Column: What librarians look forward to reading


Contrary to what some people think, librarians do not get to spend their days on the job reading. Over-exposure to books, however, does mean that a lot of us spend our leisure time checking out the books that stare out at us from the shelves every day.

Summer is prime time to indulge in a little extra reading, and several favorite and new authors are coming out with great summertime reads. I asked the management team to share with me what books they are looking forward to reading this summer. You can find all of these books and more at the library.

Jan at the Elizabeth Library said that on her radar this summer is “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Beukes, about Harper Curtis, a time-traveling serial killer, who strikes and then escapes to a different time. One of his victims, Kirby, survives and becomes determined to stop Harper.

The nonfiction book “Frozen in Time” by Mitchell Zuckoff sounds really interesting. It is a combination story of survival in the Arctic and a historical mystery. The book explores what became of a U.S. cargo plane that crashed in Greenland in 1942 and the two search-and-rescue missions that went out to try and help.

Jan also just finished “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, which is a 2013 Printz Honor Book and a great story about friendship and heroism. As far as series — the Maisie Dobbs (by Jacqueline Winspear) and Ruth Galloway (by Elly Griffiths) series both have new books out. Both series feature strong, likable heroines in interesting settings.

One book that Kiowa and Elbert manager Sue is looking forward to is Julie Garwood's “Hotshot.” Her newest effort includes family drama, suspense and, of course, romance. It centers on a group of sisters who inherit an oceanfront resort, which they have to run for one year and make a profit to keep it. Challenges and people who don't want them to succeed threaten them. They refuse to let the threats scare them until one of them almost dies. An old friend with the FBI is called for help.

Tim in Simla recently read Cory Doctorow's “Homeland,” a young adult techno-thriller about how makers are shaping the world by enabling the free flow of information and ideas via technology. For a good nonfiction read, he recommends “Give and Take: The Hidden Social Dynamics of Success” by Adam Hughes. This book dispels the "greed is good" myth. Through a variety of case studies, Hughes explores how collaboration through giving improves the lives of everyone.

As for myself, one of my favorite authors, Steve Berry, just came out with a new book called “The King's Deception.” Similar in style to Dan Brown and “The Da Vinci Code,” I find Berry's series featuring Cotton Malone to be even more captivating, and I find it hard to put down his page-turning thrillers. Brown's long-anticipated sequel, “Inferno,” is out now too. I also just picked up “Someday, Someday, Maybe” by Lauren Graham, the first novel by the star of “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood,” based on her experiences as a young actress struggling to make it in New York City.

I always enjoy the anticipation of the next good read, and sharing my favorite reads with other readers. I hope something in this column piques your interest and you'll come check it out. Happy reading!

Kari May lives in Elizabeth and is the director of the Elbert County Library District. She can be contacted through the library at Visit the library at


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