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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Anytime Library eBooks Print Email

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Started in 2008, the WA Anytime Library collection currently consists of 11,095 titles, 9,022 of them ebooks and 5,163 of them downloadable audiobooks.  In the month of December alone, 394 new ebooks and 117 new audiobooks were purchased.  If you have a new tablet or ereader, the WA Anytime Library can help you keep stocked with good reading material.  The FAQ/Help page will get you started or attend a help session at one of our libraries for hands-on assistance from knowledgeable staff.  On the library events calendar, limit event types to "technology events" to see only ereader help sessions.

"Best of" List for Foodies Print Email

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EarlyWord, a newsletter for publishers and librarians, has pulled together a list of cookbooks published in 2012 that have been highly touted by editorial staff at, Amazon, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and the Washington Post.  For all you foodies at there, here is the list linked to the library catalog for easy requesting.  It includes quite a variety of cooking styles ... among them, foods of Burma, street food, foraging, preserving, cakes, tofu, paleo and vegan.  Bon Appétit!

Books as Comfort after Tragedy Print Email

Jacket cover of Kenneth Grahame's This Shelf Awareness article about turning to books for comfort in the face of tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting really struck a chord with me.  Sometimes we forget, when reading mostly for pleasure and entertainment, the power that books have to teach, transform, heal, comfort and inspire.  Pulling out The Wind in the Willows or Winnie the Pooh to evoke happy places can be a respite when the harsh realities of our world seem too much to bear.  The Tale of Despereaux and Bridge to Terabithia are two recommended children's books that help combat fear and process loss from a safe distance.  For other suggestions, check out Jennifer Brown's excellent Shelf Awareness article.  It's a good reminder about the power of reading - and we have bibliotherapists (reading advisors) at all of our branches who are trained to help you!

More "Best of" Books Print Email

Jacket cover from Mark Binelli's Jacket cover of Publishers Weekly has posted their "best of" list for 2012 which includes a bit of everything - literary fiction, cookbooks, nonfiction, graphic novels, history, romance, gardening, knitting ... (you've got to love the inclusion of Knit Your Own Cat!)  For a shorter list to choose from, try their list of Top 10 in 2012.  I couldn't put down Detroit City is the Place to Be which read like half-thriller, half-futuristic scifi novel - hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time, this account of the "afterlife of an American metropolis" provokes questions about race, class, art, cultural identity, politics, and transformation.  Highly recommended.

Ken Jennings and Parental Warnings Print Email

Cover of Ken Jennings' Ken Jennings is known by many for his lengthy winning streak on Jeopardy! and here in Whatcom County we have a more intimate connection with Ken for his regular guest appearances as a lifeline for the annual Whatcom Literacy Council trivia bee.  The author of several trivia-based books (Brainiac and Maphead), Ken's newly published Because I Said So! explores the "myths, tales, and warnings every generation passes down to its kids."  Do you really need to wait an hour to swim before eating?  Are poinsettia leaves really poisonous or can you eat them?  If you run with a lollipop in your mouth and fall down, can it really puncture the back of your throat and go straight into your brain?  Ken explores the science behind these parental syllogisms with his trademark sense of humor. 

Read an interview with Ken (and see a really cute picture of him as a little tyke) here.

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