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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Book Buzz
RIP Vince Flynn Print Email

Picture of Vince Flynn, clean cut and in a suit and tie, along with jacket covers from his most recent book Vince Flynn, author of CIA pageturners starring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday morning in St. Paul, MN.  It is not clear yet how far along he was in work on his next novel, The Survivor, that was slated for an October release.  Flynn informed his novels by careful study of what was going on in the world and was so spot-on in his observations that the Secret Service is rumored to have used his novels to identify lapses in their security.  President George W. Bush once described his books as being "a little too accurate," an opinion supported by the fact that many of his titles undergo a security review by the Pentagon before release.  Flynn is a self-publishing success story; his first book, Term Limits, was rejected so many times that he finally published it himself in 1997.  GoodReads lists Ernest HemingwayRobert LudlumTom ClancyJ.R.R. TolkienGore Vidal, and John Irving as writing influences.  Add Vince Flynn titles to your summer reading list HERE.

Good Book Club Picks Print Email

Back in January, Library Journal reviewed books being published in early summer and recommended these titles as good reads for book clubs.  If you like character-driven, coming-of-age, or psychologically and emotionally rich stories, you will probably enjoy these as summer reads, even if you are not in a book club.  (Do consider joining one of the WCLS book clubs!)  The debut novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls isn't the only one of these titles to get a lot of prepublication buzz; set during the Depression, it features a rebellious young heroine sent to a strict equestrian boarding school after a family tragedy that she had a role in.  The Good for Book Clubs - new in 2013 list includes both fiction and nonfiction selections - enjoy!

Adult Summer Reading Starts June 15th! Print Email

Adult summer reading poster Summer reading is not just for kids, but is something that the whole family can do together!  Grown-ups visiting the library in person can turn in an entry form for items read/watched/listened to to be entered into prize drawings.  Or from home, visit our digital library and tag items you have read/watched/listened to "WCLS2013" - this both enters you to win prizes and adds to a countywide summer reading booklist!  Just for fun, take the summer reading challenge and see how many of these items you can check off the list.  Enjoy this list of Groundbreaking Reads suggestions to get you started!  Click HERE for all the details.

Best Summer Reading Lists Print Email

Jacket covers from five titles on the list linked to below, one from each genre

This is the time of year where booklovers everywhere compile suggestions for the best possible summer books with which to fill your beach bookbag.  Here are some recent suggestions from Publishers Weekly for what to read this summer, encompassing several genres as well as nonfiction.  Remember that adult summer reading starts this Saturday, June 15th ... tag what you are reading "WCLS2013" to be entered to win prizes!

Stommish Reading Print Email

Jacket cover from The countdown to next weekend's Lummi Stommish Water Festival has begun!  Stommish began after WWII to welcome home war veterans and today is a multi-cultural contemporary Coast Salish gathering which includes fun and enjoyment for the whole family.  Highlighting some of the Native authors in the library collection, Richard Wagamese is an author and journalist from the Ojibway Wabasseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario.  Now living in Kamloops, B.C., his novel Indian Horse is the story of Saul Indian Horse; forced to attend residential school, he finds salvation temporarily through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. Far more difficult than his battles on the ice, however, are the internal battles he must fight to survive amid obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.  Click "read more" for more author/artist suggestions ...

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