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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Days... and Summer Nights

For most of us, summer days bring up images of seaside vacations, lazing by the pool and paperback beach reads. But even if your work schedule doesn’t allow you to get away, you can escape your everyday routine by picking up a great read from one of these sizzling summer authors.

For a Nantucket get-away, immerse yourself in a novel by Elin Hilderbrand. You’ll experience love, loss, friendship and redemption in a luxurious, historic island setting.  Her novels are the perfect beach-side interlude.
Not all heroines are slim and seventeen. Jennifer Weiner’s  smart, funny characters deal with the complexities of life and love from a plus-size perspective. You’ll find witty but ultimately touching treatments of friendship, family and fidelity in her novels.
While we may not all want to be seventeen again, there is something about the emotional intensity of young love that’s delightful to revisit. Sarah Dessen highlights both the joys and traumas of youth with books that take you on a sweet yet realistic travel through time.

For a more continental flare, British author Jojo Moyes delivers bitter-sweet novels primarily set in England. Her engaging characters embark on journeys of self-discovery and romance. Her books often feature parallel narratives and mysterious family secrets.
If you prefer dark suspense over romance, delve into the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. Her police procedurals deliver intense psychological insight with intricate plotting. Fans of Stieg Larsson and Gillian Flynn will enjoy how French highlights the gritty realities of modern Irish life.

This summer remember not to let kids have all the summer reading fun – several library branches feature summer reading programs for adults as well as kids.  Check out our event calendar  to see how you can earn a reward while you read. (Tip: Search for ‘adult summer reading’.)
--Rebecca Wolff, Centreville Regional Library

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