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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Hot Picks = Great Reads Print Email

Photo of Hot Picks display in Ferndale Library

As a lifelong reader, there are few things I love more than finding a great book that I've never heard of before. Of course I have my go-to authors that always deliver, but it's also really wonderful to stumble across something that is entirely new to me. If that sounds like you, you'll want to check out our Hot Picks collection on your next library visit. Chosen for their engaging themes, intriguing characters, and high-interest plots, our Hot Picks collection encompasses rediscoveries and new favorites, both fiction and nonfiction. Maybe you'll find a debut author making their mark, a hidden gem in nonfiction, or a book you missed in hardcover. Each month new titles are hand-selected for the Hot Picks collection, ensuring that fresh reads rotate through our libraries regularly. Whether you need a good book to break out of a reading slump or just want something new to try, check out the Hot Picks display at your library - you're sure to find great reads each and every time!

Romance Through Time Print Email

Cover image for A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

With the TV series version of Outlander currently heating up screens, new fans are discovering Diana Gabaldon's popular series featuring Claire Randall, who travels through time to find love in 18th century Scotland. Already read all the adventures of Claire and Jamie? Try author Susanna Kearsley, whose time travel epics feature the same blend of history, suspense and romance that makes Outlander so compelling. Kearsley's newest book, A Desperate Fortune, twists the two-time period concept by alternating threads from a present-day researcher delving into the life of a Jacobean woman from the 1730s. Check out more of Kearsley's work and other time-jump romances with our list of Outlander read alikes, available at your library!

Lisbeth Salander Lives On Print Email

Cover image for The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Now that Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has been released, attention is turning to another posthumous publication due out this fall: The Girl in the Spider's Web, the continuation of author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Like Lee's novel, Spider's Web is swirling in controversy. The new book, featuring the return of Lisbeth Salander, was written by Swedish author & ghostwriter David Lagercrantz. Though it's not uncommon for a series to continue after an author's death, this is a completely new work, not based on any manuscripts Larsson had in progress. The entire project is being kept tightly under wraps; not even publishing insiders are getting to peek at the book prepublication. Curious? Place your hold now and in September you can judge for yourself whether Spider's Web is a hit or a miss.

Under the Radar: Short Fiction Print Email

Picture of antique typewriter

Say the words "short stories" and many people flash back to their high school English classes. Story collections don't always get the attention of novels and so can be an under-the-radar read for many. But short fiction can be just the thing when you travel or if you need a palate cleanser between longer works. It's been an especially rich year for short story collections, making this a great time to try the form if you haven't already. From stories about the unusual and fantastic (Kelly Link's Get in Trouble) to those centering on search for home (Mia Alvar's In the Country), to those steeped in a sense of place (Nickolas Butler's Beneath the Bonfire), the topics are diverse, the characters engaging and the plots rich. Take a peek at our list of recent story collections if you'd to broaden your reading experience to include short fiction - it's a great way to try something new!

Farm-Fresh Cooking Print Email

Cover of CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly

Whether your garden is producing a bounty of zucchini, or your CSA box is offering up some unfamiliar goodies, it may be time for a little help with all the summer harvest veggies. Author and gardening blogger Linda Ly comes to your rescue with The CSA Cookbook. This beautiful new book features recipes that go beyond the traditional to help home cooks get creative with produce. I always love a cookbook with gorgeous photos, and this one delivers nicely. And the food is far from run-of-the-mill, with everything from Savory Sweet Potato Hummus to Roasted Cherry Tomato Relish (yum!). Hungry yet? Place your hold on The CSA Cookbook and check out our featured list of farm-fresh cookbooks if you're ready to up your veggie game.

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