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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Summer Reading Challenge - Newsletters Print Email

Screen shots of two WCLS email newslettersIf you are taking the adult summer reading program Wide Awake Reader Challenge this summer, one of the suggested action items is to sign up for a newsletter about new books.  The monthly WCLS eNewsletters are, of course, a great option - learn what's new in different fiction genres, as well as nonfiction, audio, DVD, or children's books.  Another newsletter enjoyable newsletter is ShelfAwareness for Readers - issued every Tuesday and Friday, it's packed full of book reviews, author interviews, and interesting news from the book world.  In today's issue, for example, you can take a Queens in Fiction quiz, read what Mary Daheim has to say about her new mystery The Wurst is Yet to Come, or find a list of seven summer reads set in prime beach destinations.  Sign up today!

 
Sweet Summer Reading Print Email

Jacket cover of Dorothea Frank Benton's

Dorothea Benton Frank is always a summertime favorite, and her new novel, Porch Lights, is perfect for poolside or beach reading.  Frank transports readers to Sullivans Island, South Carolina, which she has chronicled in a dozen best-selling novels.  In Porch Lights, widow Jackie takes her 10-year-old son to Sullivans Island to reconnect with family after her firefighter husband is killed in the line of duty.  Jackie and her mother Annie, like so many mothers and daughters, don't have the smoothest relationship, but the healing power of family transforms Jackie's return to her childhood home into an unforgettable summer.  Packed with Lowcountry charm and Frank's trademark humor, this family story is sure to delight readers.

 
Cheryl Strayed Comes to Bellingham Print Email

Author photo of Cheryl Strayed

Whatcom County readers have a great opportunity to see and hear Cheryl Strayed in person and take part in a live-broadcast radio show when she is the featured guest on the Village Books Chuckanut Radio HourWild, Strayed's account of her Pacific Crest Trail hiking adventure, is the current selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0, so it has of course been wildly popular (trail and childhood photos).  Strayed is also Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus—who dispenses wise advice on everything from cheating lovers to financial woes.  Tiny Beautiful Things collects the best of Dear Sugar in essays that grapple with life's biggest questions with grace, compassion and humor.  The radio hour on July 24th will celebrate both of these new books—ticket, date/time and location information here

 
Way To Go Taggers! Print Email

A selection of five jacket images from books on the WCLS2012 listWhen searching for vacation reading this summer, check out the WCLS2012 list of favorites posted by adult summer reading participants.  Thanks to all the taggers, this list is getting quite long!  Use the options along the left to narrow the focus - content lets you choose fiction or nonfiction, audience limits to adult, teen or kid's books, and form/genre, topic and region helps you get even more specific about your interests.  Then add your own favorite to the list!  Find out more about the adult summer reading program and how to tag your favorite books HERE.

 
Stellar Southern Fiction Print Email
Jacket cover from Readers will savor the unforgettable characters and settings of the South in The Lost Saints of Tennessee by Alabama writer Amy Franklin-Willis in this well-rendered debut. Everyone had high hopes for Ezekiel Cooper, smartest boy in his high school class.  But tragedy strikes when Zeke's mentally challenged twin brother dies in a drowning accident, changing the course of Zeke's life.  A decade and a divorce later, Zeke splits town with his loyal dog and enough pain pills to kill them both.  But fate has other plans for him as he is given the opportunity to heal and make amends at his cousin's lush Virginia horse farm. With echoes of The Prince of Tides and Bastard out of Carolina, you'll find yourself rooting for these characters to the very last page.
 
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