Stories for Summer: What are you reading?

What books are you reading this summer? We asked readers, book club members, local authors and librarians to weigh in with beach-worthy additions to summer reading lists.  Add your own at


I’ll be rereading The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) and reading my daughter James and The Giant Peach (by Roald Dahl) for the first time! – Mindy Lou (@MindyPooWho on Twitter)


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich, by Eric Metaxas – Brian Moore
(@moorekb98 on Twitter)


I am reading Sissy Spacek’s bio, My Extraordinary, Ordinary Life, good! Just as she seems to be: down to earth. – Midge Rothrock, Aiken


The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss – Terry Smith, North Augusta


Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond – Mike Wamsted, Augusta


A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan – Rebecca Wallace, Kroc Center program director


I’m reading Enjoying Where You Are On The Way To Where You Are Going by Joyce Meyer because I try to keep some kind of inspirational book in constant rotation.

Also, this is the summer that I FINALLY read Eat, Pray, Love by Liz Gilbert because my friend keeps telling me the book and the movie are like the difference between a horse and a zebra (“Same hoofs; Different coat”). – Kristin Eberhart, Augusta-Richmond County Library

I like outdoor stuff. The latest outdoor thing I read and liked was Wild (by Cheryl Strayed), about a woman’s hike on the West Coast. – Marilyn Garrick, North Augusta


For something light, the latest by Mary Kay Andrews, Spring Fever. For something more gripping, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. – Natalie Gibson, reference manager, Columbia County Library


Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone (a story of love and betrayal, medicine and miracles in the intertwined fates of twin brothers, set in Ethiopia and New York, compelling!)

Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose (a pioneer saga weaving marriage past and present – a Pulitzer winner).

Kay Gibbons (a wonderful Southern storyteller) who wrote On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon, A Cure for Dreams and A Virtuous Woman – Marsha Maurer, Augusta author


I will be taking Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first book in The Century Trilogy. I love a historical epic that spans many generations and gives accurate historical context. Also, I love a series because you never want an excellent story to end. This book has over 980 pages, but I downloaded it to my Kindle from the library’s Georgia Destination Download service for free. – Sherryl James, community services librarian, Augusta-Richmond County Library


50 Shades of Grey trilogy, by E.L. James – Bridgett Wells, Grovetown


Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman, by Gail Evans – Terra L. Carroll, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce



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