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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It's Summer - What Are You Reading? Print Email

Graphic for summer reading - open book with colorful caption Summer is here! And whether you're traveling or sticking around home, you're sure to need a good book to keep you company. We've got you covered with some of summer's hottest reads from big names in the world of literature: Neil Gaiman, Erik Larson, Kate Atkinson and Ernest Cline, just to name a few. Want more recommends? Check out our Staff Picks page to find under-the-radar books and old favorites to add to your library holds list for the season. Wherever your bookish tastes lead, you'll want to participate in our 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program - Every Hero Has a Story. Starting June 6, visit our Adult Summer Reading site to rate titles, submit reviews, make book lists and earn badges. Be a superhero to your kids (show them reading is cool!) and have fun reading and exploring this summer!

New Chapter for "Fifty Shades" Fans Print Email

Book cover mock-up for Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told By Christian, by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey author E. L. James made big news yesterday with a surprise announcement: a new book, Grey, due out June 18 worldwide. The novel provides a different perspective; while James's original trilogy was told from the perspective of Anastasia Steele, this new title focuses on the story from Christian Grey's point of view. James remains cryptic about exactly what this means, leading fans to speculate about whether Grey retells the same events as Fifty Shades, or features a whole new storyline. Either way, this is big news for those who've followed the characters through three wildly popular novels and a blockbuster film version. (And quite possibly a way to tide fans over until the next film releases in 2017!)

Welcome Back Judy Blume Print Email

Author photo and cover of Judy Blume's In the Unlikely Event

It's been a very good year for Judy Blume. The celebrated author of young adult classics like Tiger Eyes and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret has been busy promoting her long-awaited new novel In the Unlikely Event. Releasing this coming Tuesday, Blume's new book is her most recent title written for adults, and she says it will be her last such effort. No surprise there -- it's taken her five years of hard work to finish the book, which is based on a series of plane crashes that occurred in Blume's hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey in the 1950s. (Though inspired by true events, Blume assures readers that the characters are entirely fictional.) Written with her trademark openness and charming wit, In the Unlikely Event promises to be its own event for many summer readers.

Growing Together Print Email

Book cover for Orchard House by Tara Austen Weaver

Ever feel like you've taken on a bit too much with your house and garden? That's very likely what anyone would feel if they were in Tara Austen Weaver's shoes a few years ago. Food and garden writer Weaver tells the story of her experience rehabbing a long-gone-to-seed property in Seattle in her new book Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow. When Weaver and her mother purchase the property, their hope is that the renovation of the home and gardens will heal old wounds and bring the family back together after years of estrangement. As you might expect, the process is far from straightforward. But in the end, Weaver discovers unexpected truths and a better life for herself as well. A perfect read to keep you company in your own garden on a lovely summer day!

Edgar Winners 2015 Print Email

Emblem for Edgar Award - gold seal with raven

In case you missed it, the 2015 Edgar Award winners were announced at the end of April. The prizes, given by the Mystery Writers of America, are in their 61st year, and honor writers in the areas of mystery fiction, nonfiction, film and television. Author Stephen King took home this year's big prize for his novel Mr. Mercedes, called the prolific writer's first "hard-boiled detective tale". (Sounds like a departure from his traditional horror-laden fare!) Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn was also honored for her short story "What Do You Do?", found in the anthology Rogues, which also contains stories by Neil Gaiman and Connie Willis. If you love suspense, the Edgars are an award you'll want to get familiar with - check out our list of the 2015 winners, available now from your library!

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