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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RITA Awards Announced Print Email
Romance Writers of America logo - a drawing of an open book next to their name - gold print on a royal red backgroundThe RITA Award, presented by the Romance Writers of America (RWA), is the most prominent award given for the romance genre.  Named for the RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, it signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction.  This year's awards were announced recently at the organization's annual conference.  Visit the library catalog to see this year's winners!  Interestingly, until 2012, RITA Award nominees were limited to books in print.  This year’s event, however, provided a first - two RITAs were awarded to eBook titles.
 
PNBA Book Award Nominees Print Email

Jacket covers from five of the PNBA Book Award nominees that are owned by the library

Since 1965, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest (defined by the author and/or illustrator residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho or British Columbia).  A new committee made up of independent booksellers is formed each March and the winning books are picked by the committee in mid-October.  This year's list of nominees includes some of my favorite reads this year and several yet-to-be-published titles that I'm really excited to read - it will be hard to choose one winner from these! (See nominees in the library collection - full list of nominees - previous award winners)

 
Chefoirs Print Email

Jacket cover of the book Listen up, foodie fans - you may be familiar with the funky term "dogoir" that refers to the recent abundance of memoirs about people's relationships with their dogs.  So it's natural to coin a new term - chefoir - to reflect the popularity of memoirs about well-known chefs and what really goes on "on the line."  Yes, Chef, the memoir by Marcus Samuelsson, is only the most recent paean to food and family; Samuelsson's love of food was born early helping his adoptive Swedish grandmother cook family meals on weekends.  We've started a chefoir tag in the library catalog - help us add to the list by tagging your favorite food memoirs!

 
Olympic Fever Print Email

Jacket covers from Chris Cleave's Today's 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony begins two-plus weeks of Olympics excitement as most of us tune-in to the spectacle and drama via internet and TV.  After August 12th's closing ceremony, it'll be four years to wait before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, so if you really want to immerse yourself, check out one of these books or DVDs whose subject is the Olympic Games.  Gold by Chris Cleave (author of Little Bee) is perfectly timed and themed for the games in London; in it, cyclists Zoe and Kate are long-time friends and now, athletic rivals for Olympic gold, where each wants desperately to win and each has more than a medal to lose.

 
Beach Reads Print Email

Vacations are going into high gear - make sure you have some good escapist reading to take to the beach with you.  The L.A. Times recently compiled this list of "beach reads for the fun of it" that includes some thrillers as well as, yep, books about summers at the beach!  Safe travels and happy reading.

Jacket covers of seven books from this list that have people on the beach on their covers

 
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