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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Cloud Atlas Hits the Big Screen Print Email

Jacket covers of the movie tie-in version of Cloud Atlas showing a collage of the characters and the original cover showing six panels of different images of clouds

A film adaptation of David Mitchell's iconic novel Cloud Atlas is coming to theaters October 26th.  Published in 2004, the book has captivated readers with its innovative structure and immense scope.  Filled with fascinating characters such as a 1970s journalist, an aspiring musician in 1930s Belgium and a survivor of a futuristic catastrophe in Hawaii, Cloud Atlas is a puzzle of a book that leaves readers with a sense of accomplishment upon completion.  Consider checking out a copy of the novel before you head to the theater to see the film version starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

National Book Award Finalists Print Email

Logo emblem - Finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards were announced this morning (October 10th) and now it's just a little over a month's wait for the winners to be announced on November 14th.  Have you read any of these titles?  Any wagers about the winners?  I'm still thinking about the fiction category, but tag Behind the Beautiful Forevers for the nonfiction winner.  (Fiction finalists below - click "read more" to see other categories.)

This is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz
A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
WINNER! The Round House - Louise Erdrich
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain
The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

National Reading Group Month Print Email

Jacket covers from five of the books on the Founded by the Women's National Book Association in October 2007, National Reading Group Month salutes reading groups!  October is the perfect time to join or start a group - visit the book clubs page on to find an open book group that meets at the library.  Or check out one of the library book kits, pass the books out to friends and family, and then get everyone together to discuss the book.  If they enjoy the experience, maybe they'll want to do it again - and a book group is born.  Looking for other good book group selections?  Sample these recently published recommended titles or check out other resources for book groups in the library catalog.

It's Doctober! Print Email
DVD cover images from the four films listed by name in the blog postEach October since 2007, The Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham hosts a month-long celebration of the best documentaries currently available for theatrical exhibition.  Contrary to the idea that documentaries are primarily dry and scholarly educational tools, many big hits and top-grossing films are from the documentary genre; just think of Bowling for Columbine, Rivers & Tides, March of the Penguins, or The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.  Check out Pickford Film Center Doctober page for a schedule of this month's showings!  Too busy?  The library owns many of the films that were screened at Doctober 2011 (see list here) - put on your jammies and make some popcorn!
New Collection from Sherman Alexie Print Email

Jacket cover of Sherman Alexie's

Sherman Alexie, who turns 46 this month, is the author of the National Book Award winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and many other acclaimed novels and short stories.  In a new collection, Blasphemy, he once examines the Native-American experience.  Known for his hilarious yet poignant depictions of life on the reservation, Alexie writes about characters battling stereotypes, racism, and most of all questions about heritage and identity.  This new collection will please Alexie fans and give new readers a chance to sample his perceptive observations on Native-American life.  Don't miss hearing Sherman speak and read from this new collection on October 29th, 7pm, at the Bellingham High School Theater (ticket info), hosted by Village Books and the Lummi Youth Academy.

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