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Readers AdvisorHey!  I'm Lisa G - your guide to "What Do I Read Next?".  Look around this page to find ideas for your next read.  Many of our lists are hand-selected and linked to the catalog, making it easy to place requests.  Have a blast!
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King Family of Writers Print Email

Jacket images from five King family novels - Double Feature, Save Yourself, NOS4A2, Joyland, and Doctor Sleep

It was pretty well-publicized that Joe Hill was blockbuster author Stephen King's son from the hype that accompanied publication of his first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, in 2007.  (Hill's full name is Joseph Hillstrom King; the pen name Joe Hill does refer to the firing squad executed labor leader for whom he was named.)  But did you know that King's family boasts several other novelists as well, and that four of the five novelists in the family have books being published this year?  Younger brother Owen King published his first novel, Double Feature, in March, and Owen's wife Kelly Braffet's third novel Save Yourself is released this week.  Joe's NOS4A2 came out earlier this year, as did Stephen's Joyland, and Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining) is expected in September. No news on whether Tabitha King, Stephen's wife, is working on anything for publication.  For more King family stories, check out the New York Times Magazine recent interview.

Angels and Demons Print Email

Jacket cover of Cassandra Clare's

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will hit theaters in August, bringing the first book in a popular teen fantasy series to the big screen. Clary Fray thought she was like any other teenager, but when she begins seeing things that no one else can, her whole life changes. After her mother is kidnapped by demons, Clary meets Jace Wayland and his group of friends. They are Shadowhunters, half-human and half-angel, and they destroy evil Downworlders like the demon that stole Clary's mother. The Shadowhunters open Clary's eyes, and she discovers a hidden world that has been right in front of her the entire time. If you haven't yet sampled this fantastic series, check out Cassandra Clare's novels before you head to the theater.  For other books being made to movies, check out these lists!  (Books to be Movies List 1 & List 2)

Hot Debut Summer Fiction Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the titles on this list

Lots of debut novels have been released this summer, but sometimes it is hard to find the ones that float to the top and stay there … use this First Novels 2013 list to find titles that are being talked about and have earned attention and rave reviews.  In The Curiosity, a man who fell overboard in a 1906 storm and was flash-frozen in Arctic ice is reanimated; his introduction to the 21st century is ethical controversy, as well as humorous moments, and even love.  Queen’s Gambit will appeal to lovers of historical fiction as it follows Henry VIII’s sixth queen who, haunted by the fates of the previous wives, must learn to navigate the treachery of the royal court.  Feudal Japan is the setting for Child of Vengeance; based on the life of samurai legend Musashi Miyamoto, this one will appeal to those who loved James Clavell’s Shogun.  Check out the First Novels 2013 list to discover more like these!

For Downton Abbey Fans Print Email

Jacket cover from

Downton Abbey, the period drama set on a fictional Yorkshire estate, follows the Crawley family and their servants as traditional ways of life clash with the early 20th century. In honor of the estimated 120 million viewers worldwide who have fallen in love with this PBS series, Bookmarks magazine compiled a list of companion reads - fiction and nonfiction- that explore this time period and we've added some DVDs and other resources to lead you to all things Downton Abbey! Check out the list HERE. (The Downton Abbey article was in the July/August issue of Bookmarks which is in the library collection.  Bookmarks is a wonderful resource for finding new reading - reserve an issue today and check it out!)

Summer Must-Reads from Bookish Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the books on this list - The Son, Night Film, and Cinnamon & Gunpowder

Here's what had to say recently about the ten new novels they think you must read this summer: "Whether you're taking a 'staycation' or traveling far and wide, we've got your short list of 10 great books to read this summer. This season's crop of must-reads includes new novels from the authors of The Kite Runner and The Glass Castle; epics of Texas and of New York; continent-spanning adventures via car, plane and pirate ship; and stories of sisters, sons and connubial mayhem."  Sound interesting?  Click "read more" for the list, linked to the catalog for easy requesting.  Happy beach reading!

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