Library Yesterday (VPL) and Today (FVRL)
Yesterday, I picked up quite a few knitting books (the one skein series, luxury yarn, designer patterns, etc) along with a running book (Chi Running by Danny Dreyer) and two more books in Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles (books 5 and 6). I also picked up a book I've been wanting to read: Libyrinth by Pearl North, combining the ideas of library and labyrinth together. Borges homage I hope?
Today, I did some snooping around at Clearbrook, pondering the request for Harry Potter like suggestions. I asked Smitty the Librarian for suggestions, and by the power of NoveList and Librarian Jedi powers, here are a few. (I also picked up a copy of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness)
In the Children's section, there is Jonathan Stroud's the Amulet of Samarkand, first in the Bartimaeus series; China Mieville's Un Lun Dun; Tamor Pierce's Tortall series, although start with the chronological beginning (Songs of the Lioness), and her Circle series (I have not read this series, as it's impossible to find the books in order at the library).
For more adult language and situations, the PG-15 and up stuff, try Lev Grossman's The Magicians, or as I like to call it, Harry Potter flails through university and adulthood. There's Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy, Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles (more of a science fiction dystopia, but fun), and Mieville's Kraken, which I barely understood but the flotsam-full writing style, that was lovely.
I'll flex my google-fu and find some lists out there. Anyone have suggestions?