Summer Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Need some recommended titles? Tell us five titles you have enjoyed and we'll send you a list of five more that we think you will like. 

 

Adult Summer Reading

Join us this year for our second annual Adult Summer Reading at Alexandria Library and be entered to win a prize. This year, the theme is Read for the Win! Pick up a Book Bracket at any library location and let your favorite literary genres compete head to head until you’ve identified a winner. 


Modern Romance

 

 

Modern Romance

By Aziz Ansari

A fun and scientific look at romance in the modern age. The audiobook is especially enjoyable. It is read by comedian and author Aziz Ansari.

Recommended by Samantha P.

Interpreter of maladies: stories

 

 

Interpreter of maladies: stories

By Jhumpa Lahiri

This is a quick read perfect for a beach trip. It is a collection of short stories all having to do with India in some sort of way. This is Lahiri's first novel and she provides keen emotional depth to each story despite it's length.

Recommended by Stacy A.

The road to Little Dribbling : adventures of an American in Britain

 

 

The road to Little Dribbling : adventures of an American in Britain

By Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson returns twenty years later to the setting of his first travelogue, “Notes from a Small Island.” He travels the “Bryson Line” an imaginary line he draws across Britain, from the Southern town of Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath on the Scottish coast. Though he may be crankier in his “dotage,” Bryson has not lost the humor or insight which make him such an enjoyable read. Lots of fun, especially in audio format.

Recommended by Jessica S.

The return of the king

 

 

Return of the King

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Third book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a true classic for those seeking adventure.

Recommended by C. Hickey

The wonder weeks

 

 

The Wonder Weeks

By Hetty van de Rijt & Frans X. Plooij

A parenting book that this reader found to be an excellent resource. This book helps explain infants predictable fussy phases, how parents can cope and how to engage a child as they learn a new skill.

Recommended by Samantha P.

A perfect proposal

 

 

A Perfect Proposal

By Katie Fforde

A "perfect" summer read! Brit Sophie Apperly is taken for granted by her family so she decides to visit her best friend in Manhattan so they might miss her. While there she finds help to save her family's finances and romance as well!

Recommended by A. Williams

What happened to goodbye

 

 

 

What happened to goodbye

By Sarah Dessen 

After her parents’ messy and very public divorce, Mclean decided to live with her dad. Moving frequently throughout high school, 17-year-old Mclean has carefully crafted a new identity for each new place – a quiet “good girl” in one town, a wild drama chick in the next – to stop herself getting too attached to a place she’s just going to end up leaving. But when she and her dad move to the beach town Lakeview one summer so he can rehab a failing restaurant, Mclean starts to find that maybe all she needs is to be herself – assuming she can figure out who that is. Filled with the quirky characters and charming locales beloved by Sarah Dessen fans, this book is perfect to read at the beach or by the pool!

Recommended by Maddy W.


The dust of 100 dogs

 

 

The dust of 100 dogs

By A.S. King

After a pirate has been cursed to live one hundred lifetimes as a dog, she's finally released to her human form again. Her top priority involves revenge for the man who placed the curse upon her. This is a unique and poignant adventure for both teens and adults.

Recommended by Abby H.

The monsters of Templeton

 

 

The Monsters of Templeton

By Lauren Groff

This is wonderful mystery/historical fictionish story about a young woman and her quest to find her roots. There is a lake monster, a fire-starter and many ghosts involved in this whodunit/who is it story!

Recommended by Stacy A.


 The disaster artist : my life inside The room, the greatest bad movie ever made

 

 

 

The disaster artist : my life inside The room, the greatest bad movie ever made

By Greg Sestero

In 2003, an independent film called The Room—starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau—made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Described by one reviewer as "like getting stabbed in the head," the $6 million film earned a grand total of $1,800 at the box office and closed after two weeks. Ten years later, it’s an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons. The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship.

Recommended by Allison C.


Paper wishes

 

Paper wishes

By Lois Sepahban

Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.

Recommended by Children's Librarian

Orphan Train

 

 

Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline

This is a moving novel about a little known program, in which orphaned and homeless children from Eastern U.S. cities were transported to adoptive families in the rural Midwest on “Orphan Trains.” The story moves between the present day and the 1920s, including Vivian’s childhood as an immigrant from Ireland, and the elderly Vivian and her relationship teenaged Molly, who is about to age out of the foster system. A fascinating look into a forgotten part of the past.

Recommended by Jessica S.