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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A Book for Every State Print Email

Image of Washington State, cover of Twilight, and a question mark

Business Insider recently posted an interactive map of the most famous book from every U.S. state.  What do you think about their choice of Twilight for Washington?  Comments on the webpost made so far by Washingtonians range from embarrassed to proud.  To date, suggestions for other "famous" titles that would better represent our state are Snow Falling on Cedars, The Egg and I, The City at the End of Time, or something by Sherman Alexie.  What do you think is the most famous book set in Washington State?  Let us know on the Facebook page.

NBA Finalists Announced Print Email

Jacket covers from the five fiction NBA finalists

Those in the book world know that NBA means - not National Basketball Association - but the National Book Awards!  Finalists for 2013 were announced on Wednesday, whittling the longlist down to five contenders in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature).  Check out the finalists in the library catalog - still time to read before winners are announced on November 20th.  Louise Erdrich was last year's fiction winner for The Round House and Katherine Boo in nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  When you are at a loss for some new good reading, past award winners are great candidates!

Youngest Author, Longest Book Print Email

The image of a woman's face, partially visible as seen through circles portraying what appears to be the phases of the moon

This year's Man Booker Prizes goes to Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries, a murder mystery set during the 1860s New Zealand Gold Rush.  Catton, a New Zealander, makes Booker Prize history in being the youngest award recipient (she was 27 when she completed the novel) and in having written the longest award-winning novel.  (Reading a print version of the 800+ page novel could be considered exercise.)  Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judging panel, says of it: "Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances. It is a novel of astonishing control."  The Luminaries was released in the U.S. yesterday (10/15) by Little, Brown and is Ms. Catton's second novel.

Two Top-notch Monthly Booklists Print Email

Jacket covers from three books from this lists -

Lots of book awards are being announced this month - so watch Book Buzz for the latest info and links to those award winners in the library catalog.  Another great way to find exciting new titles are booklists compiled by people who spend all day every day with books.  Launched in September of this year, Library Reads focuses on new releases and is a list of the ten top-nominated librarian favorites each month.  It is similar in concept to the Indie Next list published by the independent bookseller community.  Both are great places to find new reading!  Visit the library catalog to check out current selections:  Library Reads - Indie Next

2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Print Email

Jacket covers of the two award winning books

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The prize celebrates books that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view.  This year's winners are The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (fiction) and Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon (nonfiction).  Runners-up were Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain for fiction and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King for nonfiction.  In addition, Wendell Berry was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing his works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that explore “how humans can live more harmoniously with both the land and each other.”  Interested?  Check out the 2013 titles in the library catalog (linked above), last year's blog entry, the 2013 finalists list, and past award winners.

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