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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Like a Runaway Train Print Email

Cover art for The Girl on the Train (blurred image)

Whether or not you agree that The Girl on the Train is this year's Gone Girl (they are very different books, in my opinion), there's no denying that it's a runaway hit. Debut author Paula Hawkins' novel has now sold over a million copies, and the hype just keeps building. Film rights have already been optioned as well. This twisty tale of fixation and secret lives may feel familiar to Hitchcock fans, but it's a fresh new take that readers find themselves staying up for (even Reese Witherspoon tweeted her obsession). Haven't read it yet? Place your hold in our catalog, and check out our list of The Girl on the Train read-alikes to keep you turning pages in the meantime!

A Year of Staff Picks - Ferndale Library Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. March is here and we're sharing picks from the Ferndale Library staff!

Graphic of Ferndale Library building and staff members contributing to staff picks

If you haven't visited the Ferndale Library in a while, you're in for a big surprise. The library's new building opened in Fall 2014 after lots of hard work on the part of the Friends of the Ferndale Library and library staff. Ferndale residents love their library, and it shows; this large branch is open seven days a week (even Sunday!), and often quite busy. With all those materials to handle, you might think it would be hard for the Ferndale staff to pick favorites. . . but you'd be wrong, because they're experts at sorting out the best of the best. Check out this curated list of Ferndale staff favorites, and stop in to see what they're recommending today!

Our Criminal Past Print Email

Photo of author T. A. Warger, wearing hat and leaning on old gravestoneThink you know Whatcom County? You might be surprised at what one author has uncovered about the history of our area. Delve into the criminal past of Whatcom residents with T.A. Warger's Murder in the Fourth Corner: True Stories of Whatcom County's Earliest Homicides. The local author's true crime take on Bellingham and environs centers around crimes occurring in the early twentieth century, and includes cases solved and unsolved. Readers will recognize many of the locations Warger describes -- who knows, you may even discover that you're familiar with a murder house!

And don't miss the opportunity to hear Warger speak in person: the author has upcoming appearances at North Fork, Ferndale, Everson and Blaine Libraries - check our Explorations brochure for dates and times.

Whatcom READS! 2016 Print Email

Image of author Ruth Ozeki with the cover for her book A Tale for the Time Being

What a week it's been! Whatcom READS! events featuring author Daniel James Brown drew huge crowds, all eager to hear even more about the fascinating true story of The Boys in the Boat. The highlight of the week was Brown's keynote appearance at Mt Baker Theatre, and that's also when the 2016 Whatcom Reads title was announced. Next year we'll be welcoming author Ruth Ozeki, for her novel A Tale for the Time Being. This title marks a return to fiction for Whatcom READS!, and it's sure to be a compelling choice for reading groups. Of the novel, Deming staffer Erin says, "it is a very worthwhile read crammed with fascinating topics from Fukushima to permaculture to kamikazes, and also a tinge of magical realism and enticing characters that make for an intriguing experience." Can't wait to get started? Reserve your copy now!

On this Beautiful Planet Print Email

Author photo of neurophysician Oliver SacksNeurophysician Oliver Sacks recently wrote a moving reflection in the New York Times, an introspection that came about because Sacks was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sacks is renowned not only for his work in neurology, but also for his books, among them Awakenings (the basis for the film starring Robin Williams) and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a groundbreaking work about brain disorders.

In the NYT piece, "My Own Life", Sacks writes, "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."

Learn more about Oliver Sacks' work through his books, available at your library. (photo credit: Goodreads)

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