What Will You Read This Summer?

I have a stack of books and an even longer list to read over the summer – how about you? A great way to “keep reading” when you’re active is to listen to an audiobook. There are some wonderful readers out there who do an incredible job of transporting  you. It’s an awesome way to be active and read at the same time!

Here are some suggestions for great reads for the summer:

Non Fiction:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers —   by Katherine Boo — Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting“ in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” — will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

Missoula – Jon Krakauer  — Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the skepticism directed at them by police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. These stories cut through abstract ideological debate about acquaintance rape to demonstrate that it does not happen because women are sending mixed signals or seeking attention. They are victims of a terrible crime, deserving of fairness from our justice system. Rigorously researched, rendered in incisive prose, Missoula stands as an essential call to action.

Data and Goliath — Bruce Schneier  —The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we’re offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry — Neil Tyson deGrasse  — What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Fiction:

Everything, Everything — Nicola Yoon — My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.  But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him.

Strange the Dreamer – Lani Taylor — The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

Heartless — Marissa Meyer —  Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen. Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Flame in the Mist — Renee Aheidh — The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath. So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed. But Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood — Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

The Night Circus — Erin Morgenstern — (one of my favorites!! especially the audio version) The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.  Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

The Hate U Give — Angie Thomas — Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gang-banger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Pick a book, or five, and read or listen to it this summer! You won’t regret it!

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Throne of Glass series

Book 1: Throne of Glass

Caleana Sardothien, young female assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier. After a year, however, she is given an opportunity by the prince: If she wins a contest to become the king’s champion, she will be granted a four-year contract, working as an assassin for the empire she hates, at the end of which time she will be freed. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Each book in the series changes Celaena and all of the other characters – in unforseen ways with intrigue, magic and death surrounding them all. Full of action, strong characters and many twists, it’s a fast-paced engaging series.

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Crown of Midnight – Book 2

Heir of Fire – Book 3

Queen of Shadows – Book 4

Empire of Storms – Book 5

Book 6 – out in September 2017

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Heartless

“One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad.”

What a creative prequel to Alice in Wonderland! While I’m not a huge Alice fan, I loved this!

Catherine wants to open a bakery — but her station in life AND her parents won’t allow it. Instead,  as Lady Catherine, she is to be engaged to the King of Hearts, which is not what she wants at all. She meets Jest, the King’s new joker, and her world begins to change – subtly at first, then radically. More and more magical things begin to occur, more terrifying things also happen in the land of Hearts. Will Catherine open her bakery? Will she truly fall in love with Jest? Will her parents ever allow it?  Will Hatter ever fully trust Lady Catherine? Can Catherine determine her own destiny?

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Snow White – a graphic novel

“It is 1928, & the glitz & glam of show business in pre-Depression era NYC is in full swing. The lights are bright for the financiers & those who entertain them, & life seems good in the big city. But in one house, a little girl named Samantha is sent away by her cold, ruthless stepmother, & she does not return until it’s too late. the market has crashed, her father is gone, & her stepmother is more desperate for wealth & attention than ever.”

Matt Phelan has created a graphic novel retelling of Snow White with a creative twist – one that is moody & dark, like the heart of the Snow’s stepmother, the Zigfield Follies star. Phelan spoke in depth about this book at the WWU Children’s Literature Conference in February. It’s pretty amazing to watch the thought process of a work in progress – even if it is after the fact. His work clearly evokes a strong sense of the bleakness of Snow White as a story, & of the Depression Era life. It is a visually rich retelling!  Book Trailersnowwhitecover

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Book Reviews

Reviews of new books in the library — or reviews of books we love! If  you have a review of a book you love, send it to me in the library, and I’ll post it for you!

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