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

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Summer Reads: Fremont and Queen Anne reader suggestions

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!).book cover of loving frank

Readers on Queen Anne recommend:

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Part fact and part fiction, a poignant love story between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick. Mamah and her husband commission Wright to design a house for them and a passionate love story begins.

Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson
Max Glickman, a Jewish cartoonist whose seminal work is a comic-book history of Jewish suffering (Five Thousand Years of Bitterness), recalls his childhood in a British suburb in the 1950s. Really good writing — oh, those Brits!

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
Wow. A librarian’s memoir about how all the other librarians are all idiots who don’t like books. I certainly am glad I never have to work at the same library as Scott. He seems like an idiot himself.

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Summer Reads: Wallingford and Ballard readers offer suggestions

How do you find what to read next? Most of us count on personal recommendations from friends and neighbors (and, of course, librarians!). As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, readers throughout Seattle are writing super short “reviews” of what they’ve been reading.

Readers in Wallingford recommend:

The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters
A Brother Cadfael mystery set in 12th century England. A Welsh monk helps unravel the mystery behind a wealthy goldsmith’s murder and protects an innocent juggler accused of the crbook cover for The Miracle At Speedy Motorsime.

The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
Another title in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series; I appreciate the quiet writing style, the contemplative nature of Mma Precious Ramotswe and a glimpse into the culture of Botswana.

Pushing up Daisies: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris
A delightful mystery by a master gardener who knows her stuff. I hope she’ll continue and make this a series!

Lost Horizon by James Hilton
This book inspired me so much. It’s a forgotten classic about the promise of Shangri-La. Beautiful, thought provoking, and a real page-turner at the same time.

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