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Killer Humor

Killer Humor

Death doesn’t always need to be serious. These darkly funny mysteries feature unconventional, often cynical sleuths who find humor in tragic and absurd situations.

Road Trip Romances

Road Trip Romances

Road trips provide plenty of opportunites for building sexual tension. Enjoy the reading journey with these travel-themed romantic comedies.

Standalone Sci Fi Novels

Standalone Sci Fi Novels

These sci fi and speculative fiction stories wrap up in just one volume and won’t leave you on a cliffhanger.

Summer's Most Anticipated Fiction 2024

Summer’s Most Anticipated Fiction 2024

Ahh summer! A time for leisure, hot sun and cold drinks – and of course loads of reading. Check out this list of some of the most anticipated novels of summer 2024 to find what’s worth saving room for in your beach bag.

The Magic of Japan

The Magic of Japan

Explore Japan and its unique culture with books about travel, mythology, fashion, and traditional Japanese ways of being.

Read with Pride: New Fiction

Read with Pride: New Fiction

Celebrate Pride Month with these newly published novels–including literary fiction, romances, and speculative genre fiction–featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and relationships.

Read with Pride: New Nonfiction

Read with Pride: New Nonfiction

Celebrate Pride Month with these newly published nonfiction books, memoirs, and poetry collections by LGBTQIA+ writers.

Love Bridgerton? Read This Next

Love Bridgerton? Read This Next

Dearest reader, once one has binge-watched all of Netflix’s Bridgerton, one finds oneself in need of further diversion. What delicious scandals will arise in these steamy page-turners? One must only turn the pages to discover!

Music Meets Poetry

Music Meets Poetry

Music and poetry are deeply intertwined. Beyond elements like rhythm and rhyme, the poets in this list integrate music into their work in surprising ways.

Middle Eastern Poetry

Middle Eastern Poetry

Explore the Middle East’s deep poetic history with poetry both ancient and contemporary.

Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Celebrate with these books that explore the wide range of perspectives, experiences, and challenges within the autistic community.

Cozy Fiction In Translation

Cozy Fiction in Translation

Short and sweet, these translated novels deliver the cozy vibes for a heartwarming and reflective reading experience.

Birding Guides and Memoirs

Birding Guides and Memoirs

Birdwatching encourages us to slow down and pay attention to the natural world around us. These field guides and birding memoirs will inspire you to look and listen the birds in your own backyard, or even take up a birdwatching practice.

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Out with the old, in with the new! These books will help you harness spring cleaning energy and get organized.

Garden Wonderlands

Garden Wonderlands

Get inspired with these gardening books that will teach you how to grow fragrant flowers, attract pollinators, compost nutritious soil, and more.

If You Liked Red Paint

If You Liked Red Paint

These memoirs, essays, and poetry collections draw from similar themes as Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe’s candid, lyrical memoir: family history, healing from trauma, and the power of language.

Punk Revolution

Punk Revolution

These books about punk music and the women who make it are full of rebellious energy and the DIY spirit.

Coast Salish Culture and Stories

Coast Salish Culture and Stories

Coast Salish peoples have called this area home since time immemorial. These books recognize the Puget Sound’s indigenous history and celebrate the work that modern artists, poets, and thought leaders do to honor Coast Salish culture.

Historical Fiction from Black Authors

Historical Fiction from Black Authors

Full of interesting settings and characters, these works of historical fiction from Black authors transport readers to the past for an immersive reading experience.

At the Movies

At the Movies

Nonfiction that takes us behind the scenes of Hollywood, filmmaking, and our favorite movies.

Hollywood Historical Fiction

Hollywood Historical Fiction

These Hollywood novels capture the glitz, glam, and high drama of the filmmaking industry.

Pacific Northwest Book Awards 2024

Pacific Northwest Book Awards 2024

The PNBA Awards are presented by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. The awards seek to honor excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest, specifically authors or illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Read on for the 2024 shortlist and winners!

