Summer Reads: West Seattle and Southwest reader suggestions

In Seattle, the term “beach reads” is generally used figuratively (if not a little wistfully) for books more generally read on decks, in parks, on busses, but not on our pebbled shores. In West Seattle, however, beach reading actually happens on a beach! Here is some of what readers at our West Seattle and Southwest branches have been enjoying this summer.

West Seattle Readers recommend:

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Great breezy read! I finished it in 24 hours. I’m eager to read the sequel and see what other messes Georgie can get into.  🙂

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child

His books are marvelous – wonderful summer reading! Jack Reacher, as usual. He is walking in a town called Hope – wants coffee but gets involved with the entire town.

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie and her friends follow Grandma Mazur to Atlantic City, where she’s gambling with stolen mob money. Grandma gets kidnapped and Stephanie has to rescue her and a horse before they get shot. Another of Stephanie’s cars gets blown up.

Southwest Branch readers recommend:  

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, by Fuschia Dunlop

Non-fiction account of Dunlop’s many years in China, studying Chengdu at culinary school and then traveling around eating in different regions.  Dunlop’s story is very compelling because of its unpredictability and its insight into what food means to different cultures.

Unleashing the Storm by Sidney Croft

An agent who prefers being alone is sent to recruit a woman who can learn things from animals.  He finds the enemy agent who arrives before him is an old acquaintance.

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

This is nothing like “The Sparrow” or “Children of God” but has the same standard of excellent writing.  This one is historical fiction (1921 setting).  The protagonist is a spinster schoolteacher who travels to Egypt with her dachshund after losing all her family to the 1918 flu. She meets Lawrence of Arabia, Winston Churchill, and a German spy.

Cloud Atlas: a novel by David Mitchell

Spectacular writing.  Mitchell’s novel begins in the 1800s; that story abruptly appears to end.  The next takes up an (apparently unrelated) story in the 1900s.  This, too, is abruptly ends, and so on, up through the 22nd or 23rd century.  Then each story is completed in reverse order.  I was on the edge of my seat! Each story strand has it’s own distinct voice.

Want to share what you’re reading? Enter the Adult Summer Reading Program at any branch (or downtown at the Central Library), write one or two sentences about three books you’ve read. You’ll be entered in a weekly drawing to win a book bag (one winner per week at each location; lots of chances to win!).

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