What’s on your summer reading list? We've got 20+ suggestions from St. Louis book lovers, librarians | St. Louis Public Radio

What’s on your summer reading list? We've got 20+ suggestions from St. Louis book lovers, librarians

Jun 21, 2017

Well, it’s officially summer now – and with that comes time spent by the pool, on vacation or maybe even a few “sick days” spent at home. With that in mind, we brought in three local book experts to give us suggestions of their top summer reads.

We’re focusing on books for adults this time around but, in a few weeks, we’ll also discuss children’s book recommendations.

You can find links to each book discussed below, but our guest from Left Bank Books made this handy list as well. 

Listen to the full discussion, with descriptions, here:

Here are their recommendations:

Jennifer Ohzourk, Second Floor Manager at the Central Library, St. Louis Public Library

Jennifer Ozhourk, St. Louis Public Library, Central Library.
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1. "The People We Hate at the Wedding," by Grant Ginder.

2. "Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine," by Gail Honeyman.

3. The "Tearling" trilogy, by Erika Johansen; "The Queen of the Tearling," "The Invasion of the Tearling," and "Fate of the Tearling."

4. "The Marriage Pact: A Novel," by Michelle Richmond. Coming out in July. 

5. A trilogy of memoirs by Alexandra Fuller; "Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight," "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness," and "Leaving Before the Rains Come."

Shane Mullen, Event Host and Reading Group Coordinator, Left Bank Books

Shane Mullen, of Left Bank Books.
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1.  "The Day I Died," by Lori Rader-Day. 

2. "Beartown," by Fredrick Backman.

3. "The Almost Sisters," by Joshilyn Jackson.

4. "I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual," by Luvvie Ajayi.

5. "Arrowood," by Laura McHugh. 

6. Bonus: "The Lying Game," by Ruth Ware (coming out in July). 

Jennifer Alexander, Collection Development Specialist, St. Louis County Library

Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Library.
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1. "Most Improved Sophomore," by Kevin Killeen.

2. "American Eclipse," by David Baron.

3. "Anything is Possible," by Elizabeth Strout.

4. "Never Let Me Go," by Kazuo Ishiguro.

5. "Speaking American: How y'all, youse, and you guys talk: a visual guide," by Josh Katz.

We also asked for YOUR recommendations. Here's what you shared with us:

1. Ann, a caller: "The Mirror Thief," by Martin Seay.

2. Katelyn, on Facebook: N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth series; "The Fifth Season," "The Obelisk Gate," and "The Stone Sky," (coming in August).

3. Dave, on Facebook: "The Girls," by Emma Cline. 

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Do you have a book we should add to the list? Email us at talk@stlpublicradio.org or tweet @stlonair.

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