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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RIP Elmore Leonard Print Email

Photo of Leonard outdoors, sitting on a log with his elbows on his knees

Elmore Leonard, the novelist known for snappy dialogue and gritty realism, passed away this morning at age 87 (Tuesday, August 20) from complications from a recent stroke.  Born in 1925, Leonard spent most of his childhood in Detroit where his father worked for General Motors.  Leonard's hard-boiled style sets the paradigm for this genre; many of his novels are set in seamy Detroit or Miami, but he also wrote numerous successful screenplays and some pulp Westerns.  His writing influences include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Raymond Carver; in 1997, he published a slim volume entitled Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing with advice on how to remain invisible when writing which includes "never open a book with weather" and "if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."  Here is a link to Elmore Leonard's works in the library catalog if you'd like to read as a tribute and a wonderful biography posted on his website.

What WCLS Readers are Reading Print Email

Slogan from adult summer reading - Groundbreaking Reads - with the READS in big block letters of crumbling, cracked earth

For a list of what other county readers have read and loved this summer, check out the list of items tagged WCLS2013.  And it's not just books, but also movies, music and audiobooks!  Are you really enjoying something from the library collection?  Share it with others by looking it up in the library catalog and tagging it WCLS2013.  A side benefit is that you will be entered into the end-of-summer adult summer reading prize drawing!  Help with tagging can be found on the Adult Summer Reading webpage.  

National Romance Month Print Email
Image of two red roses in a round glass ballAugust is National Romance Month!  Romance novels come in lots of flavors - gothic, regency, suspense, inspirational, paranormal, erotica, westerns, contemporary ... to name a few.  Visit the Romance page for links to helpful websites or to browse the most recent Romance eNewsletter selections.  Find new titles in the catalog or subscribe to the New Love Stories RSS feed.  Romance on your eReader?  There is a large collection available at the NW Anytime Library!  A simple tip for finding your next read: in the library catalog, find a book you really enjoyed and click on a romance subject heading to find more like it. Or, above the subject headings, click on "Reading Recommendations and More from NoveList" to find other titles you might enjoy.
RITA Awards Print Email

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Debut novel The Haunting of Maddy Clare was awarded two RITA Awards by the Romance Writers of America at the recent ceremony in Atlanta, for Best First Book and Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.  Set in 1920s England, it is the story of a young woman who is sent by her employer to assist a ghost hunter in investigating the spirit of a 19-year old serving maid who inhabits the barn where she committed suicide.  A gothic love story with some suspense and mystery elements that will keep you turning the pages.  Award winners are easy ways to find good reading and discover new authors; check out other RITA Award winners or recent posts about the Thriller Awards, Christy Awards, and the Audie Awards for audiobooks.  The libray catalog makes finding award winners easy by linking to a number of reknowned awards in different genres on the Explore/Awards tab. Check it out!  (TIP: Every time you leave the awards page and return to it, different "available awards titles" are brought to your attention.)

What to Read Next Newsletters Print Email

Images of two newslettersLet us make it easier to find your next great read - sign up for one of the monthly "What Do I Read Next?" e-newsletters compiled by the librarians who select materials.  The newsletters are intended to help you find - not the most popular titles that you're likely to hear about elsewhere - but new authors and quality items that you may not hear about in mainstream media.  And there is a DVD newsletter, too, so not just reading!  The newsletters are published monthly between the 9th and the 15th of the month, so if you subscribe now, you'll receive a newsletter in your inbox right away.  Click on titles at the newsletter page to see previous editions and to signup.

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