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 - Point Roberts Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. Whatcom County weather is beautiful in July - the perfect time for a trip up north to Point Roberts Library!

Collage of staff images from Point Roberts Library

A hub for year-round residents and summer visitors alike, the Point Roberts Library is small but mighty, offering patrons access to the full complement of titles WCLS has to offer. The staff at Point Roberts delight in getting to know their patrons one-on-one and recommending materials that will suit their tastes. In fact, the library is so popular that it's just about outgrown its current space, and the library Friends are working hard to raise funds for a new library. No doubt that space will be as warm and welcoming as the current location, and as full of readers - as reflected in these terrific selections from Point Roberts staff.

Everyday Heroes Print Email

Cover image for Smokejumper by Jason Ramos, showing billowing smoke from forest wildfire

The summer of 2015 is already one for the history books in the Pacific Northwest. Record high temperatures and dry conditions have sparked wildfires in many areas of our region, including several in Whatcom County and nearby British Columbia. First on everyone's mind is safety, especially that of the brave individuals who fight these fires under extreme conditions. The new book Smokejumper takes readers inside the world of Jason Ramos, an airborne firefighter based in the North Cascades region. Ramos, a 25-year veteran firefighter, details the history of smokejumping and reveals what it's like to jump into the heart of a fire-threatened area, often all on his own. Check out Smokejumper to better understand the courage and commitment of those for whom heroism is an everyday event.

Digital Comics Now Available! Print Email

Image of Wonder Woman against yellow background with hoopla logo

Have you tried hoopla yet? This service provides music, movies, audiobooks, tv shows and ebooks that you can stream or download to your device. WCLS cardholders are enjoying checking out the wide variety of content that's available through this service. And new to the hoopla platform are digital comics! Get your panels fix with popular titles like Lumberjanes, Justice League, Wonder WomanSandman, Peanuts, Doctor Who and Adventure Time, plus a whole lot more. All titles are available with no waiting and are free with your library card. Check out the full selection of comics titles available on hoopla today - sign up and be reading your favorite titles in no time!

Backlist Alert: 3 GLBT Teen Books for Adults Print Email

Collage of book covers: Every Day by David Levithan; Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour; I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The American Library Association has designated June as GLBT Month, and though the month is almost up, there's still time to share great picks with GLBT themes. Though these titles are found in our Teen section, all feature plots and characters that adult readers will also find engrossing. That's definitely true for Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun, the story of twin artists Noah and Jude, whose relationship is torn apart in tragic circumstances and who gradually find a way to heal. For an intriguing exploration of identity and gender, try David Levithan's Every Day, the story of A, who wakes up each day in a new body, living an entirely different life. And if a bit of romance set against a backdrop of the film industry piques your interest, check out Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, which follows Emi and her quest to uncover the mysterious past of a legendary star. Read these on your own, or with your book club - either way, you'll be glad you did.

Survival of the Fittest Print Email

Cover art for The Martian by Andy Weir

The first trailer for the film version of Andy Weir's The Martian is out, and it's got fans excited to see Matt Damon heading up an all-star cast. The novel about astronaut Mark Watney's fight to survive when he becomes stranded on the Red Planet is attracting readers who never thought they'd enjoy reading hard scifi. It's a compellingly written story of resourcefulness and determination amid unthinkable circumstances, and makes a great book club selection (trust me, there's plenty to talk about here). You've still got time to experience The Martian before the movie's October 2015 release -- and if you've already read the book, check out our read-alikes. These titles feature the same out-of-this-world setting and edge-of-your-seat suspense that made The Martian one of my favorite recent reads.

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