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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Backlist Alert: 5 Titles to Read Now Print Email

This is the time of year when publishers get excited about their upcoming releases, known in the book business as frontlist. But readers like us know that those new releases are even more exciting when you've read the books that come before them - the backlist! This week I'm bringing you a hot list of 5 Backlist Titles to check out right now:

Covers of Natchez Burning by Greg Iles; Life after Life by Kate Atkinson; Me Before You by Jojo Moyes; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

1. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles - Iles' new novel, The Bone Tree, continues his multi-generational saga of secrets and lies set in the deep South. These sprawling books (over 800 pages each!) are big in every sense of the word.

2. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - This stunning novel throws out the notion that reality is a fixed constant, as a woman experiences her life over and over in different ways. Read this first, then take on the companion novel, A God in Ruins, out next week.

3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - The author's breakout book delves into the world of virtual reality and one player's race to solve the ultimate puzzle. Packed with pop culture references, this novel will whet your appetite for Cline's Armada, due out in July.

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Haven't yet been pulled into this saga of corruption, intrigue and hacker tactics? Now's the time, as a new book in the series, The Girl in the Spider's Web, by author David Lagercrantz, comes out this fall.

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - A favorite of book clubs, this novel of two damaged people falling in love doesn't shy away from hard truths. Pick up this one and get ready for a sequel, tentatively titled After You, later this year.

Reading Group Picks 2014 Print Email

Collage of book covers from A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout; Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson; Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Choosing a title to read with a group isn't always easy. You want a title that offers lots of possibility for discussion, that will keep readers turning pages, and not a story that everyone feels they've read before. Yet it can feel risky to try something new, so groups could end up relying on old favorites which tend to become stale. Fortunately WCLS comes to the rescue, with our Reading Group Picks lists: collections of titles carefully curated to spark lively discussion and compelling reading experiences. Our newest list contains titles published in the past year that may not yet have caught your eye, and we've added multiple copies to make it easy for group members to request. Check out the full list in our catalog - here's to more great group reads in 2015!
Pulitzer Prize 2015 Print Email

Pulitzer Prize medal logo

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were named yesterday, the 99th year that the prizes have been awarded. Idaho author Anthony Doerr took home the fiction award for his WWII era novel All the Light We Cannot See, a book more than 10 years in the making. In nonfiction, Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: A Natural History was the winner; like Doerr's book, Kolbert's has been a rich choice for book group discussion. The biography prize went to The Pope and Mussolini by David Kertzer, a portrait of two men that analyzes the rise of fascism in Europe. And the big winner for the history section was Elizabeth Fenn, with her book Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, which the judges called "an engrossing, original narrative". Add the prize-winning titles to your TBR list and see if you agree with the judges' distinction of these books as the best of the best.

Farewell, Ivan Doig Print Email

Photo of Ivan Doig, author

Iconic Northwest author Ivan Doig passed away last week at the age of 75, at his home in Seattle. Doig was a chronicler of the West in a way no other could quite match; his fiction and nonfiction alike captured the unique spirit and sensibility of our region and its people. Asked why he chose to become a writer, The New York Times quotes Doig as saying: "A lifetime of reasons, but here’s one: For the love of language and that daily tryst of the pair of us, it and me, creating something that did not exist before." Through his many books, Doig succeeded admirably in his goal - he leaves behind a literary legacy that readers will cherish for years to come. Honor Ivan Doig's life through his books, available at your library. (photo credit: Carol Doig)

A Year of Staff Picks - Deming Library Print Email

In 2015 we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. With spring in the air, we're headed to Deming Library for our April list!

Collage of photos of Deming branch staff members and picture of the branch building

Deming is a true community library, a hub of activity with staff whose interests span the collection. One of the most exciting things about this branch is the Deming Library Learning Garden, a space that features native plants and is tended by volunteers. The Bookworm Gardening Club for kids meets twice monthly in the spring and summer and joins a roster of popular programs including storytimes, author events, and the Good Yarns group for knitters and crocheters. The multi-talented Deming staff stay on their toes finding the best materials to recommend to their patrons. Check out this bustling branch soon, and enjoy these staff favorites hand-picked for you by the Deming pros!

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