Stories for Summer: What are you reading?

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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

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Mike Wamsted (from left) reads a list of books for next month's reading as Charles and Marilyn Garrick chat about which book they would like to read for the group's next meeting.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Mike Wamsted (from left) reads a list of books for next month's reading as Charles and Marilyn Garrick chat about which book they would like to read for the group's next meeting.

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
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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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twentieth century man
twentieth century man 07/08/12 - 04:51 pm
Stories for Summer

Gravely Mistaken: Tales of Medicine, Mishaps and Body Snatching in Augusta, Georgia - historical fiction about the slave, Grandison Harris, whose primary job was to provide cadavers for the Medical College of Georgia's anatomy classes by robbing graves in Cedar Grove cemetery.
Lots of info on how medicine was practiced in the 1800's. It's amazing we've survived!

david jennings
david jennings 07/08/12 - 05:40 pm
Four novels I've enjoyed

These books are fiction. They are based on the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, " The Jesus Chronicles" Good reading!

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