Summer reading: Suggestions from readers on Queen Anne

The Spare Room by Helen Garner
Gripping story of woman’s fight with cancer, from the point of view of caregiver. Unusual, funny at times, great observation of characters and effect of the illness on all. ~ Florence

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson does not disappoint! This book had me hooked and locked. B the end, the main character felt like my BFF. ~Bella

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdich
A well written, depressing story about a doomed marriage. Irene and Gil reminded me of moths drawn to a light that will destroy them. ~ Carolyn

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Beauty Queens is truly hilarious. Libba Bray makes you laugh and cry and portrays our very own lives in a new light. ~Cecilia

 Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
Her books are “no brainers” but good airplane reading. I found myself engaged with these characters—mother, daughter, estranged father—and how they worked out relationships. ~ Anonymous

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Wonderfully French. Chapters alternate between a precocious 12-year-old girl and a middle-aged homely autodidact who works as a concierge in an apartment building. She lets few people in to her secret intelligence and quick wit. ~ Anonymous 2

What are you reading this summer? Sign up online for our summer reading program for adults — or drop by a branch and fill out a quick review form. For each three books you read and review, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Kindle. We have 20 Kindles to give away to teen and adult readers this summer!

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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