Book Club Picks Winter 2024

Book Club Picks Winter 2024

If you’re in need of ideas for your next book club selection, we can help! Our quarterly lists are filled with engaging titles sure to spark discussion. Each title is available in various formats so you can read the way you want to; just click the author’s name to see the full list of options. Happy reading!

2024 Carnegie Medals Nonfiction

2024 Carnegie Medals – Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year. These awards are presented by the American Library Association. Check out this list of 2024 nonfiction honorees!

2024 Carnegie Medals - Fiction

2024 Carnegie Medals – Fiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year. These awards are presented by the American Library Association. Check out this list of 2024 fiction honorees!

Nonfiction to Satisfy Your Curiosity

Nonfiction to Satisfy Your Curiosity

“I love listening to audiobooks, and my favorite genre is nonfiction. It’s like listening to a super-long podcast! I gravitate toward accessibly-written microhistories and sociology—books that teach me something new about how the world works. These were the nonfiction books I read in 2023 that have stuck with me, from the irreverent to the lifechanging.” -Emma, Collection Development Librarian

Mystery and Suspense for All Moods

Mystery and Suspense for All Moods

“I read pretty widely and enjoy lots of genres, but for me, nothing compares to a page-turning thriller or whodunit. Happily, this was a banner year for interesting, well-crafted mystery and suspense novels. Not only did we get books from big names in the genre, we also were introduced to debut authors that are sure to become favorites. From gritty and realistic to funny and snarky, these are my top picks of the year.” — Mary K, Collection Development Librarian

Meet Your Next Favorite Poet

Meet Your Next Favorite Poet

“I love poetry so much that I am convinced I can find a poet or poem to make everyone fall in love with it. My love for poetry comes from great teachers, amazing professors, and participating in poetry slam and spoken word events around the world. My pick list includes a variety of poetry that I have enjoyed from the stage to the page to the audiobook. See if you can find a poem to make you fall in love.” -Cynthia F., Communications Specialist

Native Author or Contributor

Native Author or Contributor

There’s a lot of material available about Native American/Indigenous People, but not all of it is by Native People. In this list you’ll find material made by people from across Native America.

WCLS Staff Favorites 2023

WCLS Staff Favorites 2023

As 2023 winds down, WCLS staff are looking back at their reading year and picking out their top choices. Take a look at our wide-ranging list of staff picks – maybe you’ll find a new favorite of your own!

A Small Town Holiday Romance

A Small Town Holiday Romance

Capture the cozy vibes this holiday season with these novels filled with family, love and small-town charm.

Fiction From the Equator

Fiction From the Equator

Keep on the sunny side with fiction from equatorial countries. These novels are written by authors from South America, Africa, and island nations in between.

Arctic Fiction for Dark Days

Arctic Fiction for Dark Days

These novels are by authors who live in the coldest, darkest places: countries that touch the Arctic Circle.

New Memoir Fall 2023

New Memoir Fall 2023

Fall offers a bumper crop of interesting memoirs for readers. From celebrities to names that are less well known, read on to explore these recently published picks.

Subzero Nonfiction

Sub-Zero Nonfiction

These exciting nonfiction books are about life, death and adventure on the coldest continent: Antarctica.

Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

This is your year! You’re finally going to write that novel and National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) is just the time to do it. Look to these guides for inspiration as you work toward that 50,000 word goal.

Native American Heritage Month - Titles for Adults

Native American Heritage Month: Titles for Adults

These books and DVDs provide many perspectives on the Native American experience. Read on to explore memoir, history, poetry and more.

Understanding Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health

Whether you’re looking to better understand your own experiences or that of a friend or loved one, these memoirs and guides can help.

Lambda Literary Awards 2023

Lambda Literary Awards 2023

The Lambda Literary Awards (also known as the “Lammys”) are awarded yearly by Lambda Literary and celebrate outstanding LGBTQ+ storytelling from a given year. Read on for a selection of 2023 winners!

Book Club Picks Fall 2023

Book Club Picks Fall 2023

If you’re in need of ideas for your next book club selection, we can help! Our quarterly lists are filled with engaging titles sure to spark discussion. Each title is available in various formats so you can read the way you want to; just click the author’s name to see the full list of options. Happy reading!

