Summer Reads 2017

      Posted: May 19, 2017

      Looking for something to read or watch over the summer? No matter your interests, the library’s got you covered!


      My Brilliant Friend
      1. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - Book one of the Neapolitan Novels, about two friends living in Naples over the years.

      2. Room by Emma Donoghue - A story about a five-year old boy who has been held captive in a single room for his entire life along with his mother.

      3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison - Romantic comedy about a genetics professor who has difficulty with women.


      4. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - Novel set in a dystopian future America where women have been oppressed.

      5. Wendy by Walter Scott - Graphic novel about a young twenty-something art student.

      6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling - The penultimate part of the Harry Potter series.

      Fight Club

      7. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips - Comedic novel about the Greek gods living in obscurity in modern-day London.

      8. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami - Novel about a college student investigating the disappearance of his unrequited love.

      9. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - You can't talk about Fight Club.

      10. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous - A novel presented in diary format about a teenage girl's descent into drugs and her eventual death from it.


      Princess Mononoke
      1. Princess Mononoke - Animated fantasy about a conflict between humans and "the animal gods of the forest, who are led by a princess raised by wolves."

      2. 8th Fire - Documentary series by the CBC about the need "to improve Canada's 500-year-old relationship with indigenous people."

      3. Grey Gardens - Drama about the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who became recluses living in a decaying mansion.

      Inside Out

      4. Inside Out - Yet another Pixar masterpiece, about the feelings literally living inside a young girl.

      5. Blade Runner - Classic sci-fi film in which Harrison Ford plays a man tasked with hunting down illegal human-looking androids in a dystopian future.

      6. The Stonewall Uprising - Documentary about the Stonewall Riots in 1969 in New York, which are "widely considered to be the single most important event" in the gay rights movement.

      7. Consuming Kids - Documentary about how marketers target American children and have turned them "into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world."

      8. Minority Report - A Steven Spielberg-directed thriller about a future where people are arrested for crimes they haven't yet committed.

      9. Django Unchained - Drama written and directed by Quentin Tarantino about a former slave who becomes an apprentice to a German bounty hunter and sets out to free his wife.


      Here are some of the library’s newer popular books:


      The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - First part of a sci-fi trilogy about the alien invasion of Earth.

      Arrival by Ted Chiang - The basis for the hit movie about the arrival of aliens on Earth.

      Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - Graphic novel about Batman's early days in which the Dark Knight hunts a serial killer who murders people on holidays.

      Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - Sequel to The Long Halloween.


      Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb & Jim Lee - Batman graphic novel about a mysterious new villain manipulating events around Gotham to get revenge on the Dark Knight.

      The Break by Katherena Vermette - Novel about a rape in Winnipeg and the people connected to the victim, both directly and indirectly.

      Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Waterson - The first volume collecting strips from the greatest comic series of all time.

      Catwoman: When in Rome by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - The final part of The Long Halloween trilogy.

      Coldest Girl

      Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - Novel set during World War II about the friendship between two British women, one of whom is a pilot, the other of whom is a spy.

      The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - Fantasy in which a young woman finds herself possibly infected by vampires and stuck in a vampire quarantine zone.

      Company Town by Madeline Ashby - Novel about a serial killer striking on a city-sized oil rig.

      The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah by Stephen King - Part 6 of King's Dark Tower fantasy series.

      Dark Tower

      The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King - The final part of the Dark Tower series.

      Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay - A collection of short stories by the author of Bad Feminist.

      A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron - Story about a dog that is reincarnated as different breeds and the lives it lives.

      Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling - The script for the hit Harry Potter prequel.

      German Girl

      The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa - Novel about a young girl fleeing Nazi Germany and ended up in Cuba, and how her young great-niece investigates her life seventy years later.

      The Good Girl by Mary Kubica - Thriller about a young woman who has a one-night stand with a man who kidnaps her.

      Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance - Memoir about the struggles of a white, working-class family in modern-day Ohio.


      His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik - The first book in a fantasy series that reimagines the Napoleonic Wars by adding dragons.

      Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon - Memoir about an English teacher who moved to Verona, Italy, after being rejected by the woman he loved, and ended up volunteeering to answer "the thousands of letters to Juliet" which are sent to her by people across the world.

      Lion by Saroo Brierley & Larry Buttrose - Memoir of a young man who fell asleep on the train as a small child in India and was lost as a result.

      His Majesty's Dragon

      Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - Novel about a teenage hacker who is wrongfully arrested after a terrorist attack in San Francisco, and as a result sets out to take down the Department of Homeland Security.

      The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George - Novel about a French bookseller who goes on a trip to the south of France in an attempt to heal his broken heart after the love of his life left him.

      The Martian by Andy Weir - The basis for the hit film about an astronaut stranded on Mars.


      Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - Novel about the life of a geisha in twentieth century Japan.

      Nostalgia by MG Vassanji - Dystopian novel in which immortality has been achieved through technology, and people's memories are altered to remove "redundant, unwanted, and interfering memories."

      Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - A coming-of-age novel about an awkward, introverted 15-year-old teenager.


      Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Dystopian novel set in 2044 in which a teenager playing an online virtual-reality game discovers the key to locating an easter egg in the game, that, when found, will grant the finder ownership of the corporation that runs the game.

      The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier - Memoir about the life of Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit activist.

      The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien - A prequel of sorts set thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings

      Witcher 6

      Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - The first book in the Grisha trilogy, a fantasy series about a nation fighting for survival against monsters.

      Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - The second book of the Grisha trilogy.

      The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner - A fantasy novel about a thief forced into the service of his king.

      The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski - The penultimate part of the Witcher saga.

      Warm Bodies

      Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - Novel about a zombie romance.

      We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - A series of essays about modern-day feminism.

      The Wind Through the Keyhold by Stephen King - Part "4.5" of the Dark Tower.

      Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes - Memoir by self-proclaimed introvert Shonda Rhimes, the creator Grey's Anatomy, and how she was convinced by her sister to start saying "yes" to doing things that she was afraid of.

      Submitted by: Cap U Library