reader's advisory

Have You Ever Suffered From a Book Hangover?


According to, a book hangover is “when you’ve finished a book and you suddenly return to the real world, but the real world feels incomplete or surreal because you’re still living in the world of the book.”

You know that feeling, right?  As you finish those last few words of a book that has held you in thrall all day, all week for that matter, you hold your hand reverently on the cover, close your eyes and think “Yeah.  Oh, yeah.  Wow!”  Because I don’t know about you, but when a book manages to snag my attention that completely I lose all ability to find suitable interjections.

And I shudder at the mere thought of even starting a new book.  That would be like cheating on the one that just made my life so complete.  It would be the ultimate betrayal to find that level of commitment so soon after finishing the last one.

Heck, I’ve gone so far as stopping about ten pages before the ending because I’m just not ready for it to be over.  I have found that I oftentimes accomplish the most house work when I’m avoiding the inevitable end of the story.  If I don’t turn to the last page, it’s not over.

It’s like the last day on your absolutely the best vacation EVER.  You’ve spent a week in paradise, warm sand, ocean breezes, fruity drinks, no meetings, no pressure, no deadlines.  But today you need to pack up and leave it all behind, fit in all those must-have souvenirs, wonder if you really need that pair of flip flops that no longer fit in your luggage, catch the shuttle to the airport, and return to the real world.  The misery hangs around you in an almost palpable cloud.

So what’s the best way to survive a book hangover?

TELL SOMEONE ABOUT THE BOOK.  Tell your spouse.  Tell your best friend.  Tweet it.  Post it on Facebook.  Tell your favorite librarian.  I know we love to hear about good books.  You don’t have to write a scholarly review.  Just share your excitement, your esteem, your enthusiasm about the book.  That, to me, is the best way to get over that book hangover and move on.

After all, there is another new world out there, just waiting for you to open the cover.

reader's advisory

Throwback Thursday – Eowyn Ivey

throwbackthursdayThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was a Books and Bagels (B & B) group favorite back in 2015. This debut novel was also a Pultizer Prize Finalist in 2013.  The B & B group enjoyed the fairy-tale quality of novel, lyrical language and use of magical realism.  The portrayal of the Alaskan wilderness was breathtaking and stunning. The tale involves a childless couple working in rural 1920’s Alaska, who adopt a small, magical feral girl.

Snow child cover
The good news for the B & B group is that Eowyn Ivey’s long awaited second novel, To the Bright Edge of the World, was released on August 2, 2016.   This epic historical adventure takes place in 1885, as Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester is commissioned to map the newly acquired Alaskan territory while leaving his pregnant wife at home.  A mysterious Eyak guide and a native American women are part of Forrester’s expedition party who travel to an unknown frontier.

To the Bright Edge of the World cover

Follow Eowyn Ivey on her Letters from Alaska blog.

Displays, reader's advisory, Slideshows

Summer Reading Concludes!

Every couple of weeks during summer reading, Reader’s Advisory has been putting out different displays that go with the theme “Get in the Game: READ!” in the area surrounding our desk. Anything that is on the cubes can be checked out, just like anything else in the library!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer Reading program; it was a great success!

For the remainder of August, there are several different exciting displays to choose from.

“Marry, Date or Dump,” located on the left book cube, takes romance through its different stages in fiction.

“Ouija,” located on the center book cube, is a wide selection of paranormal fiction, ranging from horror to romance to fantasy.

“Dance Dance Revolution,” located on the CD display cube, is music that could be featured in the popular video game.  Get up and get moving with these tunes!

Our corner display is back to a rotating spotlight on different topics.  Right now we’re spotlighting the Olympics!  Take some fiction and films home that will make you feel like you’re at the Games.

The film walls feature “Uno,” foreign language films, and “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?,” nonfiction films featuring topics adults learned in school but may have forgotten.

Our new book display and staff suggestions display are back to their regular selves, and you can still find excellent reads on each one.

The Teen display to end up the summer is “The Game of Life,” which is a mixture of fiction and nonfiction titles dealing with real life issues facing young adults.

Check out the slideshow below for photos of each of these displays.
We encourage you to come in and check out these displays for yourself; you can always take something home!

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Movies, reader's advisory

From the Couch – House of Cards, Season 4


Have you been faithfully following the conventions on TV this summer? Last month, Season 4 of House of Cards was released to DVD. Frank and Claire Underwood have always been a strong political team. This season, they have become even greater adversaries as their ambitions are now at odds with each other. I can’t wait for Season 5!