose the winning titles from more than 250 entries. To qualify, books must be written or illustrated by an author residing in the Pacific Northwest, and be published within the past calendar year. This year's crop of winners once again demonstrates the diverse talents of authors in our region and includes some perennial Northwest favorites! Click through to see the list of 2015 winners and place your holds for these can't miss-reads.


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