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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Reading Resolutions Print Email

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Happy New Year, readers! Let's talk resolutions -- do you make them? I read recently that more than half of our New Year's resolutions fizzle out in the first six months, which sounds about right for my own track record. Experts suggest various techniques to follow through better on your intentions, but my idea is making a resolution that actually sounds fun to keep.

This year, why not try a reading resolution? Some ideas:

1. Read more widely - use lists like the New York Times Notables as a springboard for books you might have missed.

2. Join a reading group - check out groups that meet at your library!

3. Read to your kids - it's fun and offers a way to connect over books you'll both enjoy.

4. Set a reading goal - try one book a week, or one new author a month. Get through all those classics you never read in school!

5. Connect with other readers - use our catalog to rate the titles you loved (or hated), share your comments and follow other readers with similar tastes.

No matter what you're reading, or why, your libraries are here for you, with access to thousands of books in print, on screen or through your earbuds. And that's a resolution we promise to keep.

New Titles Anytime! Print Email

Some lucky folks are going to wind up with a shiny new device coming their way this holiday season. If that's you, you're probably excited to fill it up with all your favorite things. And you can do that for free, thanks to your library!

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Check out hot new ebooks and downloadable audiobooks for all ages through Washington Anytime Library. You'll find popular new titles, classic backlist, and some hidden gems you might not see anywhere else.

Logo for Zinio, digital magazine serviceZinio gives you the latest issues of magazines like Marie Claire, ESPN, Rolling StoneNational Geographic and dozens more. (Believe me, there's something for every taste.) Browse back issues too, for anything you might have missed. 

Logo for Freegal, digital music serviceAnd don't forget the music! With Freegal, you can download and KEEP five songs every week. Look for trending artists like Pentatonix or Carrie Underwood, or legends like Barbra Streisand or Michael Jackson. That'll get your playlists off to a good start in no time!


We offer lots of ways to get the content you crave -- and the only thing you'll need to pull out of your wallet is your library card.

P.I. Turned TV Star Print Email

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Great news, mystery fans! The BBC announced last week that small-screen adaptations of Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike novels The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm are underway. Galbraith is, of course, the pen name for J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame. Rowling will play a key role in the production, though the extent of her involvement is unknown, as is the projected air date of the series. The author described the deal on Twitter by saying, "My friend 's first novel is going to be a TV drama on . He's very excited, but expressing it with characteristic silence." To hold you over in the meantime, check out our list of Cormoran Strike read-alikes that will keep you turning pages!

Love for the Holidays Print Email

Long, dark days and crazy schedules mean we all need a little comfort and joy this time of year. For many, romance is the literary equivalent of a warm blanket - something to cozy up with when you need a little time out. If that's you, then you're in luck with this list of holiday romances, brand-new at your library.

Collage with covers from Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes and The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods

Northwest author Debbie Macomber continues her tradition of light romances with Mr. Miracle, a story of holiday love with just a dash of divine intervention. Visit the Scottish Highlands with Grace Burrowes' What a Lady Needs for Christmas, a blend of history that's got plenty of passion to keep you turning pages. And nothing says romance like a Christmas wedding, which is at the center of Sherryl Woods' novel of family and forgiveness, The Christmas Bouquet. Take some time for yourself this season and escape into a holiday romance!

Favorite of Favorites Print Email

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'Tis the season when all thoughts turn to best-of lists. Pretty much every media outlet around has published their take on the top reads of the past year (if you want to cut to the chase, the staff at EarlyWord has employed a super-secret Cover of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, showing read bookshop door with books displayed in windowformula to the best-ofs, using this to calculate what they believe is the best book of the year - Redeployment by Phil Klay). One list that I enjoy checking out every month is Library Reads. This year the Library Reads team has done their own best-of list, which they're calling Favorite of Favorites. This compilation of stellar reads of the past 12 months was voted on by librarians around the country. It's a fantastic list, topped by The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrya warm, funny, feel-good novel that's one of my personal faves. Check out the full list in our catalog - there's something here for everyone!

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