Just in case you're running out of books to read this summer (horrors!) I have a few more suggestions that you might have missed. They are not written by your favorite bestselling authors, but hopefully these authors will become new favorites. One exceptionally entertaining new book is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Flavia, an 11-year-old chemistry enthusiast, stumbles over a body in the garden and decides to solve the crime. The story is filled with eccentric characters, including a librarian, a groundskeeper, and Flavia's two older sisters who live to torment her. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe is an intriguing mix of mystery, romance, and a bit of history of the Salem witch trials, told in flashbacks to the 1600's. Reading it reminded me of another good summer read, Thornyhold, by Mary Stewart. And finally, if you happen to be a fan of the classic tale of manners and romance, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, you won't want to miss Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. In this version of the story the quiet village of Meryton is plagued with zombies and Elizabeth Bennet must fight them off while dealing with the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Crazy fun!
What new books have you been reading this summer?
Linda Knorr - Readers' Services