The Pandora of Books

June 7, 2013 by  
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by Barb Biggs, BCPL Branch Manager

One of the many services we perform for patrons at Boyd County Public Library is something called Readers’ Advisory.readers advisory lady

If there is a particular author that you like and you have read all of his or her books, we can steer you toward a similar author. Think of us as the Pandora or iTunes Genius of books!  For example, if you love Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, we could suggest a few like authors. If it’s the southern setting that keeps you reading, we might suggest you try Cassandra King or Anne Rivers Siddons.  If it is the aspect of family relationships you like, we might suggest Anita Shreve or Kristin Hannah.

There has been a great interest lately in young adult literature, with the boom of young adult books being made into films, the influx of adult authors writing for younger readers, and the crossover interest that adults have in young adult books. With that in mind, here are some readers’ advisory suggestions in young adult literature. If you are a “grown up” and have never tried a young adult read, I wholeheartedly suggest you give the genre a try.

If you like Harlan Coben, you might not be aware that he has started a series of young adult books with a spin-off of his famous character, Myron Bolitar. Myron’s nephew Mickey first made an appearance in Coben’s Live Wire, and now has his own series for younger readers. The first in the series is Shelter, followed by Seconds Away. Fans of Coben’s quick plotting, twists and turns, and humor will find this new series a lot of fun.

If you read and liked The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield, or The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, here are a couple more young adult read suggestions. Kami Garcia’s Beautiful Creatures series recently kicked off its cinematic run with the first film in the planned trilogy. Beautiful Creatures was a seriously addictive read. Everything from the Southern Gothic setting to the magical elements to the believability of the main characters kept me turning the pages late into the night. Another good companion read to either of the mentioned adult novels would be Libba Bray’s Great and Terrible Beauty series. It is another series with strong setting (Victorian England and the magical “Realms”), memorable characters, and wonderful writing.

So please don’t just leave if you can’t find the newest David Baldacci book or if you find you’ve read everything that Tracie Peterson has written. We can help you find something to check out so you don’t have to sit in front of reality television all night long (shudder!!).

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