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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Survival of the Fittest Print Email

Cover art for The Martian by Andy Weir

The first trailer for the film version of Andy Weir's The Martian is out, and it's got fans excited to see Matt Damon heading up an all-star cast. The novel about astronaut Mark Watney's fight to survive when he becomes stranded on the Red Planet is attracting readers who never thought they'd enjoy reading hard scifi. It's a compellingly written story of resourcefulness and determination amid unthinkable circumstances, and makes a great book club selection (trust me, there's plenty to talk about here). You've still got time to experience The Martian before the movie's October 2015 release -- and if you've already read the book, check out our read-alikes. These titles feature the same out-of-this-world setting and edge-of-your-seat suspense that made The Martian one of my favorite recent reads.

A Year of Staff Picks - Mobile Services Print Email

In 2015, we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. June brings summer and a visit to the Mobile Services department!

Picture of WCLS Bookmobile and staff members

If you've seen our cheery blue-and-white Bookmobile on the road, then you're familiar with one part of our Mobile Services department. With five stops at various points around the county, the Bookmobile brings the library collection to eager patrons each week. Mobile Services also includes our Homebound services, visiting residential care homes as well as individuals, and library service to the county jail. The dedicated Mobile Services staff work hard to ensure access to the library collection, and they keep a sharp eye out for materials that will inspire and entertain their patrons. Take a look at some of the titles that Mobile Services staff are recommending this month, and be sure to give a friendly wave next time you see these staff members out and about!

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.

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