Must-have summer reads

Fiction 5

Here are my picks for June. I really hope you enjoy them! Pretty soon, with our new catalog, you’ll be able to review the books I recommend to let me know exactly what you thought. The new catalog comes to you June 1. Can’t wait. -Jennifer

1. All In by Simona Ahrnstedt

All In

All In is sexy, smart, and completely unputdownable. Breathtaking, from start to finish. I loved this book, and I can’t wait to go whatever Simona Ahrnstedt takes her readers next.” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

The attraction between Natalia and David is impossible, but the long Swedish nights unfold an affair that will bring to light shocking secrets, forever alter a family, and force both of them to confront their innermost fears and desires.

2. Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Invincible Summer

“Adams movingly depicts the tough steps we take into adulthood” – Good Housekeeping

A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, Invincible Summer is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment, and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.

3. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

lily and octopus

“Rowley has written an immensely poignant and touchingly relatable tale that readers, particularly animal lovers, will love.” – Publisher’s Weekly

This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

4. I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around by Ann Garvin

Like You Just Fine

“It’s not enough that Ann Garvin is hilarious. Then she has to go ahead and be compassionate and wise about the hopeful car-wreck that is most of humanity…” –Michelle Wildgen, author of You’re Not You

While trying to handle their own changing careers and personal issues, two sisters face more crisis when their mother develops Alzheimer’s and a new baby enters their lives.

5. Walking the Dog by Elizabeth Swados

walking the dog

Strikingly funny and self aware, this belated coming-of-age novel asks the question: How do you restart after crashing your first chance at life?

Former child prodigy and rich-girl kleptomaniac Carleen is incarcerated for twenty years after a botched heist. When finally let loose onto the streets of New York, she finds a job wrestling spoiled canines as a dog walker in Manhattan’s most elite neighborhoods and tries to reconnect with her estranged and ferociously Orthodox daughter.

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I’m the library’s fiction selector and I’ve been suggesting new books to library and bookmobile customers for over 25 years. I keep up on all the new book reviews, and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love to talk about books and to read books. I like to tell library customers, “Try something new. If the book doesn’t grab you, we have many more to choose from."