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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Nancy's Literacy Breakfast List Print Email

Photo of Nancy Pearl

highlight of the Whatcom Literacy Council's Annual Literacy Breakfast is guest speaker Nancy Pearl sharing some of her favorite reads.  If you missed the breakfast this year, here is "the list" (which contains her recommendations from last year's breakfast as well.)  Visit the WLC website for more information about the important work they do in Whatcom County.  Bravo to all the literacy tutors and learners out there!

Perfect Holiday Meals Print Email

Jacket cover of Ree Drummond's new cookbookFeeling anxious about your meal plans for the upcoming holidays?  Never fear, Ree Drummond is here!  Known for her wildly popular blog, The Pioneer Woman, Drummond is also a cookbook author and host of a popular Food Network show.  Her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, is filled with 140 recipes and full menus tailored to compliment each major holiday, from a full Thanksgiving turkey feast to Christmas rum cake to New Year's Day healthy resolution smoothies.  Drummond can help take some of the stress and guesswork out of holiday meal preparation so you can have more time to sit back and enjoy the occasion.

Honoring Native American Heritage Print Email

November is National Native American Heritage Month.  Check out Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, a collection with 15 of this National Book Award winner's best-known short pieces and 15 recent ones.  Alexie candidly outlines daily life on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest while also grappling with issues of racism, infidelity and various messy conflicts that arise in everyday lives.  Alexie covers some serious ground in this collection, but his signature provocative humor is laced throughout, making this a great showcase of Alexie at his best and, at times, most surprising.  You might also want to browse this listing of Native authors by name, book title and tribe.

Curl up and Scare Yourself Print Email

Jacket covers from three books on this list - Dracula, It, and Heart-shaped Box

In honor of Halloween, Flavorwire recently posted a list of the "scariest books of all time." Whether you agree or not with their choices, autumn is definitely a good time of year to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers. The list ranges widely - from true classics by Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe, to classics of the horror genre by H.P. Lovecraft and Robert R. McCammon, to contemporary authors writing scary stuff.  Happy Haunting!  (View titles in the library catalog.)  If you find titles on the full Flavorwire list not available at the library, fill out a Beyond the Catalog request and we'll try to find them for you!

Bookmarks Votes Best Books Print Email

Jacket images from three books on this list - Boys in the Boat, Wool, and The Interestings

It begins!  That time of year when "best books from the past year" lists start proliferating.  Bookmarks magazine's recently published November/December issue includes their list for "best of 2013" - check out the list in the library catalog and see what you might have missed!  They've included titles representing literary fiction, crime fiction, science fiction/fantasy, young adult, general nonfiction, biography, history and science, so there is something to delight every type of reader.  The library catalog list points to print formats, but just click on the author name to find out if the title is available in other formats.  Use the categories on the left to narrow the list; for example, audience for adult/teen, form/genre to find different types of fiction, or topic for different nonfiction subjects.  Happy fall reading!

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