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6 Places to Find Great Summer Reading

6 Places to Find Great Summer Reading

Earlier I wrote about some of my favorite summer movies. Now, itís time to write about books. Like films, there are so many different choices and so many reasons different books are deemed a “must read.” Some people love only certain genres, be it horror, comedy or drama. And some, like everything.

So how do you choose what to read during the summer? What books do you think just say “summer”? Do you read only trashy novels? Or, do you delve into the classics? Are you an environmentalist or nature lover? Are you a foodie or locavore? The options are endless.

If you arenít sure where to start, one great place to begin is your local library. Most libraries have a summer reading list not only for kids, but also for adults. Not sure about your own library? Visit the New York Public Library, which†has recommendation lists by age and interest.

You can also just do a web search for your favorite genre or author, and you are sure to find your own personalized list of summer reading books. There are lists from everyone you can imagine, and there really is something for everyone.

Some of the more interesting lists include “Summer Beach Reads” from the NY Times that has popular authors and current best sellers.

NPR (National Public Radio) features several critics’ lists in categories ranging from historical novels to comic books. There really is something for everyone on the list.

My favorite site is Popular Summer Reading Books. If there is a list that includes “must-reads,” this is it. There are several classic books I have read several times that I believe everyone should read. Just a small sample of my “must-reads:” 1984, Catcher in the Rye, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World, and†”newer” classics such as Life of Pi, Kite Runner, Water for Elephants, and The Secret Life of Bees.

Others on their list have been made into recent movies, including the Great Gatsby, Les Miserables, The Help, and the Harry Potter books.

Oprah is known for her book club and not surprisingly, she has a list of summer recommendations. She lists summer books that we should read before going out to see their new film adaptations, and she also has a list of summer cookbooks. I recommend one book in particular that was written by one of my farm heroes, Mas Masumoto, The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm.

Even Amazon has a list of “best summer reading” for all ages, categorized into genres that include blockbusters and beach books.

I would love to hear what your favorites are. Please comment below!

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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1:17PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013


10:10AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

I just like to relax with or without a book.

3:59AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Thanks Judi for sharing!

1:02AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013


8:35PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thanks for sharing

1:09PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Love reading!

9:13PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I read the NYT weekly book review section, and have more books to read than I fear I'll ever get to!

5:50PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Just go to library.

2:31PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I watch Fareed Zakaria's GPS show and he recommends books which I try to find, not always successfully at our small local library. Also, the Daily Show frequently will have an author who discusses a book and if it's interesting I'll look for it.

But I always make time for the classics and philosophy; just reread Sartre's Being & Nothingness and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment

As I always say: the best defense against ignorance is a wall of well read books.....

12:54PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

thank you for posting

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