Staff Picks: Summer Reading Suggestions
Are you gearing up for summer? It’s just around the corner and this is the perfect time to compile a list of possible reads for lazy summer days. Our Warrenton circulation team is a group of fantastic readers with wide interests and reading preferences. Here are just a few of their staff picks that you may enjoy.
The Eight by Katherine Neville
If historical fiction is your genre of choice, then this engrossing adventure and international best seller should be on your reading list. Follow the quests of two indomitable heroines – one, a young nun at the start of the French Revolution; the other, a computer wiz working in Algeria during the 1970s – to locate the pieces of Charlemagne’s legendary chess set and unlock the powerful secret they hold. As the two timelines evolve and each faces dangers near and far, you’ll be swept up in the action. If you love it, be sure to check out its sequel, The Fire. Need another reason to try this book? Its renowned author calls Warrenton home.
Emily, circulation clerk
Debt-Free U: How I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships, or mooching off my parents by Zac Bissonnette
For parents anticipating sending their children to college in the future, I’d like to recommend this book . I found it to be the best and most helpful source of advice. Financial planning is imperative, and the author gives comprehensive, practical and down-to-earth first-hand knowledge of the process. I liked this book so much and agreed with all the strategies it outlined, especially avoiding loans, if possible. Start the journey of preparing for your child’s college education by reading this outstanding and sensible book!
Carol, circulation clerk
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A troubled young woman is convinced that what she witnessed from a speeding train will help solve a dramatic missing person case. When the police deem her an unreliable witness she takes matters into her own hands and makes some startling discoveries about herself and those she thought she knew. Written from the perspectives of the three key characters this page-turner keeps you guessing until the very end.
Julia, Circulation Manager
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen
Deer really are gorgeous creatures aren’t they? Delicate, graceful – a truly beautiful sight. Then one morning you look out the window to find Bambi merrily munching on the roses you’ve been painstakingly tending all year and suddenly . . . it’s war. So, how do you keep the deer from mowing your garden to the ground? Plant things they don’t like to eat.
This book guides you through selecting shrubs, grasses and even bulbs that deer will bypass for tastier treats. And for those of us who can’t pass up those brightly-colored tulips and roses (otherwise known as deer candy) there are sprayable concoctions to make the plants less palatable. By following Clausen’s tips you’ll save time, money and frustration, enjoy your garden and finally be able to call a truce in the war with deer!
Frances, circulation clerk
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
Mary Beth Latham has built her life around her three teenage children, her successful husband and a job she loves. When her life is shattered she will have to find the power and determination to help her family keep going. This book is about facing the things we fear the most and finding our way back. It would not be considered “light reading,” but it is a book that will stay with you for a long time.
Shelley, circulation clerk
Are you a fan of the movie “The Princess Bride?” If so, I highly recommend this book on CD read by the author, none other than the “Man in Black” himself, Cary Elwes! This is Elwes’ behind the scenes view of the making of the movie including how this particular cast came together under the direction of Rob Reiner as well as many insider anecdotes and fun facts to know and share about the actors. It has made me wish for extended travel time in my car where I’ve listened spellbound for the last few weeks!
Jackie, circulation clerk