Staff Summer Reading Suggestions

Find your next summer read with suggestions from library staff! Every summer, we make a list of the best books we’ve read this year, along with a few all-time favorites.

In case you’re participating in Book Genre Bingo, matching genres are listed after each title.


The Man Who Died Twice by Richard OsmanMystery, Detective
The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith — Mystery, Detective, Thriller
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi — Romance, Historical Fiction
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens — Mystery, Detective
A Calder at Heart by Janet Dailey — Romance, Historical Fiction
The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont — Mystery, Historical Fiction
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie — Mystery, Detective, In A Series
Jesus and Gender by Elyse Fitzpatrick — Nonfiction
Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath — Nonfiction
The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan — Fantasy


Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Dustlands series) — In A Series, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Dystopian
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking series) — In A Series, Science Fiction, Dystopian
The Road to Ever After by Moira Young — Adventure
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness — Fantasy
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold — Nonfiction
At Home: A short history of private life by Bill Bryson (Anything by Bill Bryson) — Nonfiction
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman — Romance
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce — Humorous Fiction
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan — Fantasy


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead — Historical Fiction
The Waste Lands by Stephen King (The Dark Tower Series, Book 3) — Science Fiction, Horror, In A Series
Highfire by Eoin Colfer — Fantasy, Humorous Fiction
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton — Thriller, Mystery, Detective
Maus by Art Spiegelman — Graphic Novel, Biography, In A Series
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie — Mystery, Detective, In A Series
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie — Magic Realism
The Diamond Throne by David Eddings — Fantasy, In A Series
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson — Nonfiction


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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr — Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles — Historical Fiction
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford — Historical Fiction
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune — Romance, Humorous Fiction
Forest Walking: Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America by Peter Wohlleben — Nonfiction, Translated
Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh — Historical Fiction, Mystery
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt — Mystery
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See — Historical Fiction
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (Great Plains Trilogy) — Classic
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab — Fantasy, Historical Fiction


The Last Chairlift by John Irving — Historical Fiction
Identical by Ellen Hopkins — Novel In Verse
The Big Book of Herbs  by Tucker and DeBaggio — Nonfiction
Oblivion: stories by David Foster Wallace
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut — Science Fiction
Blindness by José Saramago — Dystopian, Translated
Your Disgusting Head by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen — Historical Fiction, Adventure, Translated
Runaway: Stories by Alice Munro
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz — Romance



The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley — Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins — Romance
The Survivors by Alex Schulman — Thriller, Translated
Double Fudge Murder by Jan Fields — Mystery, Detective
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens — Mystery, Detective
Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff by Matt Paxton — Nonfiction
When Action Follows Heart : 365 Ways to Share Kindness by Susan Spencer — Nonfiction
Out of my Heart by Sharon M. Draper — In A Series
Faith, Farming, and Family : Cultivating Hope and Harvesting Joy Wherever You Are by Caitlin Henderson — Nonfiction
Frontier follies : adventures in marriage & motherhood in the middle of nowhere by Ree Drummond — Autobiography



Flamer by Mike Curato — Graphic Novel
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe — Graphic Novel
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson — Autobiography
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta — Novel In Verse
The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag by Sasha Velour — Autobiogrpahy
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes du Mez — Nonfiction
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang — Graphic Novel
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram —
Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo — In A Series, Fantasy
Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke — Humorous Fiction



The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty — Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Babel by R.F. Kuang — Fantasy
Book of Night by Holly Black — Fantasy, Thriller
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd — Historical Fiction
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel — Science Fiction
Fairy Tale by Stephen King — Fantasy, Thriller
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi — Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Humorous Fiction
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett — Magic Realism, Fantasy
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers — Science Fiction
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler — Science Fiction, Dystopian, Classic



All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover — Romance, In A Series
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney — Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Hidden by Fern Michaels — Thriller, Suspense
The Neighbor’s Secret by L. Alison Heller — Mystery, Detective, Thriller
Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler — Romance
The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh — Thriller, Mystery, Detective, Suspense
Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo — Romance
The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth — Thriller, Suspense
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus (children’s book)



Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson
This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs — Romance
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker — Biography, Nonfiction
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — Mystery, In A Series
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls — Autobiography
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr — Historical Fiction
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick — Science Fiction
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean — Fantasy
Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley
Holes by Louis Sachar — Mystery, Adventure