Good Reads!

Local librarians offer suggestions for your summer reading list

Librarian Faye Kepner makes these suggestions for adult readers:
“A Year on Ladybug Farm” by Karen Ball
Three longtime friends, a run-down yet inviting old house, errant sheep and eccentric (but lovable) neighbors; these marvelous characters will welcome you to the delightful “Ladybug Farm” series. Join Cici, Lindsay and Bridget as they embrace an unexpected season of life in Virginia’s Shenandoah Mountains.
“Hurricane Season” by Lauren K. Denton
With heartfelt and engaging characters, this story blends the intensity of a Mississippi summer with the intertwined lives of a childless couple who own a dairy farm and a single-mom photographer who yearns to see beyond herself.  Bittersweet yet filled with softly beautiful moments that show how navigating storms can help bring clarity to life.
“The Spymistress” by Jennifer Chiaverini
Undaunted by the intense fervor of secession, Elizabeth Van Lew, northern sympathizer living in deeply southern Richmond, VA, uses persuasion and deception to manipulate and outsmart Confederate officials at a local prison. An unsung heroine of the Civil War, Elizabeth risks safety, fortune and life through her determined efforts to support the Union forces.
“Island Girls” by Nancy Thayer
Come to Nantucket with the Randalls; three estranged sisters who must spend summer together on the island in order to fulfill the terms of their late father’s will. Learning to live with each other is easier than anticipated, but the unexpected addition of mothers, boyfriends and secrets sets the stage for a thoroughly enjoyable summertime story.
“Brown Eggs and Jam Jars” by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque
With the bounty of Southern Maryland produce at your fingertips, let this beautiful book help you plan meals with fresh eyes. Aimee shares engaging stories, as well as creative recipes and tips for cooking as a family, building a pantry and small-scale preserving, throughout the year.
Librarian Lynn Harlan makes these suggestions for young adult readers:
“Stolen Time” by Danielle Rollins
An adventurous read to jump start your summer. “Stolen Time” starts The Dark Stars Trilogy, an epic journey through time featuring a team of diverse characters from different periods in history. Rather than simply travel through time, this team experiences modern history as they follow clues and hints left in their missing leader’s journal. Will they manage to save New Seattle from devastating earthquakes, or will their future be as doomed as their dystopian present?
“A Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance” by Jennieke Cohen
Did you love the recent silver screen adaptations of Jane Austen’s “Sanditon” and “Emma”? Then look no further than “A Dangerous Alliance” for your next summer read. Uncovering romance and mystery in Regency England, readers will enjoy following along with protagonist Lady Victoria Aston as she navigates life and love armed with the witticisms and advice of her favorite author.
“American Royals” by Katharine McGee
Can’t get enough news of Britain’s ruling family? Try this alternate history novel by Katharine McGee. What if George Washington had been crowned king of America instead of president? What glamorous mischief would his modern-day descendants find themselves in? Fast paced and funny, once you read “American Royals,” you’ll be salivating for Book 2, which will be released Sept. 1, 2020.
“Last Pick” by Jason Walz
Craving some sci-fi action? Jason Walz’s graphic novel trilogy features twin siblings, Sam and Wyatt, as they navigate an Earth that has been devastated by alien invasion and abduction. These action-packed books about the humans left behind on Earth will leave you craving more, so mark Oct. 6, 2020, on your calendar, when Volume 3 is set to come out.
“Catfishing the Catnet” by Naomi Kritzer

Steph, a lonely teenager who has never lived in one place long enough to make friends, has found comfort and support in an online community that rallies around sharing cute animal pictures. When mysteries from her past arise, she will discover what happens when deep secrets come to light. Told from the alternating points of view of Steph and the benevolent AI who controls the Catnet, this light thriller will leave you questioning how much your own online interactions effect your life.

Librarian Tonia Williams makes these suggestions for children:
“The Hiccupotamus” by Aaron Zenz
“There was a hippopotamus who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus. And every time he got’emus … he’d fall upon his bottomus!” A funny rhyming story about finding a cure for a hippopotamus’s hiccups.
“The Proudest Blue” by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Heartwarming story of two sisters both starting on new adventures. For Faizah her first day of school; and for her older sister Asiya, her first day wearing a hijab. When some children make fun of Asiya, Faizah will find new ways to be strong and ignore the people who use hateful language.
“M Is For Melanin” by Tiffany Rose
Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they’re in.
“A Little Bit Different” by Claire Alexander
A wonderful tale of learning how being “a little bit different” is a good thing. This story teaches children about acceptance and celebration of themselves and others.
“Oopsie-Do!” by Tim Kubart
What should we say when we make a mistake? Oopsie-Do! Readers learn that mistakes happen, but they don’t have the power to ruin their day. Everybody makes mistakes and it’s OK.