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Summer Reading: Summerville Share its Favorites

Contestants in the Adult Summer Reading program at Dorchester County Library share their favorites.

What’s in your beach bag? Or on your night stand? The Adult Summer Reading Club entries at Dorchester County Library gave me a peek at what your neighbors are reading.

Here’s a sample:

Paranormal novels, including many written for Young Adults, are big this year. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Vampire books by LJ Smith, The Wolf Gift and Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice, were all named as favorite reads along with the Charlaine Harris “Dead” books.

Science Fiction and Fantasy are also popular summer escapes:

  • Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is another crossover  from the youth market
  • Frank Herbert’s Dune series is a perennial favorite.
  • Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow and Ender in Exile
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  • Alien Tango and Aliens in the Family by Gini Koch
  • The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, another hot Young Adult author
  • The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey


Local author Tim Owens’ book, The Search Committee, is causing a lot of buzz as  being very entertaining along with some other great reads in the General and Literary Fiction category:

  • Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
  • Folly Beach and Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Heading out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
  • My Name is Legion by Sheila Martin Berry
  • Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton


Mysteries are always hot summer titles. Local readers have
enjoyed:

  • The Innocent by David Baldacci
  • Nightshade and Spanish Dagger by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Touch Me Not by Cynthia Riggs
  • Death in the Orchid Garden by Ann Ripley
  • Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
  • Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods

Some folks prefer nonfiction all year long. Popular books this summer are:

  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  • Garbology: our dirty love affair with trash by Edward Humes
  • Let it Go!  By TD Jakes
  • How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley
  • Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody
  • Down from the Cross by Joyce Livingston
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall

Summer’s not over. Kick back with a good book... and share your favorites!

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