"More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason"
By Nancy Pearl; Sasquatch Books, 286 pages
I just love summertime in the Northwest. Growing up in the Southwest, I remember June, July and August as being the months you holed up inside with air conditioning and cool drinks. But here, even with the occasional days of hot temperatures and sticky humidity, summer is a time for Northwesterners to exit their abodes and revel in the splendor of the outdoors. It also means that reading doesn't have to be an indoor activity; we can take those books outside! Yeah for the sun!
So, with all of this wonderful weather, the only challenge is choosing a good read. Sounds easy, right? Well, sometimes it can be surprisingly difficult to select that next great book. This is where the library comes in. On Tuesday, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District will host an online reader's advisory program called "Your Next Great Read" via the library's Facebook page. From 1 to 8 p.m., visit the district's Facebook page, type in the title of your last great read, and library staff (aka FVRL Book Magicians) will provide you with three ideas for your next great read. Abracadabra!
Technology is amazing in the way it allows readers to connect with other readers. Facebook, Twitter, even email — the "grandfather" of online communication – have altered the reading landscape. But there is still plenty of room for good, old-fashioned books about books such as "More Book Lust" by Nancy Pearl.
Pearl, a librarian, and former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library, is a bibliophile through and through. Lucky for us she has written several books about reading — each one a tribute to the written word — full of literary recommendations for a wide spectrum of readers. "More Book Lust" continues what Nancy started with the very well-received "Book Lust" in 2003. Not so much a sequel as a companion to the first book (as explained by the author in her second effort), readers will be just as delighted with the choices of topics and titles. From "Adapting to Adoption" to "Wayward Wives," hundreds of titles, both newer and older, receive brief but enticing annotations, guaranteed to spark a reader's interest.
So, don't forget to check in with the "FVRL Book Magicians" on Facebook on Tuesday for real-time reading recommendations. And if you miss this event, or find yourself wanting even more book advice, give "More Book Lust" a try. Remember — the library has your back; or, in this case, your book.
Jan Johnston is the Collection Development Coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.