2023 Washington State Book Awards - Adult Winners & Finalists

2023 Washington State Book Awards – Adult Winners & Finalists

Selected by the Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library, the WSBAs honor books published by Washington authors in 2022. A winner in each category was announced on Sept. 26.

National Book Awards 2023

National Book Awards 2023

The finalists for the 2023 National Book Awards were announced on October 3. Check out this list of honorees in fiction, nonfiction and translated literature, and watch for the announcement of winners on November 15.

Astronomy and the Stars

Astronomy and the Stars

Read about the stars, space exploration, about our place in the universe with some of the best science writing Earth has to offer.

Astrology for Self Care

Astrology for Self Care

Get introspective with these new astrology books and use the stars to manifest success.

Audiobooks for Exploring Nature

Audiobooks for Exploring Nature

Grab your earbuds and get outside! These nature-themed audiobooks make the perfect companions for a hike, picnic or ramble on the beach.

A Sense of Place: Audio

A Sense of Place: Audio

There’s nothing like a strong sense of place to take a story to the next level. In these audiobooks, the setting is just as much a character as any of the people. Sink into one of these unique worlds for an absorbing listening experience.

Read by the Author - Celebrity Memoirs booklist

Read by the Author: Celebrity Memoirs

What’s juicier than a celebrity memoir? That same memoir brought to life by the celebrity’s own voice! Check out these glimpses at life in the limelight, read by their famous authors, for a fascinating listening experience.

Wild Family Weddings booklist

Wild Family Weddings

Weddings bring together large casts of characters who share family history–and family drama. These novels are the perfect combination of funny, dramatic, and romantic.

Summer Fun for the Young at Heart booklist

Summer Fun for the Young at Heart

The books in this list will help you slow down, get outside, and reconnect with your childhood sense of joy and wonder.

From the Garden to Your Kitchen Cookbook list

From the Garden to Your Kitchen: Cookbooks

These cookbooks will inspire you to make the most of summer produce from the farmers market or your garden.

Whatcom Grooves Books for a Summer of Jazz

Whatcom Grooves: Books for a Summer of Jazz

Celebrate our summer jazz series with books about jazz and music appreciation! Gather with your neighbors for a joyous hour of live music at events hosted by Friends of the Library in South Whatcom, Ferndale, and Blaine. Learn more at wcls.org/jazz.

Tree List for Summer Reading

Tree List for Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2023: Read books. Plant trees. This summer, join us as we read for trees. Find out more at the library or wcls.org/summer-reading. Turn to this list for tree-inspired books.

Pride Month: Books for Allies

Pride Month: Books for Allies

Whether you’re looking to become a stronger ally to family and friends or to better understand the varied experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community, these resources offer perspective, insight and support.

Booklist for Juneteenth holiday

Juneteenth: Resources for Adults

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19th. Learn more about slavery, emancipation, and Juneteenth with these Black History resources.

Native American Heritage Month booklist

Must-Read Fiction by Native Authors

From thrillers to fantasy to literary fiction and more, these novels by Native American and First Nations authors explore a range of topics and provide plenty of page-turning reading.

Racism and Antiracism booklist

Racism and Antiracism: Learn More Now

Reading is a place to start. To help build a deeper understanding of racism and its effects across the country and in our communities, we are increasing the number of anti-racism books in our collection.

Disability Pride Month booklist

Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month is celebrated each year in July. Disability Pride has been observed since 1990, the year that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This month provides an opportunity for disabled people to share their stories and come together as a community, and for others to learn more about the experience of living with a disability. Check out these fiction and nonfiction works to learn more.

Black Authors of the Pacific Northwest booklist

Black Authors of the Pacific Northwest

Explore the fiction and nonfiction work of Black authors from our region.

Asian American Memoirs booklist

Asian American Memoirs

These writers explore the experience of the Asian American diaspora, generational trauma, and`the complexities of living between two (or more!) cultures.

Asian American Families in Fiction booklist

Asian American Families in Fiction

Feeling homesick? Try one of these family-centric novels by Asian American authors about family businesses, family dynamics, and intergenerational tensions.

