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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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.

King Family of Writers Print Email

Jacket images from five King family novels - Double Feature, Save Yourself, NOS4A2, Joyland, and Doctor Sleep

It was pretty well-publicized that Joe Hill was blockbuster author Stephen King's son from the hype that accompanied publication of his first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, in 2007.  (Hill's full name is Joseph Hillstrom King; the pen name Joe Hill does refer to the firing squad executed labor leader for whom he was named.)  But did you know that King's family boasts several other novelists as well, and that four of the five novelists in the family have books being published this year?  Younger brother Owen King published his first novel, Double Feature, in March, and Owen's wife Kelly Braffet's third novel Save Yourself is released this week.  Joe's NOS4A2 came out earlier this year, as did Stephen's Joyland, and Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining) is expected in September. No news on whether Tabitha King, Stephen's wife, is working on anything for publication.  For more King family stories, check out the New York Times Magazine recent interview.

Angels and Demons Print Email

Jacket cover of Cassandra Clare's

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will hit theaters in August, bringing the first book in a popular teen fantasy series to the big screen. Clary Fray thought she was like any other teenager, but when she begins seeing things that no one else can, her whole life changes. After her mother is kidnapped by demons, Clary meets Jace Wayland and his group of friends. They are Shadowhunters, half-human and half-angel, and they destroy evil Downworlders like the demon that stole Clary's mother. The Shadowhunters open Clary's eyes, and she discovers a hidden world that has been right in front of her the entire time. If you haven't yet sampled this fantastic series, check out Cassandra Clare's novels before you head to the theater.  For other books being made to movies, check out these lists!  (Books to be Movies List 1 & List 2)

Hot Debut Summer Fiction Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the titles on this list

Lots of debut novels have been released this summer, but sometimes it is hard to find the ones that float to the top and stay there … use this First Novels 2013 list to find titles that are being talked about and have earned attention and rave reviews.  In The Curiosity, a man who fell overboard in a 1906 storm and was flash-frozen in Arctic ice is reanimated; his introduction to the 21st century is ethical controversy, as well as humorous moments, and even love.  Queen’s Gambit will appeal to lovers of historical fiction as it follows Henry VIII’s sixth queen who, haunted by the fates of the previous wives, must learn to navigate the treachery of the royal court.  Feudal Japan is the setting for Child of Vengeance; based on the life of samurai legend Musashi Miyamoto, this one will appeal to those who loved James Clavell’s Shogun.  Check out the First Novels 2013 list to discover more like these!

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