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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Alex Awards 2014 Print Email

Jacket covers of three books on this list - Relish, Help for the Haunted, and Brewster

Written for adults, recommended for teens ... the Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens.  Of this year's list, the chair of the selection committee says, “The 2014 Alex Awards has a book for every teen reader. From dysfunctional families to alien-inhabited brains to a savory graphic memoir, this diverse list will not disappoint.”  The broad audience appeal of these titles is a clue that they are just plain good reads - check out one of this year's winners (listed below) or winners from previous years (such as The Glass Castle or The Night Circus).  Read with a teen!

 
Upcoming Movies Based on Books Print Email

Jacket covers from three of the books in this list - Divergent, The Hundred-foot Journey, and This is Where I Leave You

Buzzfeed recently published a list of 16 books to read before the movies they are based on hit theaters this year.  Wild by Cheryl Strayed is at the top of OUR list, as Cheryl will be visiting Whatcom County in February as our 2014 Whatcom READS! author.  Teen titles are well-represented by the likes of Vampire Academy, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars.  Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep star in the teen dystopian classic and Newbery Medal winner The Giver.  Author Gillian Flynn grabs two spots on the list with Gone Girl (starring Ben Affleck) and Dark Places, an earlier novel about a brutal family murder.  World War II is solidly in the public interest with the long-awaited film version of Unbroken (released in December), and The Monuments Men, a true story about a group of men who risked their lives to save pieces of art that the Nazis planned to destroy (stars the incredible grouping of George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray!).  Other titles being made into films are:

 
Living the Locavore Way Print Email

Jacket cover of

Vicki Robin's new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is all about our relationship with food: how we think about it, how it's grown and produced and how our actions impact the food systems around us. Robin takes an inspiring look at "locavorism" and "relational eating"--movements to eat locally and sustainably and to understand where food comes from. Much of the book centers on Robin's experience in limiting herself to food sourced from within a 10-mile radius of her home (on Whidbey Island), and her story is honest and inspiring. Her "global manifesto" may be just the thing to urge us all to rethink and reshape our eating habits.

 
New Online Book Club Reads "Wolf Hall" Print Email

Jacket image of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

The Wall Street Journal is launching a new online book club this month with the discussions to be led by prominent writers.  Drawing on the fact that most writers pick apart and sometimes emulate other works they admire, guest hosts will select a book that has influenced them and guide participants through an analysis of the work.  Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love and the recent The Signature of All Things) will lead the first discussion of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, which has inspired her writing of historical fiction.  Sign up for the book club, pose questions and discuss on Twitter, and then participate in an online discussion with Ms. Gilbert in late February.  Future hosts include fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman and thriller writer Gillian Flynn!

 
Wild Events this Month Print Email

Whatcom READS! logo - words with a sun radiating behind them (looks like pages of a book)Author Cheryl Strayed's visit is still weeks away, but Whatcom READS! events exploring the themes of her book, Wild, are ramping up - starting this weekend when local mystery author Pam Beason talks at the Blaine Library about using wilderness as a compelling setting.  In "Preserving Life Stories: Wild as Memoir", Sara Geballe from Memoir Crafters will guide participants through several short writing prompts to explore their own memories (Ferndale and Fairhaven libraries).  Hear local adventurer Heather Anderson recount her epic record-setting PCT hike later this month at the Deming or Bellingham Central library ... and more!  So much local talent and knowledge to be shared - please mark your calendar and join the discussion!

 
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