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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Olympic Fever Print Email

Jacket covers from Chris Cleave's Today's 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony begins two-plus weeks of Olympics excitement as most of us tune-in to the spectacle and drama via internet and TV.  After August 12th's closing ceremony, it'll be four years to wait before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, so if you really want to immerse yourself, check out one of these books or DVDs whose subject is the Olympic Games.  Gold by Chris Cleave (author of Little Bee) is perfectly timed and themed for the games in London; in it, cyclists Zoe and Kate are long-time friends and now, athletic rivals for Olympic gold, where each wants desperately to win and each has more than a medal to lose.

Beach Reads Print Email

Vacations are going into high gear - make sure you have some good escapist reading to take to the beach with you.  The L.A. Times recently compiled this list of "beach reads for the fun of it" that includes some thrillers as well as, yep, books about summers at the beach!  Safe travels and happy reading.

Jacket covers of seven books from this list that have people on the beach on their covers

Debut Literary Thriller Print Email

Jacket cover from Besides having a super eye-catching cover and interesting title, the debut novel Tigers in Red Weather is written by the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville!  More about this literary thriller, from Shelf Awareness:

As World War II draws to a close, two Bostonian cousins are parting ways: Nick marries her longtime love and war hero Hughes, while Helena marries Avery, an aspiring filmmaker in Hollywood. Yet the women remain bound together by shared memories of the family cottage in Martha's Vineyard where they spent childhood summers. As their lives begin to unravel, the Tiger House comes to represent their only place of refuge--until a brutal murder illustrates just how fragile that refuge truly is.  (Read more)

2012 Christy Awards announced Print Email

Christy Award logoThe 13th annual Christy Awards were announced last night at the organization's annual dinner, which was emceed by author Liz Curtis Higgs. The Christy Awards were first awarded in 2000, and each year since have honored excellent Christian fiction in a variety of categories.  This year's winners are:

Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig (Contemporary Romance)
The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould (Contemporary Series)
Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock (Contemporary Standalone)
Words by Ginny Yttrup (First Novel)
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin (Historical)
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (Historical Romance)
The Queen by Steven James (Suspense)
Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Visionary)
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (Young Adult)

Top 10 So Far from Amazon Print Email

Jacket covers of Fiction, nonfiction, even a teen title in the Amazon Books editors’ picks for the Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far.  Your next read could be a click away! 

1) Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo: A Pulitzer-winning author writes the true story of struggle and hope in a Mumbai slum.

2) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn : Plot twists and revelations make this a psychological thriller of the highest order.

3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green : Two kids with cancer deal with the big subjects—life, love, and death—in this perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion. (click to see all ...)

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