Elizabeth Gilbert, a former Cullman Center Fellow and author of the New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, is currently working on a new novel. Following her recent appearance at LIVE from the NYPL (video here), we asked Gilbert for a list of her favorite summer books. Here are her picks:
- This is a double-hitter, but definitely Hilary Mantel’s astonishing novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. Her version of Thomas Cromwell is my favorite literary creation of recent years, and this utterly transporting recounting of the Tudors is as compelling, sexy, and violent as anything you’ll see on “Game of Thrones”.
- State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett. Never miss an Ann Patchett novel. This one, especially don’t miss.
- The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt. In keeping with my apparent theme of fabulous, rich novels written by great female novelists, this one is an extraordinary epic of love, family, art and ambition in England, right before the first World War. The critics were equally split on this novel. I sided with the smart critics, who loved it, and who (like me) think it is Byatt’s best work.
- Middlemarch, by George Eliot. You didn’t think I would discuss fabulous, rich novels written by great female novelists and not mention Middlemarch, did you?
- Hateship, Loveship, Friendship, Courtship, Marriage, by Alice Munro. Let us all bow at Alice Munro’s feet. Each one of these short stories is like a novel in miniature, and the title story is so beautifully heartbreaking and redeeming, I can’t even take it.
Facebook and Goodreads say you should read these three YA books this summer:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4.60 Average Rating
So far the most-read young adult book of 2012, Green’s tale of a teen girl with Stage IV thyroid cancer has a sky-high average rating and glowing reviews that emphasize both the “great humor” and “heart-wrenching” parts of the book . Chock-full of chemo, 16-year-old Hazel wonders if her remission will last and who the cute new guy is in her cancer support group.
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi
4.15 Average Rating
This adventure set on a future Earth ravaged by solar flares has risen to the top of the list for many fans of science fiction and dystopian novels for young adults. Goodreads members are praising the scope of the world-building and depth of the characters.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads Author)
4.08 Average Rating
The classic character of Cinderella is reimagined as a cyborg with a talent for mechanics in thisyoung adult steampunk romp. Both a handsome prince and a wicked stepmother make appearances in the story that Goodreads reviewers love for its “breakneck pace” and “completely enchanting” premise.
What are you actually going to read?
Check out some of today’s new books:
Click on the title to check them out on our card catalog!
Are you curious what we’re reading at the library? Here are some books we would recommend that we’ve recently read:
Interested in more Staff Picks? Check out this Pinterest post where we show what our staff members recommend!
So make sure to finish up your 15 hours of reading and check in at the Help Desk :D
We have an autographed copy of John Green’s Looking for Alaska added to the raffle prizes for those who reach their reading goal of 30 hours!
AND if you win Cupcake Wars tomorrow you’ll get a gift certificate to the Cafe - join us at 7pm :)
What’s better than free food? Nothing!
Join us for Cupcake Wars next week and gorge yourself on tasty treats after decorating them.
Don’t worry, there is still time!
You have until June 30th to sign up and start reading.
Think of all the great programs and prizes available for you - stop by the library today!!
Don’t forget to come in on Sunday, June 3rd to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and get a FREE Sundae!!
Reading is so Delicious!!
Are you ready??
There’s so much to do!
If you need service hours, stop by the Help Desk - we still have a few slots available.
Register on June 3rd and get a FREE SUNDAE!
And of course, think of all the prizes you can win when you finish your goals:
Last, but not least, programs galore!!