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Summer Reading Suggestions

 It is July and summer is in full swing. All of you students, teachers and workaholics who often say they don't have time for pleasure reading now have no more excuses! School is out and summer is vacation time for almost everyone. If you are ready to delve back into reading then our bookstore staff has the following suggestions for you. The majority of books on our list are chosen for entertainment and fun. If you are looking for a page turner for that long flight or something great to read while sitting by the pool or camping, then I hope you will find a book or author on the list that fits the bill.


My number one choice for fun reading is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I challenge you to read one of her twenty four books and not laugh out loud. Stephanie Plum is a very inept bounty hunter living and working in New Jersey. There is a very funny cast of family members and other characters who regularly get caught up in all sorts of crazy shenanigans. Start with the first book, One For The Money, and laugh your way through the entire series.


Denise, our paranormal expert, suggests reading the Gail Carriger series The Parasol Protectorate featuring Alexia Tarabotti. This series falls in the steampunk/fantasy/romance category. Denise says they are a great lighthearted, funny and fast paced read. There are five books to enjoy in this series.


Another choice of mine are two series by bestselling author David Baldacci. The first series of five books features Will Robie, a hit man called in by the US government when all other tactics have failed. He is joined by the equally lethal Jessica Reel. I highly recommend this action adventure series and can almost guarantee the first book in the series, The Innocent, will get you hooked. The other series by Baldacci that I recommend begins with Memory Man. It features Amos Decker, a former pro football player, who suffers a traumatic head injury that results in hyperthymesia. After going through a very rough patch, he eventually becomes a top notch police detective aided by his perfect memory and inability to forget anything.


Curtis recommends Dragon's Teeth by Michael Crichton. The Library Journal review calls it “A fast-paced page-turner that showcases Crichton’s singular ability to combine action, science, and history into one fantastic story. Fans will be thrilled, while new readers will discover what makes his books so enthralling.” (Library Journal) Curtis also recommends the Elvis Cole mystery series by Robert Crais.


On face value my next recommendation, A Man Called Ove, might not seem to fall in the category of fun summer reading. The main character is an old curmudgeon who spends most of the book attempting to commit suicide following the death of his beloved wife. It is actually a very heartwarming and life affirming story that Booklist called "The most charming book of the year." (2014)

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Shirley has four authors to suggest: Lillian Jackson Braun who is the author of the popular lighthearted “Cat Who mystery series, Earlene Fowler who writes a series of quilting mysteries, Sherryl Woods who has written over 100 novels of small town southern life and Debbie Macomber who is a prolific writer of award winning romances.


Connie recommends Where'd You Go Bernadette by Marie Semple. It is a wonderful comedy/drama currently being made into a movie starring Cate Blanchett. Connie also suggests Fannie Flagg, Erin Hilderbrand and Lorna Landvik as entertaining authors you might enjoy.


If you are a science fiction/fantasy fan, Terry suggests The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett, The Emberverse series by S.M. Stirling and anything written by Stephen Baxter.


Howard encourages those of you who are fans of cozy mysteries to try Sophie Kelly, Bailey Cates and Jim & Joyce Lavene.


If you prefer more serious literature, I recommend All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy in occupied France in World War 11. The story is so compelling it becomes difficult to put the book down.


If you are not a fan of fiction fan or prefer non-fiction for your summer read, I suggest The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The subtitle says it all: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). The four simple agreements can be life changing.


Happy reading! Jill B.

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