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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2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Print Email

Jacket covers of the two award winning books

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The prize celebrates books that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view.  This year's winners are The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (fiction) and Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon (nonfiction).  Runners-up were Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain for fiction and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King for nonfiction.  In addition, Wendell Berry was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing his works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that explore “how humans can live more harmoniously with both the land and each other.”  Interested?  Check out the 2013 titles in the library catalog (linked above), last year's blog entry, the 2013 finalists list, and past award winners.

Anne Rice's Wintry Wolf Tale Print Email

Jacket cover of Anne Rice's Anne Rice, who celebrates her 72nd birthday today (October 4th), returns this month with the second installment in the Wolf Gift Chronicles, The Wolves of Midwinter. Readers catch up with new werewolf Reuben Golding and his family of shapeshifters, a unique and cultured group dedicated to using their "wolf gift" to protect innocent humans rather than maul them. Set on the appropriately gray and moody coast of northern California, Rice's new novel is not the typical fantasy-adventure--instead the story hinges on family drama and the ever-complicated nature of romantic entanglements. The first book in this series, The Wolf Gift, was a bestseller, and readers are expected to flock once again to the latest offering from Rice, still the leader of the pack in supernatural fiction.

A Riveting Survival Story Print Email

Jacket cover showing a picture of Captain Phillips leaning on the rail of a boat with open water behind himA film adaptation of Captain Richard Phillips' harrowing survival story is coming to theaters October 11th.  A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, published in 2010, tells Phillips' true story of setting out on a cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, and being kidnapped and held for ransom by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  Phillips' story is heart-pounding as he takes the readers through every detail of his ordeal, from the moment the pirates board his ship through the final, breathless U.S. Navy SEAL hostage rescue.  Check out a copy of the captain's first hand account before you head to the theater to see Captain Phillips, the film version starring Tom Hanks.

News from Whatcom READS! and WRITES! Print Email

Copy of the Whatcom READS Facebook masthead showing logo and a picture of CherylCheryl Strayed, author of Wild which is the Whatcom READS! selection for 2014, celebrated her birthday recently and tweeted about hanging out with Reese Witherspoon who is cast to play Cheryl in the film adaptation of Wild.  Whatcom READS! now has a Facebook page - like us! and stay in-the-know about all things Wild that are happening this fall and in early 2014.  And Whatcom WRITES! invites writers to submit your poem, fiction or nonfiction (800-word limit) on the subject JOURNEYS by November 15, 2013.  Visit for complete submission information.

Annual Banned Book Week Print Email

Banned Books Week ad showing text with many words blacked out, the remaining words read

Banned Books Week is being celebrated this week (September 22-28) to raise awareness of the most challenged books of the past year. This annual event was created to support the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Classic titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby have been on previous banned titles lists. This years list includes 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.  To learn more, visit the American Library Association website or click HERE for a list of books banned between May 2012 and May 2013.

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