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Readers AdvisorHey!  I'm Lisa G - your guide to "What Do I Read Next?".  Look around this page to find ideas for your next read.  Many of our lists are hand-selected and linked to the catalog, making it easy to place requests.  Have a blast!
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Favorite Book Group Reads Print Email

Photo of a bearded older gentleman readingAt Branch Out, the recent Whatcom County Library Foundation fundraiser dinner, attendees were asked to list the "best books ever" read by their book groups.  The lists were collected at the end of the night and the tally is in!  This Book Group Favorites list includes all titles that were mentioned three or more times.  If you're looking for the next read for your group, these are tried-and-true good discussions!  (By the way, a big bravo to the foundation who exceeded their goal of raising $10,000 - the event netted $11,300!)

 
Hugo Award nominees Print Email

Jacket cover of Jacket cover from George R.R. Martin's Jacket cover from Mira Grant's Jacket cover from China Mieville's Jacket cover of James S.A. Corey's

The annually presented Hugo Awards honor the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous year and are recognized as one of the most prestigious science fiction awards bestowed.  Named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the early science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, the awards were first given in 1953 and have been given every year since 1955.  (This mag had some amazing covers - check them out here!)  These are this year's nominees for best novel - winners will be announced at the 70th World Science Fiction Convention being held in Chicago at the end of August.  Click on any of the book covers to reserve in the library catalog.  Or view the list of this year's nominees in all categories ... or do some retrospective reading of some of the nominees from previous years

 

 
Jim Lynch in Ferndale on Thursday! Print Email

Jacket cover of Jim Lynch's Don't miss hearing Jim Lynch speak about his newest book, Truth Like the Sun, at the Chuckanut Radio Hour in Ferndale on Thursday, April 19th.  As a bonus, ticket sales will benefit the new Ferndale Library Project!  The central character in Truth Like the Sun is Roger Morgan, (fictional) mastermind of the 1962 World's Fair, who is running for mayor in the 2001 post-Microsoft gold rush era in hopes of returning Seattle to its former glory.  Here are some of the things I've really enjoyed about the book (just one chapter to go!):

  • Often, when novels take place in different time periods, the characters in each time setting are different, but Lynch keeps his focus on Roger Morgan in chapters that alternate between 1962 and 2001, helping me to feel that I know this character very well over time.
  • His secondary character, investigative reporter Helen Gulanos, is new to Seattle, and provides a nice contrast between long-time resident perspectives and the way Seattle is experienced by a newcomer.
  • As someone who was not here in 1962, I'm learning lots of interesting facts about the World's Fair! If you were there, this would make a fun trip down memory lane!

Hope to see you at Ferndale High School on Thursday evening for the Chuckanut Radio Hour and Jim Lynch!  More ticket, time and location information can be found HERE.

 
Sharing the Joy of Poetry Print Email

Photo of Kathleen Flenniken, current WA State Poet LaureateDid you know that Washington has a Poet Laureate? The 2012-2014 appointee, Kathleen Flenniken, is a lifelong Washington resident, raised in Richland, WA and currently living in Seattle. Her role as Poet Laureate is to support and promote poetry in Washington through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings throughout the state.  She also has a blog called The Far Field which features the work of other Pacific Northwest poets. (Check out the great story about a poetry kiosk someone put up on a residential parking strip in Everett!)  Current residents of Washington State who would like their work considered for publication in The Far Field may submit up to five poems to the blog. Consult the submission guidelines on the blog’s “About” page for more details.

 
Spring Firsts Print Email

Four jacket covers from titles on this featured First Novels 2012 listFirst novels. Most authors have at least one, and sometimes several, that were written and abandoned before their actual first published novel.  They generally speak of these as embarassing but necessary steps on their journey to publication.  I've always contended that there is often an energy in an author's first published work that is difficult to recreate in subsequent books; though the writing may improve, that first book seems imbued with hopes and dreams and aspirations that lend a special vitality to the words. For readers, the first novel can open doors to new worlds and a fresh perspective when you are stuck in a reading rut, similar to the charge you can get when striking up a new and stimulating friendship.  Take a look at some of these featured first novels and enjoy a fresh, new world of reading.

 
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