July 2014

Summer Reading Lists

Collage of Summer Reading books

I love reading lists. I love when someone pulls together a list of good books, tells me a little about each one and then lets me choose my next read. I'll take a good reading list any time of the year, but I especially enjoy a summer reading list. Lucky for me, there are plenty of summer reading lists out there. Not only because library summer reading programs are in full swing  (which I also love), but also because summer makes us think of vacations, beaches, relaxing, which brings us to reading.

Time Is of the Essence, Really

One of the most popular action series of recent years was 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland. What set the Fox show apart from other programs was that the action took place in real time, that is, the events shown onscreen represented the same amount of time that it took to watch them. Real time is an interesting narrative strategy. It hasn't been used a lot in TV or film, but several great TV episodes and movies have employed the device expertly.

Book Bingo: Biographies and Memoirs, and Science Fiction or Fantasy

Cover image of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? There are two weeks left, so there's still plenty of time to play. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here! Below you'll find two shelves: Women's Memoirs and Magical Reads. Any titles on the Women's Memoirs shelf will work for the Biography or Memoir space, and if you're interested in other topics, there are additional recommendations here.

Book Bingo: Nonfiction and World Fiction

Cover image of "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've picked up a Book Bingo form, you've seen the variety of reading challenges to complete. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here. Below you'll find two shelves: Bestselling Nonfiction and World Fiction. The Bestselling Nonfiction shelf includes past and present bestsellers, and if you're looking for other suggestions for the nonfiction Bingo space, take a look at these shelves.