As the summer season gets into full swing, so has the Warwick Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge.
But without a list of pre-approved books to choose from, finding a good book to read can be overwhelming. Jen Eibel, reference librarian at Warwick Public Library, is here to help. Together with her fellow reference librarians, Eibel has compiled a list of the best books to read this summer.
Here are six options that Eibel says are the librarians’ best picks for summer reading.
1. “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell
This debut novel from Rindell follows the story of Rose, a typist in the New York Police Department trying to navigate New York City as a woman in the 1920s. That world becomes even more confusing when a glamorous new female employee, Odalie, joins the department and brings Rose into her world. Eibel describes the novel as “an addictive psychological suspense story with an unreliable narrator.”
“Rindell has created a page-turner that will keep you up all night,” said Eibel.
2. “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler
Fowler, the New York Times best-selling author of “The Jane Austen Book Club,” tells the story of the Cooke family in her latest novel. Eibel describes the book as a unique story about a family dealing with secrets and the narrator, Rosemary, accepting her unconventional upbringing at the same time. “Funny and heartbreaking all at once,” said Eibel.
3. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
The popular sci-fi author of novels such as “American Gods” and children’s classics such as “Coraline,” has released his first adult novel in a decade. “A haunting fable about childhood innocence and the power of friendship,” said Eibel.
This novel will appeal to fans of the supernatural and science fiction, telling the story of the narrator’s attempt to recover the memories from his childhood about spirits, witches and the events that almost destroyed his family.
4. “Beautiful Day” by Elin Hilderbrand
Nothing seems more appropriate for a summer day than a novel about a wedding weekend on Nantucket. “With a gorgeous setting, colorful characters and a blend of humor and drama, it’s the perfect beach read,” said Eibel.
Following a set list of details from the bride’s late mother, the Graham and Carmichael families have gathered together for what should be the perfect wedding in the latest novel from Hilderbrand. While it appears the soon-to-be newlyweds are happy, the other members of their family are not in the same boat and drama unfolds.
5. “Love with a Chance of Drowning” by Torre DeRoche
DeRoche’s memoir is the perfect mix of a love story and travel dairy. Eibel describes the book as “a charming and offbeat memoir” about DeRoche’s decision to leave land behind and follow the man she loves on a sailing trip across the Pacific, despite her fear of the ocean.
“Fun for fans of armchair travel and romance,” said Eibel. “Or for those seeking inspiration to add a little adventure to their lives.”
6. “Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II” by Mitchel Zuckoff
“An unforgettable tale of courage and sacrifice, bound to appeal to fans of adventure and survival stories,” said Eibel of this non-fiction book describing three separate military plane crashes on Greenland’s ice cap in 1942. A U.S. Cargo plane crashed into the ice cap on Nov. 5, 1942, followed days later by the B-17 performing the rescue mission. A third plane on a second rescue mission vanished during a storm.
Zuckoff, author of “Lost in Shangri-La,” tells the story of the nine survivors and ties the story to modern days, describing an expedition to find the missing plane and its passengers.