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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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!

A Year of Staff Picks - South Whatcom Library Print Email

In 2015 we are featuring staff picks from a different branch library each month. The calendar's turned to May and we're turning to South Whatcom Library for this month's picks!

Collage of South Whatcom building and staff member photos

South Whatcom Library is the newest WCLS branch. After relocating to the Sudden Valley Adult Center earlier this spring, the staff is excited to once again be offering a full range of library services to the community. When visiting this fresh and welcoming space, you might decide to pop in to the always-buzzing children's room, get a peek at their high-tech 3D printer, or tuck away in the nonfiction corner to get some work done. No matter where you find yourself in the building , the friendly staff is always happy to help you discover terrific items for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure. Check out this list of recent releases and familiar favorites to see what the South Whatcom staff is recommending now!

Rethinking College Print Email

Graduation season approaches, and with it anxiety for parents and students alike about Book cover for Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruniwhat the next phase promises. Two new books offer perspectives on life after high school.

The first, Frank Bruni's Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, speaks to the college admissions process and the "mania" that surrounds it. By sharing stories about successful people whose career plan didn't include the mostBook cover for The End of College by Kevin Carey prestigious schools, Bruni offers a breath of fresh air for those whose scholastic path doesn't wind up in the Ivy Leagues.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from traditional learning is The End of College by education writer Kevin Carey. Carey examines learning through the lens of technology, specifically focusing on open-source education and its potential to change higher ed -- and reduce student debt -- in the not-too-distant future. Full of insights and case studies, both books challenge readers to reconsider education's place in our ever-changing world.

Backlist Alert: 5 Titles to Read Now Print Email

This is the time of year when publishers get excited about their upcoming releases, known in the book business as frontlist. But readers like us know that those new releases are even more exciting when you've read the books that come before them - the backlist! This week I'm bringing you a hot list of 5 Backlist Titles to check out right now:

Covers of Natchez Burning by Greg Iles; Life after Life by Kate Atkinson; Me Before You by Jojo Moyes; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

1. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles - Iles' new novel, The Bone Tree, continues his multi-generational saga of secrets and lies set in the deep South. These sprawling books (over 800 pages each!) are big in every sense of the word.

2. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - This stunning novel throws out the notion that reality is a fixed constant, as a woman experiences her life over and over in different ways. Read this first, then take on the companion novel, A God in Ruins, out next week.

3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - The author's breakout book delves into the world of virtual reality and one player's race to solve the ultimate puzzle. Packed with pop culture references, this novel will whet your appetite for Cline's Armada, due out in July.

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Haven't yet been pulled into this saga of corruption, intrigue and hacker tactics? Now's the time, as a new book in the series, The Girl in the Spider's Web, by author David Lagercrantz, comes out this fall.

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - A favorite of book clubs, this novel of two damaged people falling in love doesn't shy away from hard truths. Pick up this one and get ready for a sequel, tentatively titled After You, later this year.

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