Wedding Season Romances booklist

Wedding Season Romances

During wedding season, romance isn’t just for the bride and groom. Guests, wedding planners, and members of the bridal party all have a chance at love in these romantic comedies.

Oppenheimer and the Atom Bomb booklist

Oppenheimer and the Atom Bomb

Curious to learn more after watching the Christopher Nolan film? Read these books about Oppenheimer, Hiroshima, and nuclear fission for a more complex understanding of atomic history.

Summer of Barbie Booklist

Summer of Barbie

It’s shaping up to be a very Barbie summer! The new movie directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling lands in theaters July 21. In the meantime, learn more about this iconic doll and her influence on pop culture with these resources.

Unexpected Crime Solvers Booklist

Unexpected Crime Solvers

Detecting may not be the main occupation for these unusual sleuths, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great at it. From tea shop owners to home renovators to the queen herself (yes, really), these amateur detectives fit crime-solving in around their day jobs and still manage to crack the case.

A Crime in the Making?

A Crime in the Making?

True confession? Or a crime in the making? While these thriller titles are obviously all in good fun, it does make us wonder: if you read these books on an airplane, would you get a whole row to yourself?

Vacation Gone Wrong Booklist

Vacation Gone Wrong

Getting away from it all might not always be everything it’s cracked up to be – at least in these thrillers that feature trouble in paradise.

Poetry from Local Authors Booklist

Poetry from Local Authors

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a selection of poetry by local writers. Many of the poets included here have participated in the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, held each spring in Whatcom County.

Poetry You Can Listen To booklist

Poetry You Can Listen To

Sometimes poetry is best enjoyed aloud. Try listening to some poetry as an audiobook on Libby!

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2023 booklist

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2023

The winners and finalists of the Pulitzer Prize were announced May 8, 2023. Check out this selection of fiction and nonfiction honorees.

Creative Nonfiction for Deep Thinkers Playlist

Creative Nonfiction for Deep Thinkers

These personal, thought-provoking books blend the creative elements of fiction with the well-researched rhetoric of nonfiction.

Labor in America Playlist

Labor in America

Americans have been fighting for better working conditions for hundreds of years. Learn about historic and current labor movements with these nonfiction books.

Short Story Anthologies Playlist

Short Story Anthologies

An anthology is a collection of multiple works, usually pulled together by one editor with a particular creative vision. These short story anthologies showcase the creative ways that different authors approach the same theme. Find your favorite!

Award Winning eAudiobooks

Award-Winning eAudiobooks

The Audies are awarded to audiobooks each year in categories like Audio Drama and Best Narration. These are the winners and some finalists from 2022, plus some newer titles we think will be nominated in 2023.

Pacific Northwest Book Awards 2023

Pacific Northwest Book Awards 2023

The PNBA Awards are presented by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. The awards seek to honor excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest, specifically authors or illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia. Read on for the 2023 shortlist and winners!

Finding Joy booklist

Finding Joy

The world is filled with small joys, if only we remember to look for them. Try one of these books to unlock your own sense of delight and self-acceptance and find the joy in every day.

Compelling Contemporary Fiction for CoHo Fans booklist

Compelling Contemporary Fiction for CoHo Fans

Readers love Colleen Hoover books for their plot twists, emotional intensity and readability. Here are some titles to try while you wait for your Colleen Hoover holds.

Book Club Picks Winter 2023

Book Club Picks Winter 2023

If you’re in need of ideas for your next book club selection, we can help! Our quarterly lists are filled with engaging titles sure to spark discussion. Each title is available in various formats – click the author’s name to see the full list of options.

Crime at the Library booklist

Crime at the Library

There’s a body in the stacks! But never fear, in these thrilling cozy mystery reads there’s always a librarian or an avid library user standing ready to play sleuth.

Cover Trends Portrait Art booklist

Cover Trends: Portrait Art

Faces are a smart design choice for biographies and character-driven novels. The covers of these books draw us in to read more about the intriguing characters behind the faces.

