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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New Online Book Club Reads "Wolf Hall" Print Email

Jacket image of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

The Wall Street Journal is launching a new online book club this month with the discussions to be led by prominent writers.  Drawing on the fact that most writers pick apart and sometimes emulate other works they admire, guest hosts will select a book that has influenced them and guide participants through an analysis of the work.  Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love and the recent The Signature of All Things) will lead the first discussion of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, which has inspired her writing of historical fiction.  Sign up for the book club, pose questions and discuss on Twitter, and then participate in an online discussion with Ms. Gilbert in late February.  Future hosts include fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman and thriller writer Gillian Flynn!

Wild Events this Month Print Email

Whatcom READS! logo - words with a sun radiating behind them (looks like pages of a book)Author Cheryl Strayed's visit is still weeks away, but Whatcom READS! events exploring the themes of her book, Wild, are ramping up - starting this weekend when local mystery author Pam Beason talks at the Blaine Library about using wilderness as a compelling setting.  In "Preserving Life Stories: Wild as Memoir", Sara Geballe from Memoir Crafters will guide participants through several short writing prompts to explore their own memories (Ferndale and Fairhaven libraries).  Hear local adventurer Heather Anderson recount her epic record-setting PCT hike later this month at the Deming or Bellingham Central library ... and more!  So much local talent and knowledge to be shared - please mark your calendar and join the discussion!

Top Book Club Picks in December Print Email

Jacket covers of four books from this list

The following were the most popular book club books during December based on votes from more than 100,000 book club readers from more than 39,000 book clubs registered at

1. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
3. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by M.L. Stedman
4. And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini 
5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 
6. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 
7. The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 
8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
9. Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple 
10. Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes 

Rising Stars:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 
The Good House by Ann Leary 

[Many thanks to and ShelfAwareness!]

PNBA Awards Announced Soon! Print Email

Logo of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Nine Northwest booksellers have been busy readers over the past ten months, volunteering a lot of their reading time to evaluate over 200 titles, looking for the best-of-the-best in Northwest literature.  The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award recognizes all types of literature, the only requirement being that the book was published during the previous calendar year and that the author and/or illustrator resides in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia).  The 2014 shortlist is heavy on Portland writers; representing Washington State are: Kendare Blake (Lynwood), Langdon Cook (Seattle), Valerie Trueblood (Methow Valley), Jess Walter (Spokane), and David Moskowitz (North Bend).  Winners to be announced sometime this month.  If you're looking for a good read, this list won't disappoint (or check out 2013 winners and shortlist which includes winner Cheryl Strayed's Wild, the 2014 Whatcom READS! selection).

Welcome January 2014! Print Email

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Happy New Year, Whatcom Readers!  Welcome the new year with a great read from January's Library Reads list ... a list of choice reads nominated by librarians across the U.S. as being their favorites.  Memoir, mystery, and magic are just some of the themes served up for January.  I'm intrigued by the Neetsa Pizza publisher description (yes, I also love the rhyme): "In the spirit of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a hilarious dystopian novel about a world ruled by fast food companies, where book clubs lead the revolution."  What is not to love about book clubs leading a revolution?

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