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NoveList LogoGetting often good reading recommendations is often hard.  It can be hard for a librarian (or a friend, co-worker, etc) to pinpoint exactly what you, personally, like to read.  You might like dark, compelling thrillers written in the first person or you might like more atmospheric books that focus more on setting and character development.  While a good Reader’s Advisory librarian (ahem) can help you locate a great book, the Bellingham Public Library also has a great new tool that can help you find the perfect book from the comfort of your own home.

This new resource is call NoveList Plus.  And it is awesome and free to use both in the library and from home.

NoveList Plus is a database allows you to find books based on individual characteristics (or “appeal terms”) that are more specific than normal genre classifications like science fiction or mystery.  You can look for books that are dark, romantic, and set in Toronto or you can look for award-winning fiction that is fast-paced and compellingly written.  You can also look up books that are similar to your favorite novel or author.

But that is not all!

You can also get series lists, author biographical information, recommended reading lists, book discussion guides, and much more.  So check out it today!


July Staff Picks

All month the librarians at Bellingham Public Library share with each other what they are reading, watching, and enjoying.  Here’s our staff pick round-up for July.

Dark Places

Blonde Bombshell book cover


She Left Me the Gun book cover

Rainbow Troops book cover





She Left me the Gun by Emma Brockes
After her mother’s death, a daughter researches the secrets from her mom’s childhood.
– Beth

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Horror/fantasy, a very personal story of a character remembering a long forgotten adventure from childhood. (For the full review, click here.) – Katie

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
A dark story that follows a young woman after her mother and siblings are murdered.
– Madeline

Winger by A Smith
A teen rugby player at a boarding school in Oregon must grapple with some frightening dorm-mates. – Jennifer

Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
A funny and clever science fiction novel. – Deborah

Misfortune by Wesley Stace
A wealthy young man finds an abandoned baby in a rubbish heap.  He believes his long dead sister has been replaced only to discover years later that the child is actually a boy. – Judy

Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata
Biographical novel about a class of misfits in the poorest village school on Belitong, an island in Indonesia. – Diane

Fire and Ice: Summer Treats

Summer is finally starting to heat up!  These books will help you make the most of your summer months and all the great, fresh food we have in Bellingham.

The Gardener & the Grill book coverThe Gardener and the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill
By Karen Adler





Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home book coverJeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
By Jeni Bauer







Home Made Summer book coverHome Made Summer
By Yvette van Boven






Ice Pop Joy book coverIce Pop Joy: Organic, Healthy, Fresh, Delicious
By Anni Daulter






The Deen Bros. Get Fired up book coverThe Deen Bros. Get Fired Up: Grilling, Tailgating, Picnicking, and More
By Jamie Deen






Ice Cream Sandwiches book coverIce Cream Sandwiches: 65 Recipes for Incredibly Cool Treats
By Donna Egan






Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction book coverBobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction
By Bobby Flay






Green smoothies and protein drinks book coverGreen Smoothies and Protein Drinks
By Jason Manheim






Make your own soda book coverMake Your Own Soda: Syrup Recipes for All-Natural Pop, Floats, Cocktails and More
By Anton Nocito






The Book of Burger book coverThe Book of Burger
By Rachael Ray






Grilling Vegan Style book coverGrilling Vegan Style: 125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard Barbecue
By John Schlimm





Everything Ice Cream, Gelato, and Frozen Desserts Cookbook book coverEverything Ice Cream, Gelato, and Frozen Desserts Cookbook
By Susan Whetzel





Grill This, Not that! Backyard Survival Guide book coverGrill This, Not that! Backyard Survival Guide
By David Zinczenko






Looking for books? You can always find this list and many others at our online catalog under Staff Picks!