Cover Trends Fruits and Flowers booklist

Cover Trends: Fruits and Flowers

Floral book covers are a perennial trend. Our favorites this year incorporated still life, bouquets, and bold colors.

Cover Trends Sunset Colors booklist

Cover Trends: Sunset Colors

The colors that dominated book cover design in 2022 were bright bright bright: pink, orange, and all the sunset shades in between.

Goodreads Choice Awards 2022 Booklist

Goodreads Choice Awards 2022

Each year, Goodreads users cast their votes for best book of the year. In 2022 over 5 million votes were cast! Check out this year’s winners in various categories to see if your favorites made the list.

Whatcom Reads 2023: The Cold Millions Booklist

Whatcom Reads 2023: The Cold Millions

The 2023 Whatcom READS selection is The Cold Millions by Jess Walter Borrow the book, eBook or eAudiobook, then join us in early 2023 for community events including visits from author Jess Walter. Check out this list to further explore the people, places and themes in this extraordinary novel, as well as the rest of Jess Walter’s work.

WCLS Staff Favorites booklist

WCLS Staff Favorites 2022

What did WCLS staff enjoy reading in 2022? All kinds of interesting things, from fiction to nonfiction to children’s books and more! Take a look at this wide-ranging list to find a new favorite of your own.

Witty Romantic Comedies Booklist

Witty Romantic Comedies

Romance novels that feel like your favorite 90s rom coms.

For Nora Ephron Fans Booklist

For Nora Ephron Fans

Books from novelist/essayist/screenwriter Nora Ephron’s bibliography, plus other books inspired by her work.

Christy Awards Booklist

Christy Awards 2022

The 2022 winners of and finalists for the Christy Awards, “honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction.”

Personal Finance Booklist

Personal Finance

These personal finance titles were purchased with a grant awarded to Whatcom County Library System by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation after the disastrous flooding event experienced in Whatcom County in November 2021. In addition to building the library’s personal finance collection, these titles were selected with the hope that this information would help impacted patrons who are confronting important financial decisions in the flood’s aftermath. Most titles are available in multiple formats. Click on the title entry to see all formats available.

New History Fall 2022 Booklist

New History Fall 2022

Explore the past with this selection of recently published history titles for fall.

Nancy Pearl's 2022 book recommendations

Nancy Pearl Recommends: Whatcom Literacy Council Breakfast 2022

Super reader and librarian Nancy Pearl presented her annual must-read list once again for Whatcom Literacy Council’s 2022 breakfast. Check out this selection of what Nancy’s been reading lately and place your holds!

New Memoir Fall 2022

New Memoir Fall 2022

Fall is a great time to pick up the memoir of a fascinating person. Check out one of these new releases to learn more about someone’s life.

In Love with a Royal Booklist

In Love with a Royal

Fairy tales may just come true after all in these romances about royals falling in love.

National Book Awards 2022

National Book Awards 2022

The winners of the 2022 National Book Awards were announced on 11/16/22. Check out this list of honorees in fiction, nonfiction and translated literature.

True Crime award winners booklist

True Crime Award Winners

Every year the Edgar Awards recognize the best books published in the mystery genre. Most nominees are fiction, but nominees in the Fact Crime category are all works of nonfiction reportage.

Prizeworthy first novels booklist

Prizeworthy First Novels

These newly published novels are the first of their kind! Presented by The Center for Fiction, the First Novel Prize is an annual award that honors great fiction by first-time novelists.

Horror Novels for a spooky season booklist

Horror Novels for Spooky Season

Get into the spirit of Halloween with these fresh and frightening horror novels, just right for a spooky night.

foraging without dying booklist

Foraging Without Dying

These guidebooks will teach you how to forage for wild, edible plants and mushrooms safely.

Mysteries of the deep booklist

Mysteries of the Deep

It’s hard to know just what we *don’t* know about life in the depths of the ocean. Try one of these eye-opening titles to learn more about the creatures and other lifeforms of the sea.

Hiking In and Around Washington Booklist

Hiking In and Around Washington

Pick up one of these hiking guidebooks to help you plan your next outdoor adventure!

