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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Lessons in Love Print Email

Book cover of Saving Simon, with gray donkey standing against backdrop of farm

Rescue dogs, yep. Rescue cats, sure. But a rescue donkey? That's probably a new one to most people. It's all taken in stride, though, for Jon Katz, whose new book Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion, chronicles the story of finding an overlooked donkey and restoring him to health. Katz is best known for his books about dogs; with Simon, Katz took on a new challenge and learned some unexpected lessons about humanity, empathy and love. Of Simon, Katz writes, "I knew I had to bring him back, heal him, to reaffirm the better parts of being human. . . . Simon is a teacher sent to me in the form of a donkey." Check out our list for Saving Simon and more books about animals, humans, and the many ways they rescue one another.

 
Congratulations Malala! Print Email

Book cover of I Am Malala, with headshot of Malala wearing pink headscarf

Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai, the recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize! Together with activist Kailash Satyarthi, Malala received the award due to her fight for the rights of children worldwide. Her story, as told in her memoir I Am Malala, is incredible. When the Taliban began restricting education for girls in Pakistan's Swat Valley, Malala spoke out, first anonymously and then publicly. In 2012, Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman for her activism. She has since made a full recovery, and her activism inspired a movement to educate all Pakistani children -- a truly inspiring story that is changing lives worldwide. For more about Malala's life, and that of other Nobel Peace Prize Winners, check out our curated list of resources.

 
Ghost Stories for Grown-ups Print Email

Book cover for A Sudden Light by Garth Stein - blue background with vines surrounding small boy

A creak on the stair, a flickering candle, voices in the distance - signs that your house is haunted? Or maybe just that you've read one of the books on our list of Grown-up Ghost Stories. We've combed our catalog for picks perfect for readers who love that shivery feeling you get when reading about realms unknown. Check out new titles like A Sudden Light by Northwest author Garth Stein, set around a crumbling mansion on the Puget Sound. Or reread a classic like The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (guaranteed to make you check the locks at bedtime!). Hauntings abound in these books -- just don't say we didn't warn you!

 
Fall's Big Books - Literary Fiction Print Email

Book covers for Some Luck; Lila; The Book of Strange New Things; and Us

October promises to be a big month for literary fiction, with hotly anticipated new novels hitting the shelves. Lovers of historical sagas can't wait to get their hands on Jane Smiley's Some Luck, the first in a trilogy focusing on a rural family over the course of 100 years. Marilynne Robinson returns to Gilead, Iowa with Lila, the story of a young woman and the struggle to trust (and love). Us by David Nicholls, author of One Day, promises to be a witty and thought-provoking consideration of life and relationships. And if you like speculative fiction, you may be drawn to The Book of Strange New Things, a "genre-defying" novel by Michel Faber (known for The Crimson Petal and the White). With so much fantastic fiction this season, you'd better pick out your reading spot in advance!

 
Devilish Decor for Halloween Print Email

Book cover for Extreme Pumpkins - large pumpkin grimacing with smaller carved pumpkin in its mouth

Shorter days, cooling temps, falling leaves. It can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner! Maybe this year you're thinking beyond window clings and fun-size Snickers for your Halloween party. If so, your library has all the inspiration you need for a frightfully good time. Whether you want to produce a few thrills or to scare the beejeebers out of your guests, we've got plenty of idea guides haunting our shelves. (Pictured here is Tom Nardone's Extreme Pumpkins, based on his popular website -- these are truly not your mama's pumpkins.) So break out those hot glue guns and carving tools and get ready to scare up some holiday fun for your friends and family!

 
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