Staff Reading Picks

Summer Picks from Warner Library!

It might not be June yet, but it is definitely summer time here at Warner Library – and with summer comes vacation. But what will you do while lounging on the beach or relaxing in air conditioning (or stuck indoors with rainy weather, as seems to be the case lately)? Why, read a book, of course! In no particular order, allow the staff at Warner to offer some suggestions on what books you should read this summer:

Image result for ready player one book1. Chelsea Post’s Suggestion (Systems Librarian): Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Now a motion picture by Steven Spielberg, this futuristic fantasy-sci-fi romp is a love letter to all things ’80s-’90s, with references from that era sprinkled throughout, and a surprisingly deep theme about reality and humanity’s place in it.



Image result for Goodbye, Mr. Chips book2. James Sauer’s Suggestion (Director of University Library): Personal classic, that I have re-read many times: Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton





3. Jeron Ashford’s Suggestion (Operation Services Manager): Robin Sloan, new-ish author of quirky and delightful fiction. Read him now – critics are already using the term “Sloanian.” Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore is his first. Sourdough (pictured left) is his latest.




Image result for The Alice Network4. Joy Dlugosz’ Suggestion (Librarian for Public Services, Administration & Research): The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – true story about women spies during WWI. Fast paced and filled with intrigue. Two different timelines, one starting in 1915 and the other 1947. Fantastic read!




Image result for Beyond the texts: An archaeological portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah5. Marvin Smith’s Suggestion (Theological and General Services Librarian): Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah by William Dever




Image result for as you wish book6. Chelsea’s Suggestion: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes of Westley fame writes the behind-the-scenes story of how this comedic romance tale of pirates, princesses, and miracles came to be on the silver screen. Especially timely as the 31st anniversary of the film’s debut approaches!



Image result for What does God know and When does he know it?: The current controversy over Divine foreknowledge7. Marvin’s Suggestion: What does God know and When does He know it?: The Current Controversy over Divine Foreknowledge by Millard Erickson





12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by [Peterson, Jordan B.]8. James’ Suggestion: Practical values for human success – 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson





9. Image result for Flavia de Luce seriesJeron’s Suggestion: Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series has been around for a while (up to 9 books now). Flavia is an 11-year-old chemistry genius with a knack for finding dead bodies. Start with Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and read them all this summer.



Image result for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society10. Joy’s Suggestion: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Anne Barrows – an epistolary novelĀ in the aftermath of WWII and the German occupation of England and Guernsey. It’s all about relationships and though it’s a short read, it is ultimately one of my favorites! A must read!

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