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Summer 2008 Picks and Plans

It’s a busy time of year for public libraries. Libraries are frantic to spend the last bits of budget before the fiscal year ends, students are taking finals and graduating, and, behind the scenes, summer reading programs are preparing to launch.

I was listening to On Point early last week, when Tom Ashbrook hosted a show on recommended summer reading picks for 2008, with 3 guest hosts: one buyer and manager of a bookstore, and two book reviewers. I’ve listened to this episode two years in a row, and I still find myself wondering when they’ll invite three librarians as their guests… I really should email them about that and see what happens (you should, too). It’s definitely worth a listen (.mp3 file), if for no other reason than to know what books your NPR listener constituency might be seeking. I’ll be adding some of the recommendations to my ever-growing queue of books to read.

So, I’ve decided to grab the opportunity that Tom Ashbrook missed and ask you, the public library and librarian readership: What are you recommending for summer reading this year? It can be any age group, any genre, any format, anything. Scroll down to Leave a Reply on this page and post your picks as a comment to this post, we’ll be listening! While you’re in the comment box, what are you planning for summer programs? Share your ideas, plans, and links to web sites and photos with us and fellow readers.

Also, feel free to comment on the picks listed by the OnPoint guests, I’d be interested to hear what you think of them. You can read about what other listeners thought, and what they’re recommending, and chime in yourself in the 2008 Summer Books OnPoint message board.

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There are 4 Comments to "Summer 2008 Picks and Plans"

  • James Bond: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
    Bond is returned to the middle of the Cold War instead of the previous Bond novels which attempted to keep him in modern times to varied success.

  • panos says:

    ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks. Just brilliant writing.

  • @Michael: I listened to something on NPR a few weeks back that the Ian Flemming estate contracted with a new, young author to continue the James Bond story. I’m interested to hear from fans how that’s working for them!

    @panos: Someone actually recommended _World War Z_ to me, and I started to listen to the audio version, where they had the genuinely brilliant idea to have different voices for each character. I didn’t finish the book before the file expired from Overdrive, but I plan to go back to it.

    Thanks for your recs, and keep them coming!

  • Suzi W. says:

    Certain Girls by Jen Weiner. It was nice to reconnect with Cannie (from Good in Bed) and the two views (daughter/mother) mixed things up.

    A Perfect Mess by Abrahamson and Freedman–a vindication for those of us that all our lives have been told we’re messy.

    Sweethearts by Sara Zarr–this fresh new voice in YA is a GEM. (okay, how many publishing cliches did I just use?) Edgy story of a childhood romance.

    Helen Clay Frick: Bittersweet Heiress by Martha Frick Symington Sanger. Not a beach book (it’s coffee table size) but very interesting–what an unmarried woman was able to accomplish with all that money she inherited at the age of 31. Esp. for folks that have a Pittsburgh/New York or art history interest.

    Mind your manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra. This is hysterical. B.B (aka Big Bad) Wolf visits the public library for a tea. Otto Seibold (Olive the other reindeer) illustrates.