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Favorite Summer Reads from the Adult Summer Reading Program
You read them... you rated them... and here they are - a selection of the best reviewed books of the summer. Enjoy!
Pawley’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
"Great characters, paybacks & humor! Makes a good combo"
Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips
"Details of a real serial killer woven into a good read!"
Matched by Ally Condie
"Couldn’t put it down!"
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
"Loved it! The characters were hilarious and charming!"
Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey by Trudy Harris
"This is a glorious book."
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
"Best book I have ever read and I have read a lot of books."
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"My favorite book. Reread it every summer."
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
"Very informative. Leaves you with a lot to think about."
A Daughter’s Redemption by Georgiana Daniels
"Excellent take on forgiveness."
Abundance: a novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
"Wonderful recreation of life of Marie Antoinette – imagine her as a "real woman" – what was she feeling?"
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
"Really good Bio/Fiction of her grandmother – a real western tough lady!"
Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
"Interesting & insightful"
Target by Baldacci
"Excellent twists in plot"
Live by Night by Lehane
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Hunting Wind by Steve Hamilton
"Great murder mystery with Michigan settings. Lots of plot twists."
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
"Wonderful read! Riveting."
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark
"Great book. Love the Reagan Reilly series."
Tip-off by Filip Bondy
"Fun read for the basketball fan."
Calico Joe by John Grisham
"A great read for the baseball fan."
Night Game by Christine Feehan
"if you like a fast moving keeps you up all night book this is your book I loved it"
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
"I have to say this Sexiest series of stories I've EVER read! I love her writing!!"
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks
"I love all Maya's Books and this one is no different if you like a highlander romance you need to read this one"
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
"Bet Me was the first book I have read by Jennifer Crusie and I have to say I will be getting more books by her I like a book that you can see yourself in. very good book"
Burn by Maya Banks
"By far this is my favorite book of the series. I would tell anyone that likes a hot book this is for you"
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
"Very good book. Quick Read. Funny. A somewhat estranged family sits Shiva together for seven days after their father passes away. Being made into a movie starring Jason Bateman."
Island Promises by RaeAnne Thayne
"Definite beach read!"
Power Play by Danielle Steel
"One of the best contemporary D.S. books I've read in a while! Full of surprises!"
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
"A real heartwarmer. A teenage foster girl steals a book from the library and has to do community service. She helps an older lady clean out her attic and she learns that the lady was an orphan too and they become unlikely friends."
Accident by Chris Pavone
"Author of Expats (a favorite of mine) has done it again. A fast paced thriller with a surprising ending. My summer favorite so far."
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
"As usual, so much better than the movie"
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
"I really enjoyed the book because it tied in the meanings of flowers (popular in Victorian times) to florists of the present time. It had some unusual characters that I enjoyed learning more about and their relationships with each other. I would read it again."
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
"A great thriller!"
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter
"Absolutely her best book ever. Emma offers an Amish quilting class and winds up with a crazy mix of students she'll never forget."
Catching Her Heart by Carolyne Aarsen
"Complicated tale of reunited love. For the right person, a very deep love story."
Home to Montana by Charlotte Carter
"Nice handling of PTSD in a fluffy romance. Well thought out plotlines and worth the read."
Rancher's Refuge by Linda Goodnight
"Nice to hear a story about a good guy through and through."
The Night I Got Lucky by Laura Caldwell
"Thought provoking, what would you do if you suddenly got everything you thought you wanted? This story really made you think about our wants and desires and ask are they the right thing we're seeking."
Courageous by Randy Alcorn
"Very easy read, great moral messages."
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
"Area X sounds like an awesome place yet scary at the same time. Many mysteries to unfold and truths to come out... can't wait for book two :) . I think it's aliens."
White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith
"I thought this book was very entertaining, and the mystery kept me guessing without being too obscure. I liked the protagonist and hope that there will be more books from this author in the future."
Dinosaurs Without Bones by Anthony J. Martin
"This book was very interesting - discussing the study of dinosaur trace fossils. The author managed to make quite a bit of this book lighthearted and witty in addition to being informational and educational. I highly recommend it!"
Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
"About a prosecutor, Rachel Knight, who lives in a hotel in LA and solves crimes with her police officer friend. Third in a series. Very, Very good. This was the best one."
My Song: a memoir by Harry Belafonte
"It was very informative about the stars of the times."
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
"The fifteenth book in Butcher's Dresden Files series is also the best one so far. Suspenseful, fun, and leaves the series in a good place to move forward."
Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
"Loved it. Typical Evanovich!"
Death's Door by Steve Lehto
"If you have heard about the Italian Hall fire this is the book to read. It seems to be more accurate than other materials."
Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
"Very interesting perspective of life in prison. Interesting view of the whole correctional system. Really enjoyed the book. I haven't seen the series, but from what I have been told, the book is nothing like it."
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
"There are some characters you care about and you worry about them as they go through their challenges, and there are other characters that make you keep reading so you can watch them get what they deserve."
The Innocent by Harlan Coben
"AWESOME book!!!!! Keeps you guessing until the very end."
Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans
"Hate that this series is over!!!!"
One Light Still Shines by Marie Monville
"Very easy reading. Loved to hear of the power of God in someone's tragedy."
ALT ED by Catherine Atkins
"This book made me both laugh out loud and cry. And I always enjoy books that make me do both!"