2021 Summer Reads

Summer is officially here and the staff at the Livingston Public Library is in full reading mode! Below are some summer reading suggestions curated by our staff. We have an eclectic variety of fiction, non-fiction, fantasy and horror. Check out the reads below and don’t forget to register for our Adult Summer Reading Program here. Enjoy!

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Picked by Katie, Adult Services & Acquisitions 

A real-life “final girl” – the one girl always left standing at the end of a horror movie – Lynette Tarkington, who survived a massacre 22 years ago, along with five other final girls, works to overcome her past until someone becomes determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

Wine Tastings Are Murder by Libby Klein

Picked by Amanda, Youth Services 

When one of their guests, an older man on a honeymoon with his much younger wife, is poisoned at a Cape May winery, B&B owner Poppy and Aunt Ginny must catch a killer with a lethal case of sour grapes. 

Auntie Poldi and the Lost Madonna by Mario Giordano

Picked by Sharon, Administration

There’s only one Auntie Poldi: bewigged, cursing in Bavarian, and knocking back a wee shot of grappa as a pre-breakfast aperitif . . . or is there? No one is as they seem (and sound) in this hilarious new mystery featuring Sicily’s sultriest sleuth.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino

Picked by Joe, Adults Services & Acquisitions

Expanding on the story told in the Academy Award-winning film, this long-awaited work of fiction tracks the four principal characters – Rick Dalton, Cliff Booth, Sharon Tate and Charles Manson – both before and after the events of the film. 

The Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge

Picked by Melanie, Youth Services 

Over the last three generations, wrenching changes have transformed the South. The Potlikker Papers tells the story of that dynamism – and reveals how Southern food has become a shared culinary language for the nation.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Picked by Amy, Director

Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early 18th-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Picked by Melissa, Associate Director

A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the ‘innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling’ (Mira Grant, Nebula Award winning author) The Twisted Ones.

Upgrade Your Immunity with Herbs by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Picked by Aarti, Patron Services

A guide to strategies and elixirs for boosting immunity from Dr. Joseph Mercola and chef Pete Evans, that includes 50 recipes with color photos.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Picked by Archana, Adults Services & Acquisitions

When a member of a secret society known as The Maidens is murdered, a brilliant, but troubled, group therapist finds her obsession with proving the guilt of an untouchable Cambridge University professor spiraling out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her life. 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Picked by Hongmei, Adults Services & Acquisitions

Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Picked by Janea, Tech 

William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests – for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love – that’s thrilling and timeless.

(Also the July 27th book club pick for Unstuck in Time!)

Happy Reading!

-Katie, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions 

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