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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Mantel Wins the Booker - Twice! Print Email

Jacket cover of Hilary Mantel's Several "firsts" are represented by the recent announcement that Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  She is the first person to win for a direct sequel - Bring Up the Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall - and if Wolf Hall sounds familiar that may be because it won the Booker in 2009.  Mantel is both the first woman and the first British author to win the award twice.  There have only been three double-win authors in the history of the award - she joins authors Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee in this honor.  Selected from a shortlist of six and a longlist of 145 titles, Bring Up the Bodies delves into Tudor history, exploring the downfall of Anne Boleyn.  This is book two of an intended trilogy - can she score a triple Booker when the third is published???

Odd Documentaries Print Email

There have been some great documentaries shown at the Pickford Film Center so far during Doctober, the month-long celebration of the genre that continues through October 31st, bringing the best theatrical releases to Bellingham big screen.  In honor of the genre, here are a few film favorites loosely linked by being stories that make you laugh in amazement at just how weird and varied people are in their passions.  Enjoy!  Click on images to be linked to the library catalog.  Film lovers can also subscribe to our NEW DVDs e-newsletter to have film suggestions sent to your inbox each month!

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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.

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