Recommended Summer Reading for Adults--from members of the LM_NET listserv

This list is from members of the LM_NET listserv where thousands of librarians hang out worldwide. They recommend the following adult and young adult titles for summer 2012 reading for librarians and adults:

Patricia McCormick’s new one—Never Fall Down, Balzer & Bray (publisher), ISBN-13: 978-0061730931
_Look Again_ by Lisa Scottoline

Trail of the spellmans by Lisa Lutz isbn: 978-1451608120

Audition by Barbara Walters isbn: 978-0307266460 (this is not a new book, but from 2008)

Rules of Civilty by Amor Towles isbn: 978-0670022694

Secret Daughter by Shilip Somaya Gowda
c. 2010
two women from two cultural backgrounds are bound by one daughter - Indian birth mother and US adoptive mother . An excellent story about families, culture, society etc. Universal appeal

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
c. 2007
a great satirical and humorous look at politics and the winning of the race in a constituency.. Canadian political system featured but had many of the PR etc issues and back room deals that would appeal to any reader in the democratic world.

The Accident by Linwood Barclay
c. 2011
great Cdn mystery/thriller writer

An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
c. 2012
new love for a woman in her 60's


I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui
c. 2010
biography of Nujood and her fight to be allowed (and eventually granted) a divorce in Yemon.

Until Tuesday
by Luis Montalvan
c. 2011 - Luis Montalvan is an American war vet from the Iraqi war with PTSD. As such he qualifies for a service dog - Tuesday. Great insight into service dogs and PTSD

Thunder Dog
The True Story of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
by Michael Hingson
c. 2011
great bio of an incredible man and his role in life and his dog Thunder.

The Time in Between by Maria Duenas I loved this book, what an
absorbing and interesting read, highly recommend!
Published New York : Atria, 2011.
Edition 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Format 615 p. ; 24 cm.
LCCN 2011-19250
ISBN 1-45161688-0
"Sira Quiroga decides to follow her lover to Morocco bound for an exotic
life only to be abandoned there just as World War II is starting, alone
and penniless she does the one thing she knows how to do and becomes a
coutuier and returns to Madrid where she designs clothes for Nazi
officers' wives and she becomes entangled in a world of espionage and
political conspiracy."~from Destiny

The Book Whisperer
by Donnalyn Miller a professional read but well worth it!
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah and Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Multiple votes:
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern to the adult list. Great novel. Title: The n
Publisher: Doubleday, p2011, c2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-53463-5

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and it was an incredible book. Tearjerker though, would not recommend for reading out in the world, haha. It's so nice that you're doing this!

The Tiger's Wife: A Novel by Tea Obreht, Random House Trade Paperbacks 978-0385343848

I would highly recommend Wither (and its sequel Fever) by Lauren DeStefano for the YA list. I loved Legend by Marie Lu. I also liked Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.

On Folly Beach
The Beach Trees
both by Karen White

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Adult reads:

McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife. Gave me a real appreciation for Hemingway and the 20's.

Smith, Alexander McCall. The entire 44 Scotland Street series. Clever language, hilarious plots and twists, and the fabulous setting of everyday Edinburgh. Light reading at its best.

Walls, Jeannette. Half Broke Horses. If you have read The Glass Castle, this is a must follow-up, a fictionalized account based on true family history of Walls's mother's background.

Weiner, Jennifer. Fly Away Home. A politician's wife learns about and deals with infidelity.

YA reads:

Littman, Sarah Darar. Want To Go Private? A gripping account of a young teen who meets 'the wrong person' online. (I heard the author speak at our state SLM convention and was impressed with the research she did for the book.)

Nelson, Jandy. The Sky Is Everywhere. A realistic treatment of teenagers' grief and closure.
I'd recommend:

Tom Perrotta - The Leftovers

Seth Grahame-Smith - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Rae Carson - Girl of Fire and Thorn

Deborah Harkness - A Discoverie of Witches

Read Stephen King's 11/22/63 this spring -- loved it. Those who think King is a fantastic writer but don't like his horror stuff should really enjoy this one. Also, anyone who was a youngster or a young adult during that time will appreciate the setting.

Definitely adult or mature upperclassman to fully appreciate it.


Defending Jacob: A Novel
by William Landay
Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H Balson
The Dry Grass of August
by Anna Jean Mayhew
A Vintage Affair: A Novel
by Isabel Wolff
The Lost Wife
by Alyson Richman
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
by Helen Simonson
Calico Joe
by John Grisham
The Kitchen House: A Novel
by Kathleen Grissom
Those Who Save Us
</b>by Jenna Blum
The Language of Flowers: A Novel
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
by Heidi W. Durrow
by James Rollins
A Walk Across the Sun
by Corban Addison

Young Adult

The Water Wars
by Cameron Stracher
Birthmarked (Birthmarked Trilogy)
by Caragh M. O'Brien
Fever (Chemical Garden)
by Lauren DeStefano
Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust (Edward E. Elson Classic)
by Eve Bunting
by Andy Mulligan
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
by Mike A. Lancaster
by Suzanne Weyn
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
(Girl of Fire and Thorns - Trilogy)
by Rae Carson

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (a few years old but worthwhile!)

Drop Dead Healthy (One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection) by A.J. Jacobs—funniest writer since Sedaris! (Editor at large Esquire magazine)

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