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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Book Buzz
Best Romance of 2013 Print Email

Happy Valentine's Day!  Celebrate by curling up with a little romance and take the weekend off.  Here are the five romance titles published last year that Library Journal editors felt topped the list of heartthrobs, dashing charmers and the mystery of love.  (Click on book covers to be linked to the library catalog.)

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Paranormal Teen Novel Hits Theaters Print Email

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The first of Richelle Mead's edgy, bestselling teen series, Vampire Academy, hits theaters on February 14th.  Rose (played by Zoey Deutch), a half-human/half-vampire, is sworn to protect Lissa (Lucy Fry), a vampire princess.  The two best friends are sent to St. Vladimir's Academy--a posh boarding school where vampires learn the ways of magic.  Forbidden romance, ancient feuds and the more relatable trail of navigating high school have made this a crossover hit.  Pick up a copy before you see this fun paranormal romp on-screen.

 
Alex Awards 2014 Print Email

Jacket covers of three books on this list - Relish, Help for the Haunted, and Brewster

Written for adults, recommended for teens ... the Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens.  Of this year's list, the chair of the selection committee says, “The 2014 Alex Awards has a book for every teen reader. From dysfunctional families to alien-inhabited brains to a savory graphic memoir, this diverse list will not disappoint.”  The broad audience appeal of these titles is a clue that they are just plain good reads - check out one of this year's winners (listed below) or winners from previous years (such as The Glass Castle or The Night Circus).  Read with a teen!

 
Upcoming Movies Based on Books Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the books in this list - Divergent, The Hundred-foot Journey, and This is Where I Leave You

Buzzfeed recently published a list of 16 books to read before the movies they are based on hit theaters this year.  Wild by Cheryl Strayed is at the top of OUR list, as Cheryl will be visiting Whatcom County in February as our 2014 Whatcom READS! author.  Teen titles are well-represented by the likes of Vampire Academy, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars.  Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep star in the teen dystopian classic and Newbery Medal winner The Giver.  Author Gillian Flynn grabs two spots on the list with Gone Girl (starring Ben Affleck) and Dark Places, an earlier novel about a brutal family murder.  World War II is solidly in the public interest with the long-awaited film version of Unbroken (released in December), and The Monuments Men, a true story about a group of men who risked their lives to save pieces of art that the Nazis planned to destroy (stars the incredible grouping of George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray!).  Other titles being made into films are:

 
Living the Locavore Way Print Email

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Vicki Robin's new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is all about our relationship with food: how we think about it, how it's grown and produced and how our actions impact the food systems around us. Robin takes an inspiring look at "locavorism" and "relational eating"--movements to eat locally and sustainably and to understand where food comes from. Much of the book centers on Robin's experience in limiting herself to food sourced from within a 10-mile radius of her home (on Whidbey Island), and her story is honest and inspiring. Her "global manifesto" may be just the thing to urge us all to rethink and reshape our eating habits.

 
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