Adult Summer Reading: 5-Star Reviews

Adult Summer Reading: 5-Star Reviews

The Adult Summer Reading Program is in full swing, and our Summer Readers have been busy reading or listening to a total of 1,287 books so far! If you haven’t joined us yet, don’t worry, there’s still time to participate. Even submitting an entry for just one book could win you a prize.

Participants have also been earning extra raffle entries for sharing their book reviews. Looking for your next great read? Check out these rave reviews from our Summer Readers!

Little Monsters by Adrienne Brodeur
Summer Reader E.H. said, “Good summer read; dysfunctional family members confronting their past and future. Dynamic Characters!”

Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond
S.C. said, “Anyone who cares about income inequality in America should read this book. In very readable prose (it is like having a conversation with a well-read friend), Desmond explains how poverty is a policy choice (not a moral failing). More importantly, he gives us concrete suggestions for what to do about it.”

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
M.W. said, “Loved it! A fun romance with relatable characters, and a realistic level of the horribleness of grad school (without being TOO heavy).”

Small Things like These by Claire Keegan
N.K. said, “A beautiful slice-of-life novella that feels very simple but still talks about big moral questions.”

Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang
P.P.W. said, “This has to be one of my top 10 all-time favorites. I loved the Oxford setting, the fascinating language-based magic system, but most of all the way Kuang so skillfully and beautifully navigated structural racism and the conflict between wanting to do well and wanting to do right in a system that was never designed for you. It’s a masterpiece.”

Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott
J.L. said, “Such a tender book that will stay with me for a long time. It’s beautiful and sad and funny.”

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
L.V. said, “Fourth Wing felt like if Hunger Games and Game of Thrones had a book baby. It was enthralling with twists and turns that I never expected, and good character development throughout. Highly recommend.”

The Adult Summer Reading Program runs until August 11th. For more information about prizes and how to participate, visit

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