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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Magic and Mayhem Print Email

Book cover for Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Readers who love magic and mystery as well as those who enjoy period dramas can come together over the series debut Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. Set in an alternate universe where magic is a valuable - and ever scarcer - commodity, the book offers humor, suspense and plenty of diversity. Main character Zacharias Wythe has been named Sorcerer Royal, but the appointment of a freed slave does not sit well with the rest of the Society of Unnatural Philosophers. Add to that Zacharias's determination to champion the cause of female sorcerers, and his entanglement with Prunella Gentleman, a gifted magician of uncertain parentage, and Zacharias finds himself in deep water. Cho masterfully captures the essence of Regency England while keeping the action moving at a brisk clip. If you enjoyed this summer's A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Sorcerer to the Crown is definitely one you won't want to miss!

2015 Booker Prize Winner Print Email
Cover art of A Brief History of Seven Killings, with photo of author Marlon JamesMarlon James has become the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker prize, for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. This prestigious award is given to the novel judged to be "the finest in fiction" and only recently became open to anyone writing in English, not just UK residents. James had stiff competition for this year's prize, beating out notaries like Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson as well as buzzy authors Hanya Yanagihara and Chigozie Obioma. Seven Killings focuses on an assassination attempt on the life of reggae singer Bob Marley. This atmospheric and gritty novel goes on to explore greed, corruption and violence in 1970s Jamaica. Sound intriguing? Place your hold on the print book or get the audiobook right away -- no waiting! -- from hoopla!
A Year of Staff Picks - Sumas Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. It's October and our treat this month is a trip to Sumas Library!

Image of Sumas Library, including building outside, staff members, and teen area

The staff at Sumas Library wear many hats, and you may have seen them in other WCLS Libraries, including manager Eileen Shaw whose second home is the Everson Library. It's all part of the fun at this lively library, which is a gathering place for patrons of all ages. An energetic book club, popular storytimes  and participation in local history events are just some of the happenings that make Sumas Library the place to go for residents of this border community. Recently, library patrons put their mark on the shelves by painting colorful custom bookends to be used throughout the collection. It's just one more way that Sumas residents show they love their library! Check out what library staff are reading for a virtual browse through the Sumas Library shelves.

Love of the Game Print Email

Cover image for The Last Season by Stuart Stevens

Football ushers in the fall for millions of American fans. Here in the Northwest, Seahawks fever runs high but college football is just as much a part of the weekend ritual for many households. Writer Stuart Stevens examines the role of college ball in his own life in the new book The Last Season: A Father, a Son and a Lifetime of College Football. On the eve of his sixtieth birthday, Stevens realized that he was missing the connection he and his father used to have. His solution? Return home to Mississippi to refresh his relationship with his dad by attending a season of Ole Miss football games. Shifting between past and present, Stevens shares what he learned from his dad then and how those values carried forward into his own life and relationships. Fan or not, you'll enjoy exploring the world of football with The Last Season and other picks from our curated list examining the love of this very American game.

History Brought to Life Print Email

Cover image for The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

Historical fiction readers will be excited to hear that local author Sara Donati's new book, The Gilded Hour, has just been released. Donati, the pen name for former academic and professor Rosina Lippi, is the author of the highly regarded Wilderness series, which opens with Into the Wilderness. These books, set in the early 1800s, blend adventure, romance, intrigue and epic storytelling, all poised against the backdrop of the New York wilderness and other far-flung locales. The Gilded Hour launches a new series for Donati. This novel follows the same families introduced in the Wilderness series but jumps forward - the Civil War has ended, the Brooklyn Bridge is almost complete, and cousins Anna and Sophie are doctors working amidst the poor and vulnerable. The Gilded Hour promises to be another compelling saga rich in detail and fascinating people.

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