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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Book Buzz
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Jacket covers of the four books mentioned in this articleTwo titles expected to take off this fall are Will Schwalbe’s touching memoir about his mother, The End of Your Life Book Club,  and Attica Locke’s second mystery, The Cutting Season.  Schwalbe’s memoir of his mother's last months of life demonstrates how asking the simple question “what are you reading?” can transform a relationship while Locke’s tale of murder and injustice in Louisiana explores the enduring legacy of slavery.  Compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, there is growing word of mouth for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by British author Rachel Joyce; in it, a retired Englishman learns that an old friend is dying and decides to walk 627 miles to see her.  M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, The Light Between Oceans, the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds, is being compared to Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Kim Edwards’ The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

Book Club Suggestions Print Email

Logo from Book Movement website - a cartoon voice bubble with the graphic of a book insideCheck out this list of most popular book club picks during the month of July based on votes from readers and leaders of more than 35,000 book clubs registered at  You can also sign up for their newsletter, enter to win book giveaways, and manage your book club activities!

1. Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
5. Defending Jacob by William Landay
6. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
7. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Read Them First! Print Email

Life of Pi movie release poster, showing a young boy standing in one end of a lifeboat with a tiger sitting in the other end of the boatIf you want to participate in those "I liked the movie, but the book was better" discussions, there are a bunch of titles you'd best get reading as a slew of movies based on books are being released this fall!

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky (Sept. 14)
THE PAPERBOY by Peter Dexter (Oct. 5)
WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë (Oct. 5)
CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell (Oct. 26)

RITA Awards Announced Print Email
Romance Writers of America logo - a drawing of an open book next to their name - gold print on a royal red backgroundThe RITA Award, presented by the Romance Writers of America (RWA), is the most prominent award given for the romance genre.  Named for the RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, it signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction.  This year's awards were announced recently at the organization's annual conference.  Visit the library catalog to see this year's winners!  Interestingly, until 2012, RITA Award nominees were limited to books in print.  This year’s event, however, provided a first - two RITAs were awarded to eBook titles.
PNBA Book Award Nominees Print Email

Jacket covers from five of the PNBA Book Award nominees that are owned by the library

Since 1965, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest (defined by the author and/or illustrator residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho or British Columbia).  A new committee made up of independent booksellers is formed each March and the winning books are picked by the committee in mid-October.  This year's list of nominees includes some of my favorite reads this year and several yet-to-be-published titles that I'm really excited to read - it will be hard to choose one winner from these! (See nominees in the library collection - full list of nominees - previous award winners)

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