There’s still time for a summer read [UPDATED]Published 9:47am Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Updated 11:50am Wednesday, August 7, 2013
It may be August, but we still have three weeks of good weather for reading by the lake or under the shade tree in your backyard.
So, what books should you use to fill these final few weeks of summer with? Well, I asked some of our library staff what their favorite summer reads have been in order to pass on a recommended reads list to you, just in case your “must read” pile is dwindling along with the hot summer days.
• The Astronaut Wives Club, by Lily Koppel (nonfiction) — Koppel’s look at the wives of NASA’s astronauts during the ’60s and ’70s is fascinating.
Life magazine had a contract to follow the wives around and the women were under a lot of pressure to appear as perfect housewives despite their stressful lives. Koppel interviewed many of the women to write this revealing portrait of the personal lives of astronauts and their families. (Recommended by Katelyn, Adult Services Librarian)
• Her Last Breath, by Linda Castillo (fiction) — In Linda Castillo’s latest book, she weaves a tale of intrigue and mystery as, Kate Burkholder, Police Chief in Painter’s Mill works to unravel the mystery and answer the questions surrounding the death of an Amish Deacon and his two children.
This book is a great mystery as well as providing another good insight into the daily life of the Amish community. (Recommended by Peggy, Library Assistant)
• In The Nanny’s Homecoming, by Linda Goodnight (fiction), you’ll meet the Clayton family. This is the first book of six in the “Rocky Mountain Heirs” series.
The greatest fortune of all is love, as you’ll see in these stories. (Recommended by Mary Jo, Library Assistant)
• The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman (fiction) — Gaiman’s newest offering is a wistful journey where the lines of good and evil and fantasy and reality are blurred and intertwined.
A man returns to his childhood home in England where his memories take him back to a place where a pond is really an ocean and the Hempstocks, three generations of magical women, live on an otherworldly farm at the end of his lane.
I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book (narrated by the author) as Gaiman is the epitome of storytelling. (Recommended by Arielle, Youth Librarian)
• The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate (juvenile fiction) — Told in a simplistic style by a gorilla in a tiny, circus-themed mall, this is a story of hope and courage.
You will fall in love with the characters and find yourself rooting for their spirit and well being. (Recommended by Emily, Assistant Librarian)
• The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (fiction). This is not a new title, but one I have had on my “must read” list for quite a while (years really … ).
I have found that the way the book is written, in letters, is perfect for catching a quick few minutes of reading here and there. I also enjoy the mix of fiction and historical fact — my favorite kind of read. The book is set on Guernsey Island post World War II and traces the chance correspondence between an author looking for her next book subject and residents of the island who formed an ad hoc literary society in order to evade the German occupiers. Overall, a charming summer read. (Erin, Director)
• Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Throne, George R. R. Martin’s series, book one (fiction — Haven’t read it yet? Now is the time. Fantasy and historical fiction lovers will both enjoy this novel rich in fascinating characters, intrigue, love, hate, war, and gods.
Great storytelling by a master of the science fiction genre. (Deborah, Library Assistant)
I hope this list has inspired you to add a few titles to your reading list. If so, come on down to the library and we’d be happy to check a title out to you.
Or, visit us virtually at ffpubliclibrary.org and check-out a title in eBook or downloadable audiobook format.
Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.