By request: new books in the Rec Collection

Last spring we set up a Post-It board in the lobby of Hamersly and asked you what books you’d like to see in the library’s Recreation Collection. We were delighted with the flood of responses and have worked over the summer to bring in as many of the suggestions as possible.

Some of them we already had – the people who requested Leaves of Grass, Catcher in the Rye, books by Oscar Wilde, the Twilight series, the Hunger Games series, the Harry Potter series, and books by Neil Gaiman are in luck!

And below is just a sampling of new arrivals that we purchased over the summer in response to your other requests. Browse the collection online or in-person to see all of our recreational books. Welcome back to campus and happy reading!

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang. Call Number: REC DOC

From Goodreads: “Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake… A perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.”






Raven's Shadow #1-3 by Anthony RyanRaven’s Shadow #1-3 by Anthony Ryan. Call Number: REC RYA

From Goodreads: “Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. From ‘a new master storyteller’ comes an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…”







Ms. Marvel by G. Willow WilsonMs. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. Call Number: REC WIL

From Goodreads: “Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!”








Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary RoachGulp: adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach. Call Number: REC ROA

From Goodreads: “Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks—or has the courage—to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.”







Jesus land: a memoir by Julia ScheeresJesus Land: a memoir by Julia Scheeres. Call Number: REC SCH

From Goodreads: “For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, ‘Jesus Land’ stretched from their parents’ fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic. For these two teenagers – brother and sister, black and white – the 1980’s were a trial by fire.”







Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1-5 by Rick RiordanPercy Jackson & the Olympians #1-5 by Rick Riordan. Call Number: REC RIO

From Goodreads: “Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him…Join the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.”

Get summer reading suggestions

Reading in a hammockLooking for a good book (or two) to read over the summer? We can help!

Fill out this short form and your WOU librarians will get back to you with some books from our Recreation Collection that you might like.

You can also browse the Recreation Collection online. It has something for everyone: from thrillers to fantasy to romance to biographies and everything in between.

Get some light Spring Break reading @ the library

Just in case you need another reason to be excited that Spring Break is coming up… We just put out some fun “Spring Break Reads” on the 1st floor. Whether your idea of fun is a light beach read, a suspenseful mystery, a sci-fi thriller, or a collection of humorous essays.

No matter what genre, you can be sure they’re perfect for whiling away those lazy break days. Take a study break and check them out!

Spring Break reads

Spring Break reads

Most popular books of 2014

January book displayInterested in what the WOU community was reading for fun last year? Looking for a good book to dive into before classes get busy? Check out our new display showcasing the most popular books of the past year from Hamersly’s Recreation Collection: from thrillers like Gone Girl to series sensations like The Hunger Games to nonfiction explorations of mental health and military history.

The display is located on the first floor of the library between rooms 108 and 107, and the rest of the Recreation Collection is on the other end of the first floor.


New Fiction in our Recreation Collection

The long Thanksgiving weekend is plenty of time to breeze through one of the new fiction books we’ve added to the Recreation Collection on the first floor of Hamersly. We have something for everyone: fast-moving thrillers, hair-raising horror, poetry about pups, romantic historical fiction, funny detective stories, dystopia science fiction, you name it.

Below is just a sampling of our new arrivals. Browse the collection to see all our recreational books, and check one out before you leave campus!

The Circle by Dave Eggers. Call Number: REC EGG

The Circle

Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining) by Stephen King. Call Number: REC KIN

Doctor Sleep

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. Call Number: REC OLI

Dog Songs

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Call Number: REC ROW


The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Call Number: REC GIL

The Signature of All Things

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Call Number: REC ATW


The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn. Call Number: REC QUI

The Sound and the Furry

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lit in our Recreation Collection


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Need a study break? Can’t get enough of The Walking Dead? Want to escape into a fantastical world of witches and/or Shakespearean Star Wars characters? The library’s Recreation Collection has something new for you: