Summer Reading

School’s out for summer and days of leisure lie ahead. Why not take advantage of the downtime to escape into a great book? SAU library owns many volumes worthy of your perusal. Need some advice on what to read? Here’s what our Library Staff recommends:

Leslie:

I’m reading two books right now. I am well into a print copy of Ken Follett’s World Without End, which is a sequel to one of my all time favorite reads Pillars of the Earth. I have also started listening to an audio version of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. So far they are both excellent.

Joyce:

This is an older title, but I just love the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I am a sucker for a story that involves a dog, but Enzo is not your ordinary canine because he narrates the story and would really love to have opposable thumbs. Audio books are not a format that I usually seek out, but the narrator, Christopher Evan Welch did a marvelous job of bringing Enzo to life. To read more about this book go to http://www.garthstein.com/arr/excerpts.php

Susan:

My picks would be Bossypants by Tina Fey, Happiness at Work by Jessica Pryce-Jones, American Quilts, a Democratic Art by Robert Shaw, and Google Docs 4 Everyone by Steven Holzner.

Courtney:

Right now, I’m reading:
Room, by Emma Donoghue
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson

One of my goals is to finally read House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski. I’ve put in for an ILL!

For those that love adventure novels (and audiobooks!) I highly recommend the Bloody Jack series, narrated by Katherine Kellgrin. A fantastic young adult series, read by a fantastic actor!

Mary recommends:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
BossyPants by Tina Fey
Finger Lickin Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

Stella likes:

Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston
The Relic by Preston & Child
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman &Terry Pratchett
Bossypants by Tina Fey

What are you reading this summer? We’d love to know. Please take a moment to comment on this post.

Happy reading!

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4 Responses to Summer Reading

  1. Right now, I’m reading:

    Room, by Emma Donoghue
    A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
    The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson

    One of my goals is to finally read House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski. I’ve put in for an ILL!

    For those that love adventure novels (and audiobooks!) I highly recommend the Bloody Jack series, narrated by Katherine Kellgrin. A fantastic young adult series, read by a fantastic actor!

  2. Malavika says:

    Reading an interesting book by Miranda Kennedy, ‘Sideways on a scooter : life and love in India’.

    On ‘to read’ list is Michio Kaku’s, ‘Physics of the futre : how science will shape human destiny and our daily lives by the year 2100.’ Very simply written…
    (#SAUReads11)

  3. Barb Kuttler, Reference Librarian says:

    In reading Message from an unknown Chinese mother : Stories of loss and love by Xinran (HQ759 .X56 2011 on NEW BOOKS shelf), my mother’s heart is resonating with the stories of loss and longing told by mothers who had given up their daughters in adoption, and the daughters who wonder about those severed ties to their Chinese mothers. The author, a radio journalist when she lived in China, was largely brought up by others during China’s Cultural Revolution, and has felt a lifelong lack of a loving relationship with her mother. If you’d like to travel beyond blanket judgment of the Chinese preference for sons and the (now amended) One-Child policy of the Chinese government, this book will help you understand the complexities of this issue, as well as gain a window into the hearts of Chinese mothers.

    There are also a couple of titles on the library’s Kindle (did you realize you can check out a Kindle on your SAU ID from the circulation/checkout desk?) that you might enjoy:
    Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (it’s also in print in our Leisure Reading Collection, behind the wall behind the reference desk) by the always entertaining Mary Roach, whose other works of ‘creative nonfiction’ include Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (R853.H8 R635 2003) and Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void (which you can borrow from another library and have it sent here); and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, an epic historical romance set in turn-of-the-19th century Japan. Prepare to be transported!

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