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6 books to read this summer

Are you in a mid-summer slump? Luckily for you, we asked the University Libraries’ very own Learning Services Librarian Julia Feerrar to put together a list of her top summer reads. Now you have no excuse not to get out of the house and check these books out from a library near you! The books we have available in Newman Library are linked, so check them out from us if you’re in town.

Julia’s Recommendations:

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

1. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (2016)

“A slow-burning page-turner that had me hooked from the beginning. The timing and sequencing of each character’s backstory is particularly well done.”

2. The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai (2014)

“I love a story with a chorus of characters, a bit of literary mystery, and lots of lovely language. This is one of those. It’s structure is also intriguing—a family saga told backwards.”

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (2012)

“Quirky and heartwarming. The emails, notes, and other documents that Semple incorporates into the narrative make this a fun twist on the epistolary novel.”

4. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (2014)

“Another quirky, hopeful one, told in letters to actor Richard Gere. What can I say? I love letters.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

5. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (2014)

“This is one of the strangest novels I’ve read it a while, but once I got into it I just couldn’t put it down. It’s disorienting and surreal, almost like an intense, epic dream.”

6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (2014)

“Like most of the other books I’ve chosen, this isn’t the newest book on the shelf. But Poehler’s reflections, humor, and advice have stuck with me. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, this is perfect for the beach or a road trip—the audiobook is great!”