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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A Year of Staff Picks - North Fork Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. Fall's on its way, and the leaves will soon be turning color - a great time to visit North Fork Library!

Image of North Fork Library staff plus exterior photo of North Fork Library building

Located in the foothills of Mount Baker and serving the communities of Kendall and Maple Falls, the North Fork Library has a truly spectacular backdrop. Stepping into the building, visitors are welcomed into a warm, inviting space that's also fairly new, having opened in February 2011 after an extensive fundraising campaign by the Friends of the North Fork Community Library. Here you're likely to find patrons checking out themed displays, exploring the colorful children's area or taking advantage of the Book-A-Librarian service, where you can meet one-on-one with library staff. New to the North Fork staff in 2015 is Manager David Austin, and he's been a great addition to a staff who already loves to help their community. Check out the full Staff Picks list in our catalog to see what North Fork staff are recommending now!

A Saga Ends Print Email

Image of fantasy author Terry Pratchett

Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett passed away in March of this year, leaving fans to wonder what would become of his popular Discworld series. Soon after his passing, publishers announced the publication of The Shepherd's Crown, which released this past week. And fans will be interested to know that this will be the final Discworld novel, according to the author's daughter. Tweeting in response to an inquiry about more Discworld to come, Rhianna Pratchett replied, "No I don't intend on writing more Discworld novels, or giving anyone else permission to do so. They are sacred to dad." Though she later added that adaptations and tie-ins are possible, at this point it appears that the original Discworld series will stand, and that The Shepherd's Crown will conclude the series. Catch up with the body of Discworld work to celebrate the life and legacy of Terry Pratchett, fantasy legend. (photo credit: Goodreads)

Modern Retellings Print Email

Cover image for Ana of California by Andi Teran

Picture the characters from your favorite classic novels, brought into the context of modern life and times. Sound intriguing? Then the work of these debut authors might be your next must-read, as both have mined timeless tales to provide inspiration for their own stories of today. Author Andi Teran's love for Anne of Green Gables inspired her to write Ana of California, a coming-of-age novel that's a decidedly modern update. Readers follow Ana Cortez, Cover image for Re Jane by Patricia Parka fiercely independent teen bounced in and out of foster care who must leave behind city life in East L.A. for a farm trainee program in Northern California, where Ana must prove herself in order to stay. In Patricia Park's Re Jane, Korean American Jane Re finds herself caught in a clash of both culture and identity, between her roots in Seoul and life (and love) as a Brooklyn au pair. Lovers of Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre will find much to appreciate in this fresh retelling, but it's not necessary to be a Bronte devotee to enjoy the storytelling just as much. The fun of reading these new takes is trying to see the twists in stories we all know so well!

Extreme Adventure Print Email

Cover image for Buried in the Sky by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan

Everest, the new movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley, drops into theatres in a few weeks, and it's already generating interest in books about the extreme adventure of climbing Earth's most remote mountains. The allure of besting forbidding slopes the world over has been captured on the page by a number of authors. Try a personal account such as Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, the story of his own harrowing near-death encounter climbing in the Andes. Read Buried in the Sky, the untold account of Sherpa guides who survived the 2008 mountaineering tragedy on K2, against all odds. Or relive extreme adventures closer to home with Andy Hall's Denali's Howl, the desperate tale of climbers trying to hang on during a "super blizzard" on Alaska's highest peak. Check out our list of mountaineering epics, for a dose of adventure right in the comfort of your own home.

Most Anticipated Print Email

Cover image of The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner, and so are the big fall book releases. Avid readers know that fall's the time when publishers bring out some of their most sought-after titles, and the buzz for this year's crop of boooks has already begun to build. While the field tends to be crowded, online magazine The Millions culled through the contenders to produce their list of Most Anticipated Books for late 2015. September's selections include Purity, the new novel by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen; The Heart Goes Last, another near-future read Cover image for City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallbergfrom master writer Margaret Atwood; and This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Pacific Northwest favorite Jonathan Evison. In October, look for M Train by Patti Smith (the follow-up to her memoir Just Kids); The Secret Chord, a novel centering on biblical hero King David by award-winner Geraldine Brooks; and City on Fire, a huge (and hugely anticipated) exploration of 1970s New York by author Garth Risk Hallberg. Can't wait to read these and other big fall books? Place your holds now and you'll be ready when these titles release over the next few months. 

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