Dear Reader: What to read this summer?

Ah, the summer reading list. I don’t mean the one that the kids get from their teacher or school. I mean the one that the grownups get to help with their vacation/travel/beach reading selections. I tend toward murder mysteries in the summer, with a healthy dose of sci-fi. I also look for a classic that I should have read in college, but didn’t. Classics from past years included Les Miserables, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Jungle Book and Just-So Stories, The Three Musketeers, and Doctor Zhivago. This summer? Well, I could finally finish The Last of the Mohicans, or read The Man in the Iron Mask. Then there’s always The Phantom Tollbooth (nope, never read it. I really should have my degree taken away for that!).

If you’re looking for something-ahem- enlightening to read this summer, try this list from NPR: Summer Books 2012. If you ask me (and you often do), I recommend The Age of Miracles, Wife 22, The Language of Flowers, and The Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine, and the murder of a President.

I’ll be coming back with some great galleys from Book Expo in a couple of weeks. I’m hoping to get the sequel to Justin Cronin’s The Passage, titled The Twelve, but there’s a long list of other titles I’m hoping to pick up. We give them away in the adult and teen summer reading drawings, and at the July Cafe Parlez book group meeting, and many are autographed by the author. And don’t forget to consult the Book Pages that the Friends sponsor. Copies are always at the desk, and they do great reviews.

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