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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Top Book Club Picks in December Print Email

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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

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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?

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!

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