Does this ever happen to you: You've finished a great book and are heading to the library to return it. You've got nothing else checked out, and no books on hold to pick up. Or you've got a huge pile of unread books at home, but nothing is calling out to you as the right next book. But maybe you need a new book to read, either because the weather is awful and you want to stay in, or you're on a reading high because of how much you liked the book you just read, or you need something to talk about with the book-obsessed friend you're meeting for dinner next week. So how do you figure out what to read next?
There are lots of ways to go about this. You can get recommendations from family and friends who know you and your reading interests well. You can see whether the author of the book you just finished has published anything else. You can stroll the stacks at the library and see if a title (or a cover) jumps out at you. You can ask any one of the Wallingford Public Library librarians for suggestions. You can read this recent Washington Post article to find out what your favorite authors are reading this summer and follow along. Or this other recent Washington Post article, listing some favorite books of 2017 so far. Or any number of other, similar articles. You can check out all the displays in the North Main Book Nook. Or, you can walk over to the brick pillar in the front corner of the Nook and see what's posted on the Your Next Read bulletin board.
The Your Next Read bulletin board is filled with book stuff -- book lists, book magazines, photos of books, you get the idea. Some of the contents of the bulletin board change weekly (the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists, for example). Others change monthly (Top Ten lists from Book Page and LibraryReads, and the Top 20 list from Indie Next). Still others are seasonal, highlighting the most anticipated books scheduled for release over the next few months. And others showcase award winners (the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners are up now, look for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards later in the year). The rest of the space is filled in with pictures of new notable releases, along with whatever else fits! We've even had patrons suggest book lists they'd like to see on the Your Next Read bulletin board, and we take those suggestions to heart (see, e.g., this set of titles).
Come by and check out what's currently on the bulletin board, and let us know what you decide to read next!