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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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.
 
Graphic Novels for Beginners Print Email
Jacket covers from the graphic novels Each year, the adult summer reading program has an option that includes suggestions for broadening your horizons as a reader and information consumer.  If you're exploring the Wide Awake Reader Challenge this year, one of those options is to read a graphic novel.  Graphic novels have won awards such as the Pulitzer (Maus), the Printz (American Born Chinese), and the World Fantasy Award (The Sandman).  They provide opportunities for different ways of learning and understanding a subject.  Are you inspired to explore?  Check out this list of good graphic novels for beginners or browse all adult graphic novels in the library catalog.
 
June is Audiobook Month! Print Email
Jacket covers from Recent studies have shown that one in every five American households listen to audiobooks.  And if you were to question those listeners, my bet is that they would unanimously tell you that it is the reader who makes the book come alive.  A fabulous book can be ruined by a narrator whose voice is like fingers on a chalkboard (as one listener recently described an audio experience to me).  So how to find the wonderful narrators?  One way is to check the annual Audie Awards which recognize excellence in solo narration by male and female readers, as well as honoring authors reading their own works.  This year's honors in the above categories go to narrators Simon Vance (for The King's Speech), Rosalyn Landor (for The Winter Sea), and Libba Bray (reading her teen book Beauty Queens).  Once you find a narrator you really enjoy, an author search with their name will find their other works in the catalog.  Happy Listening!  (Note: The Winter Sea is only available through Audible.com, a subscription audio service - not available for library purchase at this time.)
 
Two Plugs Print Email

Picture of laptop-style DVD playerDVD Newsletter

Just a reminder to sign up for the new DVD e-newsletter if you haven’t already – the next issue will be published tomorrow (on the 13th of each month)!  Find interesting, well-reviewed films that may not have been caught by your movie radar.  Visit the newsletter signup page to subscribe.

Picture of a book cover with sticky tags sticking out marking pagesHelp Create a Summer Reading Booklist

Calling all adult summer readers!  Help create a countywide “best of summer reading” booklist by tagging your favorite reads in the catalog with the tag “WCLS2012.”  Find out more about the adult summer reading program and how to tag your favorite books HERE.

 
Between the Covers Starts Saturday! Print Email

Jacket cover of Wiley Cash's Between the Covers poster - Frankenstein is in bed reading Between the Covers (the name of this year's national adult summer reading program) starts Saturday.  Participation is easy and there are prizes to win!  To be entered in the prize drawing, simply fill out entry forms for books read (movies watched, etc.) the next time you visit a WCLS library.  OR, participate from home by tagging a title you enjoyed in the library catalog with the tag "WCLS2012."  Each tag acts as an entry in the prize drawing and will help to create a countywide booklist of great reads. 

Summer reading lists abound and Book Buzz will help you find the best of the best.  Praise has been high for Wiley Cash's A Land More Kind than Home and I couldn't agree more that this is a winner debut.  Today's ShelfAwareness includes an interesting Book Brahmin interview with him.

 
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