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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"What If" - Alternate History Reads Print Email

Cover images for Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear; A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab; and Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

Speculative fiction as a genre loves to ask the question, "what if?", and this is especially true in the alternate history subgenre. Taking real events or time periods and spinning them into imaginative scenarios, alt-history books dare readers to think about the past in an entirely different way. Give this intriguing genre a try with A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, which envisions parallel universes containing different versions of London and one dangerous threat to all the worlds. Or visit a steampunk Seattle in Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory, where a young bordello worker finds herself fighting for her very survival. And how would our world be changed if the Black Death had claimed 99% of the population? That's the puzzle at the center of Kim Stanley Robinson's sprawling spec-fic epic Years of Rice and Salt. Find these and other alt-history page turners at your library now!

Like a Runaway Train Print Email

Cover art for The Girl on the Train (blurred image)

Whether or not you agree that The Girl on the Train is this year's Gone Girl (they are very different books, in my opinion), there's no denying that it's a runaway hit. Debut author Paula Hawkins' novel has now sold over a million copies, and the hype just keeps building. Film rights have already been optioned as well. This twisty tale of fixation and secret lives may feel familiar to Hitchcock fans, but it's a fresh new take that readers find themselves staying up for (even Reese Witherspoon tweeted her obsession). Haven't read it yet? Place your hold in our catalog, and check out our list of The Girl on the Train read-alikes to keep you turning pages in the meantime!

A Year of Staff Picks - Ferndale Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. March is here and we're sharing picks from the Ferndale Library staff!

Graphic of Ferndale Library building and staff members contributing to staff picks

If you haven't visited the Ferndale Library in a while, you're in for a big surprise. The library's new building opened in Fall 2014 after lots of hard work on the part of the Friends of the Ferndale Library and library staff. Ferndale residents love their library, and it shows; this large branch is open seven days a week (even Sunday!), and often quite busy. With all those materials to handle, you might think it would be hard for the Ferndale staff to pick favorites. . . but you'd be wrong, because they're experts at sorting out the best of the best. Check out this curated list of Ferndale staff favorites, and stop in to see what they're recommending today!

Our Criminal Past Print Email

Photo of author T. A. Warger, wearing hat and leaning on old gravestoneThink you know Whatcom County? You might be surprised at what one author has uncovered about the history of our area. Delve into the criminal past of Whatcom residents with T.A. Warger's Murder in the Fourth Corner: True Stories of Whatcom County's Earliest Homicides. The local author's true crime take on Bellingham and environs centers around crimes occurring in the early twentieth century, and includes cases solved and unsolved. Readers will recognize many of the locations Warger describes -- who knows, you may even discover that you're familiar with a murder house!

And don't miss the opportunity to hear Warger speak in person: the author has upcoming appearances at North Fork, Ferndale, Everson and Blaine Libraries - check our Explorations brochure for dates and times.

Whatcom READS! 2016 Print Email

Image of author Ruth Ozeki with the cover for her book A Tale for the Time Being

What a week it's been! Whatcom READS! events featuring author Daniel James Brown drew huge crowds, all eager to hear even more about the fascinating true story of The Boys in the Boat. The highlight of the week was Brown's keynote appearance at Mt Baker Theatre, and that's also when the 2016 Whatcom Reads title was announced. Next year we'll be welcoming author Ruth Ozeki, for her novel A Tale for the Time Being. This title marks a return to fiction for Whatcom READS!, and it's sure to be a compelling choice for reading groups. Of the novel, Deming staffer Erin says, "it is a very worthwhile read crammed with fascinating topics from Fukushima to permaculture to kamikazes, and also a tinge of magical realism and enticing characters that make for an intriguing experience." Can't wait to get started? Reserve your copy now!

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