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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Christy Awards Print Email

Jacket covers of three of the 2013 Christy Award winners(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)  "The Christy Awards are awarded each year to recognize novels of excellence written from a Christian worldview. Awards are given in several genres, including contemporary, historical, romance, suspense, and visionary. In addition, an award is given for first novel and young adult. The Christy Awards are named in honor of Catherine Marshall and her novel Christy. They were designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview and bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available." Click "read more" for the 2013 winners!

Strawberries, Cucumbers and Beans Print Email

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If you are a farmer's market fan or growing your own garden, it's easy to wind up with more fruits and vegetables than you know what to do with.  Kevin West decided to deal with this problem head on and the resulting blog ( is now a cookbook.  In Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving, West provides a simple and complete guide to saving the fruits of your labor.  The cookbook is divided by season, making it easier to deal with each season's produce.  West also uses his East Tennessee storytelling background to accompany his recipes with lively stories and essays.  Mmm ... homemade strawberry jam and green tomato chutney!  See the Canning and Preserving subject heading for other materials on this topic.

Audie Awards 2013 Print Email

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The annual Audio Awards Awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment in catagories ranging from audiobook of the year to narration and production.  Find entertainment for your next car trip from this list of featured 2013 winners!  The list includes CD, downloadable and Playaway formats, titles teens and kids as well as several popular adult genres.

Best Video of 2012 Print Email

Jacket covers of the DVDs Classics, documentaries, foreign/indies, and made-for-TV are the featured films on this Best Video of 2012 list, compiled from suggestions by Jeff Dick, Library Journal's film reviewer.  Many made the list as restored versions of older classics that are being released on Blu-ray.  If you missed several of these new releases - like Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Queen of Versailles - when they were shown at the Pickford Cinema, catch up your viewing by requesting to be delivered to the library nearest you!

RIP Vince Flynn Print Email

Picture of Vince Flynn, clean cut and in a suit and tie, along with jacket covers from his most recent book Vince Flynn, author of CIA pageturners starring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday morning in St. Paul, MN.  It is not clear yet how far along he was in work on his next novel, The Survivor, that was slated for an October release.  Flynn informed his novels by careful study of what was going on in the world and was so spot-on in his observations that the Secret Service is rumored to have used his novels to identify lapses in their security.  President George W. Bush once described his books as being "a little too accurate," an opinion supported by the fact that many of his titles undergo a security review by the Pentagon before release.  Flynn is a self-publishing success story; his first book, Term Limits, was rejected so many times that he finally published it himself in 1997.  GoodReads lists Ernest HemingwayRobert LudlumTom ClancyJ.R.R. TolkienGore Vidal, and John Irving as writing influences.  Add Vince Flynn titles to your summer reading list HERE.

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