“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” – Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Summer has officially arrived and with it comes longer, slower days. Whether you are lounging by the pool, sitting with your toes in the sand, on a plane headed to a fun destination, or just relaxing at home in your favorite reading spot, summer is the perfect time to lose yourself in the pages of an engaging book. Every year there are countless options available and choosing just the right one can feel daunting. Our summer reading list offers something for everyone and should make your selections a little easier.

FICTION

Summers at the Saint

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is known as the Queen of Beach Reads, and her latest novel is an intriguing mix of mystery and romance in which long-buried secrets are revealed at the St. Cecelia, a luxury resort on a small island off the coast of Georgia. Fully developed characters and vivid imagery are trademarks of an MKA novel, and this one continues the tradition.

 

A Gamble at Sunset

Vanessa Riley

Vanessa Riley, 2023 Georgia Literary Fiction Author of the Year, is an acclaimed and prolific author in multiple genres including historical fiction, mystery, and romance. Fans of the Bridgerton series will be enthralled by this first installment in the “Betting Against the Duke” trilogy which features a duke, three sisters, and a bet that will dramatically change their lives. It received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly based on the well-researched details, diverse cast, and enchanting romance.

 

Middle of the Night

Riley Sager

New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager returns with another thriller that will keep you turning pages and looking over your shoulder. A man returns to his former neighborhood thirty years after the disappearance of his best friend. He quickly realizes that dark secrets remain in the community and that he will never be safe until he solves the mysteries of both the past and the present.


NON-FICTION

Night Flyer: Harriet Tubman and the Faith Dreams of a Free People

Tiya Miles

Harriet Tubman is mainly known for her dedication to freeing the enslaved via the Underground Railroad. National Book Award winner Tiya Miles has written a lyrical biography that examines Tubman’s faith, her life experiences, and her relationship with nature to provide insight on the myriad factors that led her to become a revolutionary figure in history.

 

When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion

Julie Satow

This is a riveting biography of the women who were instrumental in the success of three famous departments stores in New York City from the 1920s to the 1970s. Julie Satow’s impeccable research shows how impactful they were as tastemakers despite the struggles they faced. Although it is non-fiction, this one reads like a novel.


YOUNG ADULT

Looking For Smoke

K.A. Cobell

A young woman is missing from the Blackfeet Reservation, and another is murdered during a festival. Four teenagers with connections to both girls are unhappy with the way authorities are handling the investigation and decide to apprehend the killer themselves. This outstanding debut is inspired by the real Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement and written by an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. Told from multiple points of view, it is layered and compelling with a powerful conclusion.


MIDDLE GRADES

Olivetti

Allie Millington

This tender and heartwarming tale is about a boy, a typewriter that has been in his family for years, and the journey they share after a life-changing event. The novel covers the before and after experiences of the Brindle family, but it is told from the perspective of the typewriter. Although this book is classified as juvenile fiction, it would make an excellent read aloud for family members to enjoy together.


PICTURE BOOKS

Not My Cat

Stacey Patton

Based on the author’s real experience, this is a charming story about a woman who receives frequent visits from a stray cat. She insists that her lifestyle is too busy to adopt the cat, but she continues to provide food and shelter for the cat whenever it shows up. As time progresses they form a special bond, but when the cat fails to show up for several days the woman realizes her feline friend has found a home in her heart.

 

Summer Is Here

Renée Watson

This delightful story is a celebration of summer seen through the eyes of a child. The rhythmic prose and beautiful illustrations are an ode to the joys and pleasures of a summer day from sunrise to sundown.


These are a few titles to jumpstart your summer reading, but you can find many others at your local library or independent bookstore.

The Sequoyah Regional Library System has a full schedule of summer reading programming with reading challenges for all ages and the opportunity to win prizes from now through July 31. For information about the Summer Discovery Challenge and individual branch events, visit SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org/SummerDiscovery.

FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock also has a wide range of events planned to entertain readers throughout the summer including book club group meetings and family story times, as well as author talks and book signings. According to owner Karen Schwettman, “The summer is such a great time to read, whether you are looking to relax with a romantic comedy, stay on the edge of your seat with a thriller, or delve into a historical fiction or fantasy read. Many people ask for beach reads, and we like to say you can read whatever you would like at the beach! At Fox Tale Book Shoppe, our favorite thing is to recommend books that we think you will love.”

Visit the FoxTale Book Shoppe website for more details or stop by the store in downtown Woodstock. FoxTale Book Shoppe is located at 105 East Main Street, Suite 138. Its hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

 

 

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