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 Whatcom Was Reading, 2014 Print Email

I'll admit it - I'm one of those people who loves to know what others are reading. I've been known to sneak a peek at friends' bookshelves or to try to decipher a cover from across a crowded airport (much easier to do both before the spread of ebooks!). If you suffer from the same affliction, we're making it a little easier for you, by sharing the top 10 books most checked out by Whatcom readers in 2014. No, we can't tell you who read what, but based on the popularity of these titles, I'll bet you know someone who did crack a few of these covers last year. Check out the full list in our catalog - just click to place holds and see if your favorite read made the cut! (image credit: Wikipedia)

Fiction's Grumpy Old Men Print Email

Book cover for A Man Called Ove, featuring a man & small cat with their backs to the viewer

One thing I love about fiction is the way it can sneak up on you, teaching you greater truths when you least expect it. That was my experience reading Fredrik Backman's debut novel A Man Called Ove. This is an absolutely marvelous character study, the gradual revelation of a man. Ove seems crusty and grumpy on the outside -- okay, on the inside too -- but the way Backman slowly reveals his story, we get to know him as so much more. There were many laugh-out-loud moments for me, particularly as Ove encounters more and more of the world around him, despite his best efforts. Ultimately a tender and hilarious story with lots to say about relationships, connections and the way life really goes. For more character-driven books, check out our list of fiction's grumpy old men - and don't miss A Man Called Ove!

Read the Oscars - 2015 Nominees Print Email

Logo for the Oscars, gold lettering on white background with Oscar statuette

It's a banner year for books at the Oscars! Several nominees for the Academy's top awards this year, as announced earlier this week, are films based on books. The subjects cover the gamut -- nonfiction lovers might check out Foxcatcher, a true-crime tale of competition, money and murder. Another nonfiction favorite is Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking, her story of life with physicist Stephen Hawking (the film version is The Theory of Everything). Fiction readers may enjoy Still Alice, a novel that explores one woman's experience with early-onset Alzheimer's. And a great choice for the young (or young at heart) is Here Be Monsters!, a tale of "skulduggery" and magic that was the basis for the acclaimed film The BoxtrollsRead your way through the Oscar-nominee list, then catch the films to see how they stack up. (photo credit:
PNBA Book Awards 2015 Print Email

Logo of Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association - tribal artwork Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards, announced last week. Representatives of independent bookstores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia chose the winning titles from more than 250 entries. To qualify, books must be written or illustrated by an author residing in the Pacific Northwest, and be published within the past calendar year. This year's crop of winners once again demonstrates the diverse talents of authors in our region and includes some perennial Northwest favorites! Click through to see the list of 2015 winners and place your holds for these can't miss-reads.


A Year of Staff Picks - Everson Library Print Email

Libraries are chock-full of good stuff -- and who better to recommend that stuff than the folks who work with it every day? To that end, we're kicking off a yearlong series featuring recommended titles from WCLS staffers. Each month we'll spotlight one of our branch libraries, showcasing a variety of items that caught the attention of team members there. Kicking things off is our Everson branch!


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Home to the Nooksack Valley Heritage Center, Everson Library is a discovery point for area researchers and historians. Not only do the staff at Everson help patrons dig into the past, they also dig into the collection for some gems to recommend and feature. Their list of staff picks is as diverse as they are. From mystery novels to documentaries to children's books and beyond, the Everson crew has great things to share (even their unofficial canine mascot Chumley got into the fun). Next time you're in Everson, stop by and say hi to Library Manager Eileen Shaw and her hard-working staff -- they might just introduce you to some terrific new reads!

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