Staff Picks: Summer Readin’

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SummerReadingMain[1]What could be better on a warm summer day than a comfortable chair in the shade of a large tree, your feet in the grass, a book in one hand and a cold glass of ice tea in the other?  Not much, in my opinion.  So take a look at some of our favorite reads. Then find a tree, pull up a chair and read the afternoon away.

Final Exam by Maggie Barbieri

This is the fourth volume in Maggie Barbieri’s entertaining Murder 101 Mystery which centers on an English professor at a small college near New York City.   Light and humorous, it made an enjoyable and amusing summer read.

The Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

Entertaining and quirky!  It is an easy light read and, if you have read the series from the beginning, it’s like visiting old friends.  Hamish is a constable in the Scottish Highlands who doesn’t want to be promoted and leave his “easy” post where he knows everyone.
Linda, Support Services Manager, Warrenton central library

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

This book is about two men, both named Wes Moore. One is a successful West Point graduate and military leader, and the other, a convicted felon. This is a story about how the choices you make when you’re young affect your future. It outlines both men’s lives- how their fatherless childhoods led them both to become troubled youths and how their mothers had to make difficult decisions concerning their sons’ futures. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting, inspirational story.
–Kim, Accounting Clerk, Warrenton central library

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This is one I discovered through Wowbrary, a great service the library offers its patrons that highlights new materials coming to the library each week.  The description intrigued me, which is saying a lot because this is a psychological thriller and not normally the type of book I read. However it’s a solid story and is well written. I’ve been disappointed when I have seen it repeatedly compared to Gone Girl, which I didn’t like.  The Girl on the Train follows the story of a few interconnected individuals, telling each part of the story from a different character’s view. Given that each of the characters is struggling with his or her own demons and that you don’t always know the connections between the characters until they unfold, it makes for a pretty exciting read.
–Dawn,  Public Services Manager, Warrenton central library 

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions?  Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Additional staff picks and book club roundups are available online. You can also check out the list of titles being read and discussed by our book clubs for ideas and inspiration.

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