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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Best in Downloadable Print Email

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If the holidays made you a new owner of a tablet, eReader, MP3 player, or other device, check out the free downloadable content available from the library on the Download Books, Music and More page.  To help get you started, Overdrive (host of the Washington Anytime Library site) offers their "best downloadable of 2013" list of top U.S. and international titles, based on various statistics including downloads, sales, holds, samples, ratings and page views. Happy downloading!

Indulge Your Inner Child Print Email

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Nostalgia is a natural side effect of the holidays. Embrace it with Toy Time! by Christopher "The Toy Guy" Byrne, as he remembers the best toys from the 1950s through the 80s, including Magic 8-Balls, LEGO blocks, Crayola crayons, Silly Putty and Easy Bake Ovens, along with some forgotten toys like plastic "clackers."  With rich color photos and retro backdrops, Toy Time! makes reading a whole lot of fun.  You'll be digging through basements and attics for your Hula Hoops and He-Man action figures after flipping through the pages of this well-crafted guide.  Happy Holidays!

Best Mysteries Print Email

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Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for a reader who loves mysteries?  Library Journal picked an interesting five for their "best of mystery" list this year; with the exception of Louise Penny, the other four authors are not so well-known.  Paul Thomas's gritty procedural Death on Demand is set in New Zealand and features a Maori detective.  Other stories on this list will take you to Québec, Korea, and 18th century Europe.

Treat Yourself to Seasonal Thrills Print Email

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Robert B. Parker's famed Boston private eye Spenser returns in time for the holidays in the new mystery Silent Night. Though the manuscript was unfinished at the time of Parker's death in 2010, his longtime agent Helen Brann has filled in the gaps. Spenser is planning his Christmas dinner when he's approached with a high-stakes case. The Street Business shelter, which provides job opportunities for homeless boys, is being threatened by some seriously bad guys, but Spenser is ready to take them head on, as always.

Historical Fiction - A Winning List Print Email

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Library Journal's editors have pegged some uncontestable winners in this best of 2013 historical fiction list.  The Good Lord Bird by James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction this year, and Life after Life was also picked as a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly and Bookmarks magazine.  If you recall, Thomas Keneally is the author of Schindler's List; his novel Daughters of Mars travels back to WWI and two Australian sisters who volunteer as nurses.  If you are a Jane Austen or Downton Abbey fan, don't miss Jo Baker's retelling of Pride and Prejudice (where Elizabeth and Darcy take a backseat).  Turn-of-the-century East Texas is the setting for Joe R. Lansdale's The Thicket, a coming-of-age story laced with grave diggers, bank robbing bandits, and even a bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty!

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