This week, we welcome special guest bloggers, Erika Miller, Laura Richardson, and Myndie Petersen, from the Silverdale Library, Port Orchard Library and the Coeur de'Alene Public Library respectively.

 What do you like in a book? Do you reach for fast-paced, page-turners? Do you like reading about characters that jump off the page? Do you want to be taken away to a different time or place? Or do you like to marvel at how an author uses words?

Librarian and book lover Nancy Pearl believes that every work of fiction contains four “doorways” - story, character, setting and language - through which we, as readers, can connect with a book. The size of each doorway is different in every book. Books with a large Story doorway are difficult to put down, with lots of action moving the plot forward. Books with a large Character doorway are full of interesting and fully-realized people. Books with a large Setting doorway give us a sense of being there, when or wherever that might be. Books with a large Language doorway pull readers in with their beautiful, poetic or original writing. Most readers are drawn to one, maybe two of these doorways, and that can drive our reading preferences.

Not sure which doorway appeals to you most? Try a book from each category below and let us know what you think.


"In the Woods" - Tana French

"Ready Player One" - Ernest Cline


"Nobody’s Fool" - Richard Russo

"Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" - Anne Tyler


"The Mists of Avalon" - Marion Zimmer Bradley

"Tigana" - Guy Gavriel Kay


"Love in the Time of Cholera" - Gabriel García Márquez

"Americanah" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Visit our Port Orchard and Silverdale branches during the month of April to learn more about reading for the doorways. Whichever doorway pulls you in, we can help you find something new to read!

Join us May 6th at the Poulsbo Library to hear more about the doorways from librarian, best-selling author, and rock star among readers Nancy Pearl. Event information is available here



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