Our Summer Reading Progress Report

We’re more than halfway through our Summer Reading Challenge! Take a look at the books your librarians have been reading (or plan to read) to reach the 4-book goal.

The Senior Book Discussion Group has been doing a lot of traveling lately… in books.

Each month, we’ve been discussing a book that takes place in a different U.S. state. The Return by Nicholas Sparks centers in North Carolina. The Rise of Wolf 8 by Rick McIntyre covers Wyoming and Yellowstone. Everything I Never Told You by Celest Ng takes place in Ohio, while Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt is a tour of the people and places in Savannah, Georgia. August’s book discussion will find us in Hawaii.

Contact the library for more info on our Senior Book Discussion Group. Happy travels!


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My reading nooks are the “old-reliables:” my bed, my couch, the patio; and when I’m feeling less reclusive, at the forest preserve laying on a blanket. June kicked off with: the profound Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro; the insightful Goodbye, Again by Jonny Sun; the searing Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour; and the provocative The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris (read in respective nooks).

I am currently seeking amusement in Glenside’s June Book Club selection, Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell.

On tap for July: S.A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears, Gina Frangello’s Blow Your House Down, and Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties—billed as a “rom/com murder mystery,” because who doesn’t love a cozy featuring a team of sleuthing Asian aunties?

After reading Stephen Graham Jones’s The Only Good Indians last year, I am looking forward to his forthcoming “homage to slasher films,” My Heart Is A Chainsaw due out in August. I may leave the light on for that one…


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I am an audiobook queen in the summer! I listen to books while I do yard work and other chores. I save reading print books for when I actually get to chill somewhere.

I am finishing up Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez on audio for my YA read and Circe by Madeline Miller (yes, I finally am getting to reading this!) in print. My next in the queue is This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry for a YA pick and Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford, an adult memoir.

I am always alternating between fun and serious books depending on my mood.

I am also preparing for an upcoming vacation to Wyoming by re-reading the Longmire series. This classic detective series even has its own festival in Buffalo, WY called Longmire Days!


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I finished The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett for my book club. I was trying not to read anything else until we met so that I wouldn’t confuse characters or forget the story. Book club was postponed.

I can no longer wait to start the book my husband got me for my birthday, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard. I have a couple hiking trips planned this summer and I look forward to bringing it along with me while communing with nature.

I have also been reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover on and off for over two years. I haven’t finished it⁠—not because I’m not enjoying it, but because I am enjoying it so much that I don’t want to finish the story. Does that make sense? That is one of the many benefits of owning a book as opposed to borrowing it, you can take as long as you want to finish it and don’t need to worry if it falls in the hot tub!


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I started the summer by reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. It’s a fantasy novel about a woman who makes a deal with a dark spirit in order to live life on her own terms. Well, the devil is in the details (pun intended), because her wish is granted and she can no longer make a lasting impression on any mortal. Talk about awkward mornings! That is until she meets a man who laughs when she tries to return a book that she was caught stealing from a bookstore.

I just finished Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. It’s a narrative non-fiction book about the personal and costly effects of eviction. It follows both tenants and landlords and ends by advocating for fair housing and the benefits (monetary and communal) of establishing a system free of eviction.

Two more titles to finish my summer reading goal. I have Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala and Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell on my nightstand.

Arsenic and Adobo is a cozy mystery following Lila Macapagal who lends her hand to save the family restaurant when her ex-boyfriend, and food-critic drops dead moments after having a confrontation with Lila.

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague is a novelization of William Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway “Agnes” and the child they lost, Hamnet, and Shakespeare’s decision to abandon Agnes to pursue a career in the theater. Wait, I thought Shakespeare was gay?


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