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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Book Buzz
Extreme Adventure Print Email

Cover image for Buried in the Sky by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan

Everest, the new movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley, drops into theatres in a few weeks, and it's already generating interest in books about the extreme adventure of climbing Earth's most remote mountains. The allure of besting forbidding slopes the world over has been captured on the page by a number of authors. Try a personal account such as Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, the story of his own harrowing near-death encounter climbing in the Andes. Read Buried in the Sky, the untold account of Sherpa guides who survived the 2008 mountaineering tragedy on K2, against all odds. Or relive extreme adventures closer to home with Andy Hall's Denali's Howl, the desperate tale of climbers trying to hang on during a "super blizzard" on Alaska's highest peak. Check out our list of mountaineering epics, for a dose of adventure right in the comfort of your own home.

Most Anticipated Print Email

Cover image of The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner, and so are the big fall book releases. Avid readers know that fall's the time when publishers bring out some of their most sought-after titles, and the buzz for this year's crop of boooks has already begun to build. While the field tends to be crowded, online magazine The Millions culled through the contenders to produce their list of Most Anticipated Books for late 2015. September's selections include Purity, the new novel by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen; The Heart Goes Last, another near-future read Cover image for City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallbergfrom master writer Margaret Atwood; and This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Pacific Northwest favorite Jonathan Evison. In October, look for M Train by Patti Smith (the follow-up to her memoir Just Kids); The Secret Chord, a novel centering on biblical hero King David by award-winner Geraldine Brooks; and City on Fire, a huge (and hugely anticipated) exploration of 1970s New York by author Garth Risk Hallberg. Can't wait to read these and other big fall books? Place your holds now and you'll be ready when these titles release over the next few months. 

Proper Romance Print Email

Cover image for A Heart Revealed by Josi Kilpatrick

Readers who like their love stories a little less on the steamy side will be excited to discover the new series Proper Romance. Shadow Mountain Publishing debuted the series in 2012, and while there are still only a handful of titles, the series is proving successful for this publishing house. The novels are all historical fiction, with settings ranging from Regency England (Josi Kilpack's A Heart Revealed) to the Wyoming frontier (Sarah Eden's Longing for Home and Hope Springs). While the backdrops are diverse, the focus on strong characters and heart-stopping plots is one thing all the Proper Romance books have in common -- and isn't that really what a terrific book is all about? Enjoy all the passion of a great romance with these "clean read" titles - click through for the full list and to place your holds now!

A Year of Staff Picks - Blaine Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. Head up toward the border with us in August as we visit the Blaine Library!

Image of Blaine Library building and staff members

There's always something going on at the Blaine Library! The community loves this library and all the terrific services it provides. A quick peek at the events calendar shows programs for kids (hero-themed storytimes), teens (LEGO robotics), and adults (computer & mobile device help). Love books? You're in the right spot. Find shelves packed with great selections for all ages - browsing is a favorite pastime of Blaine patrons. Best of all, the library's friendly and enthusiastic staff, headed by branch manager Debby Farmer, are always ready with a book suggestion you won't be able to resist. Take a look at some of Blaine staff's recent picks and watch your holds list grow!

The Science of Attention Print Email

Cover of nonfiction book A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel

How has the presence of technology changed our daily lives? Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel explores this question against the backdrop of a terrible accident, in the recent nonfiction work A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention. The book tells the story of college student Reggie Shaw, whose decision to text while driving resulted in a car crash that took the lives of two prominent scientists. Shaw's story (he now works to raise awareness about distracted driving) is counterbalanced with research into the science of attention and how technology is impacting the human brain. From this emotional story, Richtel crafts a fascinating narrative that raises important questions about devices, distraction and to what extent we're able to split our focus.

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