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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Honoring Native American Heritage Print Email

November is National Native American Heritage Month.  Check out Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, a collection with 15 of this National Book Award winner's best-known short pieces and 15 recent ones.  Alexie candidly outlines daily life on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest while also grappling with issues of racism, infidelity and various messy conflicts that arise in everyday lives.  Alexie covers some serious ground in this collection, but his signature provocative humor is laced throughout, making this a great showcase of Alexie at his best and, at times, most surprising.  You might also want to browse this listing of Native authors by name, book title and tribe.

Curl up and Scare Yourself Print Email

Jacket covers from three books on this list - Dracula, It, and Heart-shaped Box

In honor of Halloween, Flavorwire recently posted a list of the "scariest books of all time." Whether you agree or not with their choices, autumn is definitely a good time of year to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers. The list ranges widely - from true classics by Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe, to classics of the horror genre by H.P. Lovecraft and Robert R. McCammon, to contemporary authors writing scary stuff.  Happy Haunting!  (View titles in the library catalog.)  If you find titles on the full Flavorwire list not available at the library, fill out a Beyond the Catalog request and we'll try to find them for you!

Bookmarks Votes Best Books Print Email

Jacket images from three books on this list - Boys in the Boat, Wool, and The Interestings

It begins!  That time of year when "best books from the past year" lists start proliferating.  Bookmarks magazine's recently published November/December issue includes their list for "best of 2013" - check out the list in the library catalog and see what you might have missed!  They've included titles representing literary fiction, crime fiction, science fiction/fantasy, young adult, general nonfiction, biography, history and science, so there is something to delight every type of reader.  The library catalog list points to print formats, but just click on the author name to find out if the title is available in other formats.  Use the categories on the left to narrow the list; for example, audience for adult/teen, form/genre to find different types of fiction, or topic for different nonfiction subjects.  Happy fall reading!

A Book for Every State Print Email

Image of Washington State, cover of Twilight, and a question mark

Business Insider recently posted an interactive map of the most famous book from every U.S. state.  What do you think about their choice of Twilight for Washington?  Comments on the webpost made so far by Washingtonians range from embarrassed to proud.  To date, suggestions for other "famous" titles that would better represent our state are Snow Falling on Cedars, The Egg and I, The City at the End of Time, or something by Sherman Alexie.  What do you think is the most famous book set in Washington State?  Let us know on the Facebook page.

NBA Finalists Announced Print Email

Jacket covers from the five fiction NBA finalists

Those in the book world know that NBA means - not National Basketball Association - but the National Book Awards!  Finalists for 2013 were announced on Wednesday, whittling the longlist down to five contenders in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature).  Check out the finalists in the library catalog - still time to read before winners are announced on November 20th.  Louise Erdrich was last year's fiction winner for The Round House and Katherine Boo in nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  When you are at a loss for some new good reading, past award winners are great candidates!

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