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Summer is a good time for reading. Whether you want something light or life-changing to read on the beach or your bedroom, there are about four million lists of summer reads floating around on the internet.
There’s a little overlap (State of Wonder by Ann Patchett is on pretty much every list), but perusing lists is a great way to stumble upon new books. You can see SMCL’s summer reading list and even add to it by tagging your favorite books with the word “summer.” Here’s a quick screencast on how to start tagging.
- Can’t get over Oprah’s departure from daytime? Lovers of women's fiction should check out O Magazine's Summer Reading List.
- A variety of writer’s recall their most memorable holiday reads for The Guardian. I particularly like Jennifer Egan’s about reading The Secret History.
- NPR has a ridiculously comprehensive line up of summer book lists including the best of cookbooks, crime, sci-fi and science.
- Suspense and thriller readers, try CNN's Hot Summer Reads.
- USA Today Summer Reads has suggestions that run the gamut from celebrity authors and beach reads to sports and literary fiction.
- The Daily Beast has its 10 Must-Read Summer Books.
- Flavorpill has its 10 Most Anticipated Summer Reads.
Not Just for Kids
The Library’s Summer Reading Program is not just for kids (though the programs for kids and teens are awesome). SMCL also has a great Summer Reading Program for adults--just sign up at your library and then submit the titles and comments on the books you’ve read to enter the weekly drawing. There are also lots of exciting events at the Library for all ages this summer.
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Nicole Pasini has worked on library programs and collections for teens, children, and adults. She will be reading both light and life-changing books while on the beach and in bed this summer.