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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Alternative Lifestyles Print Email
Cover image for Microshelters by Deek Diedricksen
Tiny houses - they are everywhere these days, it seems, as Americans lean toward a more streamlined way of life. If you love the idea of a tiny house, but can't imagine adopting the lifestyle full-time, the new book Microshelters offers some alternatives. Chock-full of small structures that include cabins, studios, treehouses and yes, tiny houses as well, Microshelters provides inspiration and practical details. Author Deek Diedricksen is a pro at tiny house construction and clearly had a lot of fun compiling this latest resource for fellow micro-living enthusiasts. He even emphasizes using salvaged items in the design of your structure, making the price tag for these houses tiny too. Want to find out what all the fuss is about? Check out our curated list of tiny house resources and see if a micro-abode is in your future!
2015 National Book Award - Fiction Longlist Print Email

Cover images for 2015 National Book Award Longlist titles

The 2015 National Book Award longlists were announced last week, and the fiction list is as always an intriguing one. In an era where big names often dominate awards lists, the judges for this year's award have chosen ten titles from lesser-known writers. (There's already been commentary on the omission of literary powerhouse Jonathan Franzen from the list.) While a few of these authors may already be familiar to you - Adam Johnson, known for his 2012 novel The Orphan Master's Son; Lauren Groff, whose new book Fates and Furies is the latest NPR Morning Edition Book Club pick - others are likely to be entirely new. One thing is sure, however: the picks are eclectic and diverse in style and setting, a representation of the range of American fiction being published currently. Take a look at the full list, and place your holds now.
A Year of Staff Picks - North Fork Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. Fall's on its way, and the leaves will soon be turning color - a great time to visit North Fork Library!

Image of North Fork Library staff plus exterior photo of North Fork Library building

Located in the foothills of Mount Baker and serving the communities of Kendall and Maple Falls, the North Fork Library has a truly spectacular backdrop. Stepping into the building, visitors are welcomed into a warm, inviting space that's also fairly new, having opened in February 2011 after an extensive fundraising campaign by the Friends of the North Fork Community Library. Here you're likely to find patrons checking out themed displays, exploring the colorful children's area or taking advantage of the Book-A-Librarian service, where you can meet one-on-one with library staff. New to the North Fork staff in 2015 is Manager David Austin, and he's been a great addition to a staff who already loves to help their community. Check out the full Staff Picks list in our catalog to see what North Fork staff are recommending now!

A Saga Ends Print Email

Image of fantasy author Terry Pratchett

Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett passed away in March of this year, leaving fans to wonder what would become of his popular Discworld series. Soon after his passing, publishers announced the publication of The Shepherd's Crown, which released this past week. And fans will be interested to know that this will be the final Discworld novel, according to the author's daughter. Tweeting in response to an inquiry about more Discworld to come, Rhianna Pratchett replied, "No I don't intend on writing more Discworld novels, or giving anyone else permission to do so. They are sacred to dad." Though she later added that adaptations and tie-ins are possible, at this point it appears that the original Discworld series will stand, and that The Shepherd's Crown will conclude the series. Catch up with the body of Discworld work to celebrate the life and legacy of Terry Pratchett, fantasy legend. (photo credit: Goodreads)

Modern Retellings Print Email

Cover image for Ana of California by Andi Teran

Picture the characters from your favorite classic novels, brought into the context of modern life and times. Sound intriguing? Then the work of these debut authors might be your next must-read, as both have mined timeless tales to provide inspiration for their own stories of today. Author Andi Teran's love for Anne of Green Gables inspired her to write Ana of California, a coming-of-age novel that's a decidedly modern update. Readers follow Ana Cortez, Cover image for Re Jane by Patricia Parka fiercely independent teen bounced in and out of foster care who must leave behind city life in East L.A. for a farm trainee program in Northern California, where Ana must prove herself in order to stay. In Patricia Park's Re Jane, Korean American Jane Re finds herself caught in a clash of both culture and identity, between her roots in Seoul and life (and love) as a Brooklyn au pair. Lovers of Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre will find much to appreciate in this fresh retelling, but it's not necessary to be a Bronte devotee to enjoy the storytelling just as much. The fun of reading these new takes is trying to see the twists in stories we all know so well!

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