Some summer reading suggestions
Garfield County Libraries’ summer reading program for adults, teens and kids starts this week and lasts through July. Here are some recommendations from your local librarians.
A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab
This is a fun fantasy which draws you in with great characters, and keeps you hooked once they unite on a grand adventure to save the land. It’s the story of four Londons in parallel worlds where magic survives to different degrees: Black London was destroyed, White London is starving, Red London thrives, and Gray London lives in ignorance. Enter Kell, who can travel between worlds, and Delilah, a scrappy thief in search of adventure. For a fun and engrossing summer read, look no further.
Suggested by Carbondale Branch Manager Mollie Roache.
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
It is not often that a writer truly captures experience through all the senses, but as we follow the lives of the two main characters and a few side characters, Anthony Doerr does just that. Marie-Laure, a blind Parisian girl coming of age during World War II, loses her vision at the age of 6. Her experience of the world is entirely through touch, smell and sound, as she flees Paris with her father. Werner is a young German orphan trapped between the certain future of death in a mine and the hope that his aptitude for fixing radios might win him something better. There is also a Nazi’s relentless hunt for a missing cursed diamond and a strange radio broadcast that ties all of the characters together, making this book a unique, beautiful, and moving experience of WWII through the senses of people caught up in forces beyond their control.
Suggested by Glenwood Library associate Gabriel Tamaska.
The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz
Twists, turns and changing identities take the reader around dark bends when Tanya Dubois abandons the still warm body of her husband (who died an accidental death) at the bottom of the stairs and leaves town, changing her name and appearance. When Blue, a bartender recognizes her as someone living incognito they trade identities and she finds herself with another dead body. Perhaps her newest identity is more dangerous to keep than the last one. This fast-paced thriller takes her across the country and back to her original home where a devastating secret is finally revealed.
Suggested by New Castle Branch Manager Di Herald.
The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
My recommendation is a fun book that I dare you to read to your kids without having one or all of you laugh. “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak challenges the assumption that kids need to see pictures as they read a story. Instead, the focus is on the sounds words make and the fact that the author uses you, the reader, as a puppet to say some goofy things. There is one catch to making this book “work”: You must read aloud everything that is printed on the page. You may end up reading this book more than once.
Suggested by Rifle Branch Manager Dan Mickelson.
Good Night Yoga, by Mariam Gates;
and Sitting Still Like a Frog, by Eline Snel
Did the school year run you ragged? Is the summer schedule is piling up? Here are two beautiful books which will help your family slow down and practice mindfulness. The picture book “Good Night Yoga” by Mariam Gates is a bedtime story with illustrated poses and breathing exercises to help your child wind down from a fun-filled day. “Sitting Still Like a Frog” by Eline Snel teaches parents how to introduce mindfulness meditation into daily family routine.
Suggested by Parachute Branch Manger Sara Francis.
The Emerald Mile, by Kevin Fedarko
This book is full of history and adventure, a near catastrophic dam failure, epic whitewater, and a race to accomplish the fastest descent of the Colorado River during unprecedented high water.
The adventure takes place in a small wooden dory that was destined for the scrap heap until a top oarsman brought her back to life.
Your heart will race, and you will gain deep respect for the skill involved in guiding a boat down the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.
Suggested by Technical Services Manager Amy Shipley.
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
Ove was loved and understood by one woman, his wife of many years. When his wife dies, Ove plans to commit suicide but is interrupted by the new neighbors who are driving in the lane between the houses where no vehicles are permitted.
Ove must stop this errant behavior prior to taking his own life. So begins a hilarious adventure of a grumpy old man interacting with his new neighbors without the softening effects of his wife’s presence.
Suggested by interim Executive Director Sandi Kister.
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