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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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.

 
SciFi Summer Reading Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the books listed in this articleSummer is a good time to take time to expand your reading horizons and try something new - in fact, one of the extra challenges in the Adult Summer Reading program this year suggests reading about a place you've never been - and the other-world-building of the science fiction genre fits this perfectly!  If SF isn't usually your cup of tea, here are some titles that are likely to be liked even by those who don't like scifi!  (Fans of the genre can visit the science fiction/fantasy page on our website or subscribe to the scifi newsletter for more summer reading suggestions.)  Use the email Lisa link in the upper right corner of this page if you have other titles to suggest for this list.  Happy travels!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Dune by Frank Herbert

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

 
Orange Prize for Fiction Winner Announced Print Email

Jacket cover from Madeline Miller's American author Madeline Miller has won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Song of Achilles, which will transport you to Greece during the age of heroes, where young princes Patroclus and Achilles go to the rescue of kidnapped Helen of Sparta. Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, this page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career. 2012 marks the seventeenth year of the Orange Prize, which celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

 
Craig Johnson - Books into TV Print Email

Jacket cover of Craig Johnson's You might want to check out one of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries before the A&E television series premieres June 3rd, starring Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, Katee Sackhoff as Vic Moretti and Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear.  In his latest Longmire mystery, when the site of his daughter's upcoming wedding burns down, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend, Henry Standing Bear, witness the falling death of a young Crow woman and are recruited into an investigation that incites the wrath of the bride-to-be.  ShelfAwareness recently interviewed Johnson about the upcoming television series.  While praising the cast in the interview, Johnson says, "It's kind of nice to have a cast that reads, because they all ran out and bought all the books."  YAY for reading!

 
Something for Everyone Print Email

Jacket covers from three titles on the L.A. Times book award listThere's something for every type of reader among these winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which were announced recently to launch the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Biography: Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell
Current interest: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Fiction: Luminarium by Alex Shakar
First fiction: Shards by Ismet Prcic
Graphic novel: Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil
History: Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White
Mystery/thriller: 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
Science and technology: Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
Young adult literature: The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

 
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