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A reading list to take you through the summer

You’ve got your summer all planned out.

Weekends with family are starting to fill in between trips and festivals. You’ve got a few household chores planned, some exploring around town, a bit of a road trip, and plenty of dates with a cold one in the backyard.

So what are you going to read this year? How about these great suggestions ….

In case you missed some of them, there were plenty of books out in June that will whip you into shorts-and-swimsuit season.

June brought novels. Mary Kay Andrews had a new one come out; so did Carl Hiaasen, Dorothea Benton Frank, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Delinsky, Marsha Clark and James Patterson (with Howard Roughan).

There was a new bio on Willie, Waylon and Kris Kristofferson. Jen Lancaster came out with another great book. There were also biographies by farmer Mardi Jo Link, and a new book about President Obama.

June’s offerings were perfect for historians with a book on the 1936 Berlin Olympics; one about the wives of early astronauts; a book about the Revolutionary War; and a book about American prosperity in each of the 50 states.

Look for a great book for dog-lovers that came up in June, as well as some fun crafts books, yummy cookbooks, and a new Dr. Who book.

Now in July, summer is heating up and the parade of new books is too!

Jump into July with a new novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jude Devereaux, or Karin Slaughter. Then work your way through the month with others by Catherine Coulter, Chuck Klosterman, Iris Johansen, Chris Bohjalian, Carole Radizwell, Zane and Danielle Steele.

There are a lot of books for self-improvement coming out this month: one on dating, one on mating, some on making your life better, and a humorous book on epic fails in life and love. You’ll also find some great summertime cookbooks in July, too.

Look for a new book about Orson Welles; a book for new teachers; a rockin’ new book on the Rolling Stones; and some fun new crossword puzzle books.

Ahead to August and you might be winding down your summertime, but the books keep on coming …

Look for last-minute-of-the-season books by James Patterson (with David Ellis) to begin the month. Then plow through new novels by Faye Kellerman, Anne Rivers Siddons; Erica Spindler, Karen Robards, Debbie Macomber, Diane Mott Davidson, Edwidge Danticat, Emma McLaughlin and Kathy Reichs.

There’s a new financial book coming out by Clark Howard in August; an autobiography by Ricky Skaggs; and a pile of new cookbooks to take you into fall.

And now for the disclaimer: some books can be cancelled or rescheduled. This isn’t a definitive list. And if you didn’t see your favorite author or subject on this list, then ask your favorite bookseller or librarian for more excellent suggestions. Guess what? They love to tell you about the books they love!

Happy summer, happy Pride and happy reading!



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