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WA Do I Read Next?

Row of four book covers: "Dead Feminists," "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore," "PNW Veg," and "Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary"Do you love book recommendations with a pun on the side? If so, take a look at these 42 titles presented at the 2017 Washington Library Association “WA Do I Read Next?” session devoted to highlighting Washington authors. A panel of librarians selected books across genres and for a variety of ages and interests for a fast-paced session (42 books in a little more than an hour). Here are their recommendations:

FICTION
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Pie and Whiskey edited by Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon
George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl
Ash Falls by Warren Read
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (not technically a Washington author, but the setting evokes eastern Washington)
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Daredevils by Shawn Vestal

 HISTORICAL FICTION
A Drop of Ink by Megan Chance
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jaime Ford
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

FANTASY AND SPECULATIVE FICTION
The Solace of Monsters by Laurie Blauner
Mixed Feelings by Olivia R. Burton
Wayward Children Series by Seanan McGuire
Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle
Everfair by Nisi Shawl

 MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS
The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner
The Last Confession by Pat K. Brunjes
What’s Become of Her by Deb Caletti
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd

ROMANCE
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
Always for You by Alexis Morgan

WESTERN
Stranger on a Black Stallion by Jared McVay

NONFICTION
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (memoir)
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name by David M. Buerge
by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens  by Steve Olson
26 Songs in 30 Days by Greg Vandy with Daniel Person
My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker (memoir)

 POETRY
My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy
WA 129 selected and edited by Tod Marshall

COOKBOOKS
PNW Veg by Kim O’Donnel
Salad Days by Amy Pennington

YOUNG ADULT
Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
Heartless
by Marissa Meyer
The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

MIDDLE GRADE AND EARLY READER:
Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
I Am Fartacus by Mark Maciejewski

 PICTURE BOOKS
Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough
Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Books were selected and presented by Sheri Boggs (Spokane County Library District), Emily Calkins (King County Library System), Andrea Gough (The Seattle Public Library), Linda Johns (The Seattle Public Library) and Jackie Parker (Sno-Isle Libraries).

 

~ Posted by Linda Johns, Co-Coordinator, Washington Center for the Book