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Summer Reading: Destination Q – Read a Fantasy or Magical Realism

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination Q: Read a Fantasy or Magical Realism is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

All the Names They Used for God book cover

 

“Sadie was sixteen when her parents died, and the gravedigger told her we would charge her less if she’d help him.”

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

 

 

 

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“I was no longer lonely but I was.”

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 

 

 

From Unseen Fire book cover

 

“Lucious Quinctilius was not, by nature, a reflective man, so perhaps it was just as well that the Dictator’s men gave him little time to contemplate his fate.”

From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris

 

 

 

The Half-Drowned King book cover

 

“Ragnvald danced on the oars, leaping from one to the next as the crew rowed.”

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

 

 

 

 

“At first, nothing was unusual.”

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

 

Denise’s Pick: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

Denise Staff Pick photoThe Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel about Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem by Sonya Sones is referred to as “chick lit” in poetry format by a 50ish-year-old woman going through a tough time. I read this in two hours and had my own epiphany. Life changing? Maybe not for all, but definitely an interesting voice for those in the “sandwich generation”.

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
P. Read a collection of poetry.

Summer Reading: Destination A – Read a New-To-You Author

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination A: Read a Book Written by a New-to-You Author is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“I was happy then.”
American War by Omar El Akkad

 

“Would you like me to repeat the question?”
My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

 


“He’d never been asked to wear a suit to a job interview.”
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

 

“The day before Deming Guo saw his mother for the last time, she surprised him at school.”
The Leavers by Lisa Ko

 

“The match struck and sputtered.”
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Donna S’s Pick: The Disappeared by C.J. Box

Donna S Staff Pick photoC.J. Box is an award-winning author whose works have been translated into 27 different languages. His Joe Picket mystery series follows the life of a game warden in the modern West. The latest one is The Disappeared, in which a female British executive disappears during a vacation at a four-star dude ranch. Was she kidnapped or just on a longer vacation?

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
I. Read a book involving travel.

Summer Reading: Destination D – Read or Listen to a Digital Book

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination D: Read or Listen to a Digital Book is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.  Each of these is available to you on Hoopla with your Mount Prospect library card — and with no waiting!

Dietland book cover“It was late in the spring when I noticed that a girl was following me, nearly the end of May, a month that means perhaps or might be.”
Dietland
by Sarai Walker

“It was summer when I went to talk with Cudjo so his door was standing wide open.”

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo
by Zora Neale Hurston

 

Then She Was Gone book ocver
“Laurel let herself into her daughter’s flat.”
Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
Book of M book cover
“The end of Ory’s world began with a deer.”
The Book of M
by Peng Shepherd

“You aren’t going to like me very much.”

Lie to Me
by J.T. Ellison

 

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