The prestigious Hugo Awards honor the best in scifi and fantasy publishing. This year's awards were presented at the 80th annual WorldCon in Chicago. Check out the winners!

Hugo Award Winners 2022

The prestigious Hugo Awards honor the best in scifi and fantasy publishing. This year’s awards were presented at the 80th annual WorldCon in Chicago. Check out the winners!

2022 Washington State Book Awards - Adult Finalists

2022 Washington State Book Awards – Adult Finalists

Selected by the Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library, the WSBAs honor books published by Washington authors in 2021. A winner in each category will be announced on Sept. 13.

New Cookbooks, Fall 2022 booklist

New Cookbooks Fall 2022

Fall is a great time to get cozy in the kitchen. Check out these new and forthcoming cookbooks for plenty of culinary inspiration.

Academic Magic booklist

Academic Magic

Encounter magical libraries, secret societies, and dangerous hallways in these fantasy novels that have an academic setting.

Campus Novels Booklist

Campus Novels

These novels give you an insider’s perspective of the privilege, drama, and academic rigor in private schools and grad programs.

Dark Academia Booklist

Dark Academia

These moody, intense novels set at elite schools will make you want to pull an all-nighter.

Austen Retold Booklist

Austen Retold

Netflix’s new adaptation of Persuasion is just one in a host of retellings of Jane Austen’s classic stories. Try one of these novels to get a fresh look at an old favorite or an homage to the author’s body of work.

Murder by the Book booklist

Murder by the Book

All of these mysteries have a literary connection.

Romances for Booklovers booklist

Romances for Book Lovers

All the couples in these contemporary romances share a love for literature

Books are Magic booklist

Books are Magic

You’ll discover otherworldly libraries and books with magic powers in these book-themed fantasy and sci fi novels.

It's Grilling Season: Booklist

It’s Grilling Season!

Firing up the grill for a holiday get-together or a night with the family? These delicious books provide plenty of inspiration for mouth-watering menus.

Quintessential Summer Reads: Booklist

Quintessential Beach Reads

What makes a great beach read? According to Jennifer Weiner, the ideal beach read has a summery setting, a likeable lead, and a little bit of romance. We think these books fit the bill.

Summer Page Turners: Booklist

Summer Page Turners

From locked-room mysteries to crimes of fashion, these action-packed thrillers will keep you glued to the page all summer long.

Feel Good Fiction for Summer: Booklist

Feel-Good Fiction for Summer

Dip into one of these fast-paced, heartwarming novels for some light summer reading.

The Joy of Stargazing

The Joy of Stargazing

Summer affords plenty of opportunities to explore the wonders of the night sky. Whether you’re new to stargazing or have some experience, these resources will add to your enjoyment.

Summer Page Turners booklist

Summer Page Turners

From locked-room mysteries to crimes of fashion, these action-packed thrillers will keep you glued to the page all summer long.

Quintessential beach reads booklist

Quintessential Beach Reads

What makes a great beach read? According to Jennifer Weiner, the ideal beach read has a summery setting, a likeable lead, and a little bit of romance. We think these books fit the bill.

Feel-Good Fiction for Summer booklist

Feel-Good Fiction for Summer

Dip into one of these fast-paced, heartwarming novels for some light summer reading.

Making Peace with Technology booklist

Making Peace with Technology

Love it or hate it, technology is a part of our lives that is here to stay. With these resources you can learn how technology influences your daily reality, and find strategies to better manage your relationship with your devices.

Book Recommendations from TikTok

Book Recommendations from TikTok

These books are popular among creators on TikTok. Search #booktok for more recommendations from avid readers!

For Fans of Everything Everywhere All At Once

For Fans of Everything Everywhere All At Once

The new movie Everything Everywhere All At Once is a multiverse story that’s full of pop culture references. Expand your film knowledge with these homage-worthy classics!

Everything: Books That Have a Lot Going On

Everything: Books That Have a Lot Going On

These books have a lot going on: intricate plots, Big Ideas, multiple timelines, and characters whose paths cross with each other in surprising ways.

Everywhere: Into the Multiverse

Everywhere: Into the Multiverse!

