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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PNBA Awards Announced Print Email

Photos of six winning authors - Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison, Eowyn Ivey, Lucia Perillo, Cheryl Strayed, and G. Willow Wilson

The results are in!  Nine Northwest booksellers have volunteered a lot of their reading time over the past ten months to evaluate hundreds of titles, looking for the best-of-the-best in Northwest literature.  The award recognizes all types of literature, the only requirement being that the book was published during the previous calendar year and that the author and/or illustrator resides in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia).  Washington State did well this year, representing all but two of this year's winners: Seattle (Alexie & Wilson), Bainbridge Island (Evison), Palmer, Alaska (Ivey), Olympia (Perillo), and Portland (Strayed).  If you're looking for a good read, this list won't disappoint (includes 2013 winners and shortlist), or browse previous award winners, or the shortlists of worthy contenders (2010  2011  2012).

Catching Up on Reading Print Email

Image of Joan laughingHere is what library director Joan had to say when asked what books she looks forward to reading in retirement.  Thank you for guest blogging, Joan, and best wishes for good reading and new adventures - both on the page and off! 

Jacket cover from Jacket cover of Cheryl's Strayed's Confession. I have not had much time to read and depend on Book Buzz and Hot Picks for quick and great choices.  I’m eager to savor the three foot stack of titles collected over time next to my bed; and I want to explore and focus on the edge of our inner and outer worlds. Last night in Lynden, I checked out Another Way the River Has: taut true tales from the Pacific Northwest by Robin Cody.  I need to finish Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (which goes both ways) and anything on the big “why” questions.  I’ll be watching this blog for ideas!    

What Did the Librarians Like Best? Print Email

When asked about their favorite books of 2012, hundreds of librarians around the country tweeted their favs over twelve days.  Here is the list of the titles that received the most votes (400 titles mentioned in nearly 700 votes).  My favorites of 2012?

  • Louise Erdrich's The Round House - Big questions told through the accessible voice of a young boy struggling to understand circumstances that have fractured his family and community.
  • Lance Weller's Wilderness - Thought-provoking narrative about a Civil War veteran who takes refugee from his demons along the pristine and virtually unpeopled Pacific coast.
  • Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach - Set along the coast north of Vancouver Island, delicious writing, a story that gets under your skin and haunts you.
  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed - broke my heart, made me laugh, and reminded me how words used well have the power to touch as at our core.
  • Detroit City is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli - an evocative journey back to the city of my youth, once a template for the industrial city of the future, can Detroit show us a new path once again?
Anytime Library eBooks Print Email

WA Anytime Library logo - text in front of a blue sky with a few clouds and sloping green hill along the horizon

Started in 2008, the WA Anytime Library collection currently consists of 11,095 titles, 9,022 of them ebooks and 5,163 of them downloadable audiobooks.  In the month of December alone, 394 new ebooks and 117 new audiobooks were purchased.  If you have a new tablet or ereader, the WA Anytime Library can help you keep stocked with good reading material.  The FAQ/Help page will get you started or attend a help session at one of our libraries for hands-on assistance from knowledgeable staff.  On the library events calendar, limit event types to "technology events" to see only ereader help sessions.

"Best of" List for Foodies Print Email

Photo of a kitchen counter, a cookbook is open on a stand

EarlyWord, a newsletter for publishers and librarians, has pulled together a list of cookbooks published in 2012 that have been highly touted by editorial staff at, Amazon, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and the Washington Post.  For all you foodies at there, here is the list linked to the library catalog for easy requesting.  It includes quite a variety of cooking styles ... among them, foods of Burma, street food, foraging, preserving, cakes, tofu, paleo and vegan.  Bon Appétit!

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