Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Reading & Beach Books: lists for readers

Summer brings at least two kinds of book lists: the dreaded summer reading assignment for students and the more happily anticipated 'beach books'  for leisure reading. Summer also brings many articles which list books readers might like to read on their summer vacation.

NPR recommends '5 New Mysteries Return to the Scene of the Crime'. The Confession, an Ian Rutledge mystery by Charles Todd sounds like a series for Agatha Christie fans. Rutledge is an Inspector at Scotland Yard and a WWI veteran. The back story reminds me of Jacqueline Winspear's popular Maisie Dobbs mystery series.

NPR has other books suggestions on their Critics' Lists: Summer 2012. One title that keeps popping up on these lists is Mark Haddon's (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) new book The Red House. Haddon's book is included in NPR's list 'Literary Look Ahead: 13 Great Books on the Horizon.'

The online news site Daily Beast offers a slide show of 22 enticing titles in 'Best Summer Reads 2012.' Gold, a novel by Chris Cleave (Little Bee) takes place during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and will appeal to the author's fans and track bicycling enthusiasts.

The L.A. Times has a nice article on summer reading divided by age group and genre or subject.

What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Let us know and we will put your suggestion on our Pinterest board for summer reading.

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