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Summer Reading for Adults

Don’t let the kids have all the fun! We’ve got some great books for you to read this summer. Look for the display in the Main Reading Room, or ask one of our librarians to help you find just the right book to read. 

Prizes! Read a book, fill out a review, and be entered to win gift cards, coupons, and more!

Download a review submission form here to print at home, or pick one up at the library.


 Suggested Reading List

Don’t know what to read? Check out this list for ideas:

Popular Fiction

Martine Bailey, An Appetite for Violets

Jo Baker, Longbourn

Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Alison Case, Nelly Dean

Bryn Greenwood, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Paula Hawkins, Into the Water (or) The Girl on the Train

Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

Sadie Jones, The Uninvited Guests

Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty

Jo Nesbo, The Thirst

Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

James Patterson, 16th Seduction

Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things

J.D. Robb, Echoes in Death

Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War

Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

Zadie Smith, Swing Time

Nicholas Sparks, Two By Two

Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Graham Swift, Mothering Sunday

Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

Ruth Ware, The Woman in Cabin 10



Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

R.H. Sin, Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel


Biography & Autobiography

Irin Carmon, Notorious RBG

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Redefining Diva



Mary Beard, SPQR

Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy

Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop

Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology

David Grann, The Lost City of Z

Lin-Manual Miranda, Hamilton: The Revolution

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures

Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy


Award Winning

Paul Beatty, The Sellout

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings

Paulette Jiles, News of the World

Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son

Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning

Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction

Helen MacDonald, H is for Hawk

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Luis Alberto Urrea, The Water Museum

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life