Marianslibrary’s: Summer Reads 2014!!


It’s official! The Summer season is finally upon us! Such a breath of fresh air as we segue into the “fun in the sun” time of year. Reading plays an integral part for many of us as we leisurely spend more time reading while vacationing.
You’ll find my Summer Reads 2014 are a potpourri of books! As always, these are titles I personally will be reading so I spend much time perusing reviews to come up with my final selections.

Several of my favorite authors have new books available this Summer that I absolutely can’t wait to read! Father & son, Stephen King and Joe Hill are gracing my list once again with King’s, Mr. Mercedes, and Hill’s short story, By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain.
Lisa Unger scared the bejesus out of me with her book, In the Blood (The Hollow Series #3), so I’m on a mission to read the first two books in The Hollow Series.
Rainbow Rowell’s adult novel, Landline, debuts July 3rd and one I’m sure you won’t want to miss!
Revolution, Deborah Wiles sequel to her book Countdown, is now available. It’s a historical fiction must for middle school aged kids!
For the younger set, Battle Bunny, by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matthew Myers (Illustrator), is an absolute must! A few years ago, If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen, was featured on our Illinois Monarch Nominee List and now he’s following up with, If I Built a House. Can’t wait to read this newest one to my grandkids!

Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion, which will be released on July 1st, is one I’m greatly anticipating! Of course I’ve already preordered my copy! Each of these special ladies have all contributed to the anthology: Sarah McCoy, Jenna Blum, Erika Robuck, Melanie Benjamin, Amanda Hodgkinson, Pam Jenoff, Sarah Jio, Kristina McMorris, Alyson Richman, & Karen White, with an Introduction by Kristin Hannah.
If you’re in NYC on June 28th, stop by Grand Central Station Terminal at Posman Books for their book launch! Unfortunately my schedule didn’t coincide to be in NYC at this time but when I was there back in April, I made a special trip to the book store so I feel I’ll be there in spirit with this lovely group of writers on their extra special day!!

As always, I hope you find a few books to add to your own Summer reading list!
Enjoy & Happy Reading!!


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill

Conversion by Katherine Howe

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

Fragile (The Hollows #1) by Lisa Unger

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Grand Central: Original Stories of Post War Love and Reunion by Melanie Benjamin, Jenna Blum, Amanda Hodgkinson, Pam Jenoff, Sarah Jio, Sarah McCoy, Kristina McMorris, Alyson Richman, Erika Robuck, Karen White, with an Introduction by Kristin Hannah

How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer (Release date 7/1/14)

Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank

I Shall Be Near You by Erin McCabe

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Wake by Anna Hope

The Wishing Hill by Holly Robinson (Our July Book Club Selection)


1939: The Making of the Six Greatest Films From Hollywood’s Greatest Year by Charles Adams

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George Will

Sous Chef by Michael Gibney (August Book Club Selection)


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Revolution (Countdown Trilogy Book 2) by Deborah Wiles


Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, & Matthew Myers (illustrator)

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

Grand Central Girls….here’s my somewhat selfie photo at Grand Central Station Terminal on my way to visit Posman Books back in April!! I’ll be there in spirit on June 28th!!




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4 responses to “Marianslibrary’s: Summer Reads 2014!!

  1. maggie

    Hi Marian, those are some great choices. I myself loved We Were Liars, I think it’s a great book. Mr. Mercedes, big King fan, that is one book I’m waiting to devour. I also enjoyed Tobias J. Samuels Rebecca’s Choice. Love the selfie.

    • Thank you for you for your comments! I’m anxious to read We Are Liars and of course, Mr. Mercedes. You must take a look at The Orphans of Race Point. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year! I’ll take a look at Rebecca’s Choice. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Holly Robinson

    I’m so thrilled to be your July book club selection! I’d be happy to Skype or answer questions via email if it suits your group!

    • Thank you very much Holly! I’ll let the girls know. We meet July 9th at 6:30 CST. Not sure if it’ll work for you or not. But yes we could always send questions. Best, Kathy

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