The summer reading season is well underway. July is almost here, and I am getting the July book cart ready to order. Last chance for July acquisition requests!
Aside from the Usual Suspects, Baldacci, Lescroart, Patterson, Picoult, and other stock bestsellers, we have a few locally recommended titles getting excellent word-of-mouth reviews from our patrons. On a patron recommendation we picked up some sharp new beach reads by Kim Gruenenfelder, including Misery Loves Cabernet.
Genre fiction can be streaky–while many vampire novels have hit the bestseller lists, local demand is oddly flat for the fanged fiction. Still, Justin Cronin’s new release The Passage has been gaining readership this spring. Weighing in at 766 pages, it has received many favorable comparisons to Stephen King’s classic, The Stand. Even so, John Sayle’s new release A Moment in the Sun has the summer doorstopper award at 955 pages.
Camilla Läckberg and Jo Nesbo are vying to fill the bestselling suspense thriller chasm left by Steig Larssen. Speaking of classic suspense–Alistair MacLean’s early novels are being re-released this year, including When Eight Bells Toll. MacLean was my first introduction to crack suspense thrillers after Conan Doyle–his storytelling still holds up.
The newest nonfiction title to take off recently is Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts–this book isn’t your garden-variety beach read. The author of Devil in the White City turns his focus on pre-WWII Germany, as the new American Ambassador, history professor William E. Dodd, takes his post in Berlin. Larson follows Hitler’s ascent from the perspective of the naive ambassador and his wholly unprepared family. There has also been a high demand for Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Mortenson, which portray some characters with local connections. Local connections don’t always guarantee heavy local interest–Paul Allen’s autobiography, Idea Man, has so far been received with comparatively mild interest.
Summer coincides with symphony season (The Ninth by Harvey Sachs), baseball season (The Physics of Pitching by Len Solesky), and fishing season (No Shortage of Good Days by John Gierach.) While you’re waiting for the floodstage on the Wood to go down, grab a manual on tying flies, and check it out.
What’s on your reading radar this summer?