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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Love for the Holidays Print Email

Long, dark days and crazy schedules mean we all need a little comfort and joy this time of year. For many, romance is the literary equivalent of a warm blanket - something to cozy up with when you need a little time out. If that's you, then you're in luck with this list of holiday romances, brand-new at your library.

Collage with covers from Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes and The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods

Northwest author Debbie Macomber continues her tradition of light romances with Mr. Miracle, a story of holiday love with just a dash of divine intervention. Visit the Scottish Highlands with Grace Burrowes' What a Lady Needs for Christmas, a blend of history that's got plenty of passion to keep you turning pages. And nothing says romance like a Christmas wedding, which is at the center of Sherryl Woods' novel of family and forgiveness, The Christmas Bouquet. Take some time for yourself this season and escape into a holiday romance!

 
Favorite of Favorites Print Email

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'Tis the season when all thoughts turn to best-of lists. Pretty much every media outlet around has published their take on the top reads of the past year (if you want to cut to the chase, the staff at EarlyWord has employed a super-secret Cover of The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, showing read bookshop door with books displayed in windowformula to the best-ofs, using this to calculate what they believe is the best book of the year - Redeployment by Phil Klay). One list that I enjoy checking out every month is Library Reads. This year the Library Reads team has done their own best-of list, which they're calling Favorite of Favorites. This compilation of stellar reads of the past 12 months was voted on by librarians around the country. It's a fantastic list, topped by The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrya warm, funny, feel-good novel that's one of my personal faves. Check out the full list in our catalog - there's something here for everyone!

 
Farewell, P.D. James Print Email

P.D. James, often called "the Queen of Crime", passed away November 27 at the age of 94. James was best known for her mysteries featuring detective Adam Dalgliesh of the Scotland Yard and private investigator Cordelia Gray. The series, which began with 1962's Cover Her Face, was also adapted for television, as was James's most recent novel Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder mystery spun off from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Though she was a writer for most of her life, James's first book wasn't published until she was 42; she described hearing of her novel's acceptance as "certainly one of the great moments of my life. . . I remember dancing for joy." Learn more about P.D. James through her books, available at your library.

 
Fall's Big Books - Celebrity Bios Print Email

Book covers for biographies of George W. Bush, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris & Jennifer LopezCelebrity books are a staple of the fall publishing season, and this year is no exception, with lots of buzzworthy new titles on library shelves now. SNL alum Amy Poehler's Yes Please incorporates memoir with lists, random thoughts and other pieces (haikus!), for a book that is as quirky as Poehler herself, and just as popular. Also atypical is Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. The actor borrows the format of an iconic children's series to tell his life story in a truly unique fashion. Fans of Jennifer Lopez have been eagerly awaiting her book True Love, in which the entertainer reflects on a two-year period in her life, describing the lessons she learned throughout those challenging days. And 41: A Portrait of My Father examines the life of President George H.W. Bush through a perspective unlike any other: that of his son, President George W. Bush. Check out one of these hot titles to walk a mile in some very famous shoes!

 
National Book Awards 2014 Print Email

Congratulations to the 2014 National Book Award Winners, announced at last night's ceremony:

Book covers for the 2014 National Book Award Winners

Fiction -- Redeployment by Phil Klay

Nonfiction -- Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth & Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

Poetry -- Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

Young People's Literature -- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Ursula Le Guin was also honored at the ceremony, as the 2014 Medalist for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In her acceptance speech, Le Guin spoke passionately about art and its relationship to the commercial sphere. "The name of our beautiful reward is not profit," Le Guin said. "Its name is freedom."

Check our catalog for the list of 2014 winners and finalists - just click to place your hold.

 
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