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Recommended Reads Weeks 1-3

Looking for something good to read? If you’ve signed up for Summer Reading you’ve probably seen the Recommended Read postcards (if you haven’t, it’s not too late to sign up or start filling out cards!). On the cards, simply let us know what you’re reading and why you would/would not recommend it. You can drop these off at the Information Desk and we draw winners every week for additional Summer Reading prizes. You’re reading anyway; why not try to win? Here’s a sampling of the book suggestions and comments your fellow readers have submitted in the first few weeks. 

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller- This book has been on our cards 3 times already, so patrons are really enjoying this one!

"This simple yet enjoyable book will leave you thankful for your family and good food. The main character uses her talents for baking to help her find the true meaning of family. A bit predictable, still sweet." "Adorable, clean book about a baker who moves to a small town. This story will captivate all readers to want to find out what happens to Olivia Rawlings in the end.” "This is a cute, fun summer read. The baked goods discussed will make your mouth water!"


There have been submissions for a couple different books in the Gaslight Mystery series by author Victoria Thompson, who will be visiting us this Tuesday, June 26. Register here if you’d like to attend.

Murder in the Bowery- "Every bit as good as the previous books in this series! Opening the cover is like stepping into the home of old friends. There are even a few hints about what the next one will deal with. Wonderful!" 

Murder in Little Italy- "Love the Gaslight Mystery books!"

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison- "It is a great psychological thriller story. The surprises keep coming, page after page. It is a great read about marriage and a relationship that needs constant attention and its complexity."

The Archived by Victoria Schwab- "This book is a great mix of the familiar and the new. Wonderfully told, realistic characters, and compelling plot. A tad slow at times but a good story overall."

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate- "A heartbreaking yet redemptive tale of siblings who are torn apart and reconnected. Devastating but hopeful.”

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe- "I read this book because it is on PBS's Great American Read list. I recommend this book because it is written in such a way that while I was not fond of the main character's behavior. I cared about him, his family, and village." (To learn more about the Great American Read and to vote for your favorites, visit PBS's site here)

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray- "An amazing third book in a series about great characters. Seriously spooky but can't wait for the next book."

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah- "The Allbright family moves to rural AK, unprepared and dysfunctional too. Ernt, the Dad, is a Vietnam vet who was a POW, with major emotional issues, the wife gets abused by him but cannot leave him, and Leni their daughter survives, just. Characters are real and heart wrenching."

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: my tale of madness and recovery by Barbara Lipska-  "A personal account of living with and overcoming a mental disorder. Well written and enlightening."

Camp Austen: my life as an accidental Jane Austen superfan by Ted Scheinman- "A fun read into the real life Jane Austen conventions with die-hard fans."

Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson- "Murder mystery of local police officer in Icelandic town. Easy summer read. Good descriptions of Iceland."

Reaper: ghost target by Nicholas Irving- "This was a highly intense thriller that kept me reading until the end. Very cool story."