As someone who has gone through Summer at the Library nine times now, I have to say it is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s busy and bright and full of children. We missed that last year!

At the library, of course, we are talking about reading all year, but we dial that up in the summer. We are tallying books read and rewarding readers! Behind the scene, library staff are sharing their reading habits and what is on their lists, too. Here are a few of the titles staff have read this summer:

“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth

I enjoyed [“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”] a lot, with the first-person narrative and very vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was experiencing what the narrator is seeing; hearing; smelling; and tasting, so much so that sometimes I felt it was a bit overly descriptive; I liked that the characters felt very real, and not at all black and white; but I didn’t like the open ending as I wanted to know what happened next: I recommend this book to people who enjoy stories about characters growing up, figuring out who they are, and also looking for something to read during Pride month this month.

— Ashley, Information Services

“Dear Martin” by Nic Stone

“The Six Sacred Stones” by Matthew Reilly

“The Tribulations of August Barton” by Jennifer LeBlanc

“Beach Read” by Emily Henry

Rival authors spend the summer in neighboring beach homes.  Both in a bit of funk trying to write their next book, they decide to switch genres as a bet to see who can write and sell a book first. To do this, they end up spending a lot of time together and go on adventures to help each other out. What could go wrong?

— Heather, Youth Services

“The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern

“Shogun” by James Clavell

“Nature Girl” by Carl Hiaasen

“Dusk Night Dawn” by Anne Lamott

Reading Anne Lamott always tears down my barriers a bit, and I think I needed that after a year of uncertainty and distancing. If you need a little reassurance, this is a gentle read.

— Amy

“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech

“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

“Brushfire” by Craig Alanson

For the last two years, my guilty pleasure has been listening to the sci-fi series Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson on Audible, narrated by the acclaimed R.C. Bray. I just finished Brushfire and am excited to listen to the next installment, Breakaway, to see what kind of trouble Captain Joe Bishop, Skippy the Magnificent, and the “Merry Band of Pirates” cause in the universe next. 

— Amanda, Circulation

“Girls Play to Win Volleyball” by Chros McDougall

“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

“The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah

“God of Manna by Deaus Lamb

There is a lot of reading yet to be done this summer. If you are looking for more ideas, try out our Your Next Read services to receive a customized reading list. All you have to do is fill out a simple form about your preferences.

Happy reading!