Check It Out Category: 2018 Summer Reading

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

 

 

 

The Pisces book cover

 

“I was no longer lonely but I was.”

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 

 

 

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“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

 

 

 

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“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

 

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“Laurel let herself into her daughter’s flat.”
Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
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“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

 

Cathleen’s Pick: Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Cathleen Staff Pick photoAn ideal gateway into fantasy for crime story fans, Skin Game by Jim Butcher is a thrilling heist adventure with Chicago’s only professional wizard leading the gang. Narrator James Marsters is nothing short of spellbinding in telling the smart, twisty, and witty tale of a motley crew under duress breaking into the vault of Hades for the literal Holy Grail.

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

A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
D. Read or listen to a digital book.
L. Read a book set in the Chicagoland area.
Q. Read a book of fantasy or magical realism.

Staff Picks: Anticipated Summer 2018 Reads

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From long days reading under a hot sun to curling up in the corner of a chilly library with a new book to trying to sneak a few extra pages in while you’re in line at the grocery store, we all approach reading a little differently in the summer! However, one thing remains the same. Summer is a great time for books, especially when you can win prizes for reading through your library’s adult summer reading program! Sign-up to embark on your next reading adventure today.

 

Want ideas for your own summer reading list? Take a look at what MPPL staff is hoping to read this summer!
Emily
Circulation

The Great Believers book coverThe Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

Emily
Circulation

The Book of M book coverThe Book of M
by Peng Shepherd

 

Erin
Youth Services

1Q84 book cover1Q84
by Haruki Murakami

Erin
Youth Services

The Hate U Give book coverThe Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Mary
Registration

The Complete Sherlock Holmes book coverThe Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Donna
Fiction/AV/Teen services

The Map of Salt and Stars book coverThe Map of Salt and Stars
by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Donna
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

The Last Black Unicorn book coverThe Last Black Unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish

 

Nancy
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters book coverMy Favorite Thing Is Monsters
by Emil Ferris

Nancy
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Heads of the Colored People book coverHeads of the Colored People
by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

 

 

Cathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Kill the Farm Boy book coverKill the Farm Boy
by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson

Cathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Dear Mrs. Bird book coverDear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce

 

Taylor
Circulation

Obsidio book coverObisdio: The Illuminae Files
by Amie Kaufman

Taylor
Circulation

What the Hell Did I Just Read
by David Wong

Joyce
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

The Woman in Cabin 10 book coverThe Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

Devin
IT Services

Legendary book coverLegendary
by Stephanie Garber

Devin
IT Services

Shelter in Place book coverShelter in Place
by Nora Roberts

Keary
Youth Services

Ghost Boys book coverGhost Boys
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Keary
Youth services

The Parker Inheritance book coverThe Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson

Carol
Community Services

The Great Believers book coverThe Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

 

Janine
Circulation

A Little Life book coverA Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Janine
Circulation

The Beauty That Remains book coverThe Beauty That Remains
by Ashley Woodfolk

Chelsea
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Adjustment Day book coverAdjustment Day
by Chuck Palahnuik

Chelsea
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland

 

 

Rosemary
Technical Services

The freedom broker book coverThe Freedom Broker
by K.J. Howe

Rosemary
Technical Services

Mississippi blood book coverMississippi Blood
by Greg Iles

 

Jenny
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

Tin Man Book CoverTin Man
by Sarah Winman

Jenny
Fiction/AV/Teen Services

There There book coverThere There
by Tommy Orange

Now it’s your turn! Share what you’re reading or hope to read on our 2018 Summer Reading Goodreads group or on Twitter using #MPPLreads.