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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Putting Pen to Paper Print Email

Logo for National Novel Writing Month - shield

This month, thousands of people worldwide will become novelists. It's all thanks to NaNoWriMo, a concept dreamed up by Chris Baty in 1999, in which participants write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. NaNoWriMo has become so successful that you may have read a book that was written during this challenge. Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants and Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus were all NaNoWriMo creations. (Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles -- Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress -- came out of one marathon NaNoWriMo. Now that's dedication!) Inspired? Click over to our list of books on writing to kick off your project and see it through to the last chapter!
 
Behind Closed Doors Print Email

Ever read a locked room mystery? In these novels, a crime is committed under seemingly impossible circumstances. Keigo Higashino's new book Malice is a great example of the genre. The body of author Kunihiko Hidaka is discovered in his office, which is inaccessible to anyone. But someone's lying about what happened, and Detective Kaga is determined to get answers no matter what. As the story unfolds, readers must set aside their assumptions and examine everything as carefully as the detective -- not only the circumstances, but also the motive for the killing itself. Malice will keep you turning pages 'til the very end. . .and if you enjoy this type of puzzle, check out our curated list for more locked room mysteries to thrill!

 
Fall's Big Books - SciFi & Fantasy Print Email

Speculative fiction readers have lots to celebrate this season, with plenty of familiar names back in the spotlight. There's something for everyone, from traditional fantasy to edgy scifi. Greg Bear kicks off a new trilogy with War Dogs, a near-Earth scifi adventure packed with tension and thrills (that sets you up for the next volume, of course). For urban fantasy on the lighter side, the Agent of Hel series by Jacqueline Carey wraps up with Poison Fruit -- a great choice for readers who miss Sookie Stackhouse and her clan. Patrick Rothfuss novels are praised by critics and fans alike, so the anticipation for his new book is huge. Luckily there's not long to wait, as The Slow Regard of Silent Things hits shelves next week. And William Gibson returns to his roots with The Peripheral, a razor-sharp scifi that'll leave your head spinning. Escape the dark days of fall with these action-packed titles that take you into realms unknown!

 
Politics as Usual Print Email

DVD cover for House of Cards - Kevin Spacey sitting in Abraham Lincoln memorial

Politics makes for great television, whether it's campaign predictions on the evening news or White House drama in primetime. And TV lineups are capitalizing on that trend, with tons of terrific shows that will pull you right into the action. For political scheming at its finest, you won't want to miss Kevin Spacey in House of Cards. Hint: he really will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Peek behind the scenes of Scandal, starring DVD cover for Veep, showing Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitting behind a deskKerry Washington as a crisis management professional who cleans up all that dirty laundry, hopefully before it gets aired. Talk about suspense! Like your government on the lighter side? Check out Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, HBO's comedy take on life in the country's second most powerful office ("Did the President call?"). No matter which side you're on, our curated list of political TV stand-outs is sure to get your vote!

 
Lessons in Love Print Email

Book cover of Saving Simon, with gray donkey standing against backdrop of farm

Rescue dogs, yep. Rescue cats, sure. But a rescue donkey? That's probably a new one to most people. It's all taken in stride, though, for Jon Katz, whose new book Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion, chronicles the story of finding an overlooked donkey and restoring him to health. Katz is best known for his books about dogs; with Simon, Katz took on a new challenge and learned some unexpected lessons about humanity, empathy and love. Of Simon, Katz writes, "I knew I had to bring him back, heal him, to reaffirm the better parts of being human. . . . Simon is a teacher sent to me in the form of a donkey." Check out our list for Saving Simon and more books about animals, humans, and the many ways they rescue one another.

 
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