The fabric of space and time gets warped in these literary sci fi novels. Parallel universes, divergent timelines, and alternate realities all circle around the concept we call “the multiverse.”

All At Once: Love Across Space and Time

All At Once: Love Across Space and Time

These genre-bending novels blend romance tropes with elements of sci fi, fantasy, and historical fiction for love stories that transcend space and time.

Adrenaline-Charged Audiobooks

Adrenaline-Charged Audiobooks

Listen to one of these fast-paced thrillers during your next workout!

Booklist: Jewish and Kosher Cookbooks

Jewish and Kosher Cookbooks

Looking to spice up your next seder? These cookbooks explore the vast world of Jewish cooking, with both traditional and innovative recipes from around the world.

Booklist image: May the Fourth Be With You

May the Fourth Be With You

Star Wars Day is May 4! Mark the day with these books, games and music that celebrate events in a galaxy far, far away.

Booklist: Feel-Good Fantasy & SciFi

Feel-Good Fantasy & SciFi

If you like your fantasy and scifi novels a little more on the cozy side, these are the books for you. Curl up in one of these imaginative worlds and stay as long as you’d like.

Booklist: Build your financial literacy

Build Your Financial Literacy

Personal finance doesn’t have to be a mystery. These resources offer advice, guidance and support as you navigate decisions around money and investing.

Booklist: New Poetry Spring 2022

New Poetry Spring 2022

April is Poetry Month. These recent collections offer a myriad of opportunities to reflect and consider the power of words to inspire and move us.

STAFF REVIEWS

Cover image for "Adrift: the Curious Tale of the Lego Lost at Sea" by Tracey Williams

Book Buzz: Adrift

Adrift: the Curious Tale of the Lego Lost at Sea by Tracey Williams For some, summer days spent along Washington’s rocky shores conjure up memories of kite flying, flipping rocks to startle baby crabs, and beachcombing.  The joy of finding the occasional shell or sand dollar, a piece of interesting driftwood or the ultimate prize … Read more

Cover image of "Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest" by Natalie Hammerquist

Book Buzz: Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest: A Visual Guide to Harvesting and Healing with 35 Common Species by Natalie Hammerquist Hikers beware! It’s the season for stinging nettles, and they’re all over the place on local trails. But one person’s hazard is another person’s healthy elixir — so if you’re like my friend, the minute … Read more

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Book Buzz: I Cheerfully Refuse

I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger Against the backdrop of a dystopian landscape in a climate-changed near future, “I Cheerfully Refuse” by Leif Enger tells the story of Rainy, a gentle bear of a man, house painter and aspiring bass player, as he seeks redemption after the loss of his beloved wife, Lark. Setting sail … Read more

Cover image of "Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story" by Leslie Jamison

Book Buzz: Splinters

Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story by Leslie Jamison After the birth of her first child, Leslie Jamison finds that home is no longer a place she wants to be. She pushes her daughter’s stroller through art museums to avoid spending time with her husband, whose coldness has become unbearable. Splinters: Another Kind of Love … Read more

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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
South Whatcom
Valley Book Club
First Friday of the month
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online
Barely Adulting Book Club
(Online only)
2nd Wednesday of the month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

What We’re Reading Book Club
1st Wednesday of the month
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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COMMUNITY READS

Whatcom Reads 2024 selection. Red Paint: The ancestral autobiography of a coast salish punk by Sasha LaPointe
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Northwest Washington’s premier annual literary event, Whatcom READS celebrates reading, readers and strong communities through the shared experience of one book. The 2023-2024 selection is Red Paint by Sasha taqwšeblu LaPointe Whatcom READS is hosted by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and community partner Village Books. Learn more at whatcomreads.org.

ALWAYS AVAILABLE SELECTIONS FROM LIBBY

Libby adult titles, always available
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PODCAST

WCLS in Whatcom County presents Library Stories

This twice-monthly show features book recommendations, conversations and interviews with library insiders, authors and community members. Tune in to laugh a little and learn a lot about library communities, staff, events, backrooms, happenings and, of course, books!

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SURPRISE SELECTION

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