A summer reading list for kids sounds like homework, but for us adults it’s an escape into other worlds. A chance to be wooed, go on adventures and explore new lands that exist outside of our 9-to-5 corporate prisons. We’ve got satire, romance history and what summer reading list wouldn’t be complete without a zombie novel? So grab a book, find a shady cool spot in the backyard and we will see you after the final “.”
Jessica Patterson, Sales Associate
I just finished reading “A Dog’s Purpose,” and I loved it. As someone who doesn’t like to read all that much, I wanted something quick and entertaining, and this book was both. It was funny, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, and everything in between. Definitely a great summer read for a day by the pool!
Susan Lacke, Contributing Editor
Andrea Peterson, Digital Media Manager
The Little Paris Bookshop written by Nina George was a fun surprise find at the book store. I had not heard of it and yet it’s been several months since I turned the final page and I still find myself daily thinking of things from the book. It is about Jean Perdu a Parisian who runs a bookshop on a barge that floats the rivers around France. His shop is more of a literary apothecary as he has a gift for sensing the exact story a customer needs. If only there were someone out there who could soothe pick a story to soothe his heartbroken soul. The reason I am so in love with this book is because Nina George has a way with words that really allow you to hear, see and feel the characters: “Incidentally, you can scream with your heart; and it’s incredibly painful.”
Melody Kester, Office Manager
If you are looking for a light read in the sun this is not the book for you, however if you are looking for a book about the human struggle and survival, this one will do the job. This book is about the leper colony on Moloka’i and describes the heartache of being torn from your family because of this once terrible, frightening disease. It is a story of perseverance and courage. Alan Brennert allows you to feel what the characters in the book are feeling and describes what life was like for the lepers and the people that came to help them. I liked the way the author writes so much I have added Alan Brennert’s Honolulu to my summer reading list.
Paul Steven, Art Designer
Ashley Baker, Contributing Writer
- While we obsess over becoming a more improved or better version of our current selves, we focus on our negative qualities and therefore we can never be fulfilled or attain “success.”
- Self help books play on lack, causing us to hate ourselves even more
- We should care about the things that truly matter like our existence and being ok with who we are right now