Adult Picks for June

We are in the thick of Summer Reading now– here are some books to keep you reading!

The Winter Witch The Winter Witch
by Paula Brackston


Whisking you back in time to the early 1800’s in the hills of Wales a young man wanting to take his rightful position as head Drover must first take a new wife after loosing his first wife in childbirth. He marries a girl from a far away town the he knows very little about. As the life together begins strange things start happening. The story has a little mystery, a touch of romance and a bit of witchcraft.

Land More Kind A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash


Wiley Cash is an author from Gastonia, NC. I thoroughly enjoyed his first book, “A Land More Kind Than Home” and recommended it to anyone who would listen!

Dark Road to Mercy This Dark Road to Mercy
by Wiley Cash


“This Dark Road to Mercy” is Cash’s second book. He has a magical way with words that makes me reread some passages over and over again. If it had been my books and not the library’s there would have been lots of yellow highlights in both of his books. I just love the way he writes.

Gone-AwayThe Gone-Away World
By Nick Harkaway

A hilarious, action-packed look at the apocalypse that combines a touching tale of friendship, a thrilling war story, and an all out kung-fu infused mission to save the world. But they quickly realize that this assignment is not all it seems, and before it is over they will have encountered everything from mimes, ninjas, and pirates to one ultra-sinister mastermind, whose only goal is world domination. Fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, definitely quirky and unusual. I loved it. It was totally different from anything I’ve ever read with a great twist ending.
-Jennifer S.

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd

Historic fiction on slavery in Charleston, South Carolina during the early 1800’s. The novel is based on the lives of a two girls and over a period of 35 years. The story of each girl is heartbreaking and inspiring as they both set out to break through the limitations set on them by birth, society, family and church. This is a story you won’t soon forget.

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People
By Jennifer McMahon

Genuinely creepy in parts, this novel mix of modern and century-old secrets will have you hooked and possibly sleeping with the lights on.

Husband's SecretThe Husband’s Secret
By Liane Moriarity

What would you do? That is the question “The Husband’s Secret” will leave you asking. After the discovery of a letter, three family’s lives become destined to collide. Each family struggles with their own morality while trying to do what is best for their family.

RosieThe Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion

Fans of TV show The Big Bang Theory will love the main character in this book. It was so funny it made me laugh out loud!

Bear Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography
by Bear Grylls


The star of the survival series “Man Vs. Wild” recounts his adventurous life, from his experiences with mountaineering and martial arts to the free-fall parachuting accident in Africa that almost left him paralyzed.

Fingerprints of the Gods
Fingerprints of the Gods

by Graham Hancock

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In his intriguing work, Graham Hancock offers a number of mysteries regarding Humanity and Civilization, and then proceeds to write his conclusions.

Teen Summer Reading

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

It’s June at last! School’s out, so you will (hopefully) have plenty of time to read books of your own choice. It’s a perfect time for it, because the library’s Summer Reading program starts Friday, June 14th, and runs through August. We have all kinds of programs at the library for teens:

Saturday 6/14 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
KICK-OFF DAY! Free Pizza and Game Truck!

Monday 6/23 2–3 p.m.
Fire Marshall Tim Warren: Spark a Reaction!

Wednesdays 6/25 – 8/13 2:30-4 p.m.
Game Night

Monday 6/30 2 – 3 p.m.
Fire Marshall Tim Warren: Spark a Reaction!

New and Recently Released YA Books:

Inventor's Secret The Inventor’s Secret
by Andrea Cremer

It’s 1816 in America, and though the British won the Revolutionary War, the rebellion continues. Charlotte and her fellow teenage resistance fighters live in the wilderness just outside the Floating City of New York, where they dodge fearsome Imperial machines and shelter refugees. One refugee, a mysterious boy with no memories, inspires Charlotte to abandon their hiding place and brazenly infiltrate the enemy stronghold in search of answers. Steampunk technology and a tantalizing love triangle add intrigue to this imaginative, alternate-history series opener from the author of the bestselling Nightshade books.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han

The letters were never supposed to be sent. For awkward 16-year-old Lara Jean, writing secret love letters to help herself get over her crushes was just another hobby, like knitting or scrapbooking. So when the letters are accidentally mailed, Lara Jean freaks out. Embarrassed by her letter to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh, Lara Jean denies her feelings for him by pretending to date Peter, one of her other former crushes. Things only get messier from there. With relatable characters and realistically complicated relationships (especially among Lara Jean’s tight-knit Korean-American family) this charming romance is a perfect fit for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Dessen.

We Were Liars We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

Cadence “Cady” Sinclair is one of the Sinclairs, a powerful, privileged New England family. Every year, Cady looks forward to summer, when she reunites with her cousins Mirren and Johnny and their friend, Gat, on the family’s private island. But during their 15th summer, something happens — something so shattering that Cady can’t remember it, and her family won’t talk about it. A richly atmospheric setting combines with Cady’s captivating narration to create a simmering, steadily increasing suspense that will keep you turning pages right up to the ending, which — well, we won’t spoil it, but it will definitely get people talking. We Were Liars is stylish, provocative, and unforgettable.

She is not invisible She Is Not Invisible
by Marcus Sedgwick

Some people claim that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, but Laureth isn’t so sure. Without coincidence, she’d never have gotten the email telling her that her father (who is writing a book about coincidences) might be in trouble in New York City. Determined to find him, Laureth impulsively flies from London to NYC, taking her seven-year-old brother Benjamin with her; since she’s blind, she needs his help to get around the unfamiliar city. Written without any visual descriptions, She Is Not Invisible offers “brilliantly lifelike characters” (Booklist) and a twisty, thought-provoking mystery. For another well-crafted thriller starring a blind teen, try April Henry’s Girl, Stolen.

If You Liked: The Fault in Our Stars
The movie adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters this month. Check out this list for more touching books about teens struggling with mortality, first love, and life’s big questions.

If I Stay If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

Gifted cellist Mia awaits the verdict on her Juilliard audition and is brooding about the ways that leaving Oregon to pursue a career in music would complicate her life (for one, she’d be leaving her rocker boyfriend, Adam, behind). Then, when a peaceful drive with her family ends in a tragic accident, Mia is rushed to the hospital, comatose, and all of the choices she might make are distilled into one: whether to live or die. Told from Mia’s perspective (while she is unconscious), this heartbreakingly beautiful story has all the drama and poignancy of The Fault in Our Stars, and will more than satisfy fans of full-blooded characters and masterful writing.

Vera Dietz Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A. S. King

“Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if I loved him once?” In dark, cutting prose that’s also drily funny, high-school senior and “pizza delivery technician” Vera Dietz tells of her struggles to cope with her best friend Charlie’s scandalous death — and to deal with his ghost, who’s begging Vera to clear his name. Here’s the kicker: five months before Charlie died, he effectively ruined Vera’s life, so she isn’t at all sure she wants to help him. Sex, lies, vices, and secrets litter the pages of this edgy, compelling read that fans of strong characterizations, complex relationships, and raw emotion will love.

Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson

Lennie, 17, was perfectly content living in her vibrant older sister Bailey’s shadow, but now Bailey is dead. Devastated by her loss, Lennie tries to carry on, all the while feeling guilty for the smallest moments of happiness — particularly the ones that she shares with Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend. When a new boy in town, gifted musician Joe Fontaine, shows an interest in Lennie, she thinks that he might be “the one”…but can she trust herself not to screw it up? Brimming with emotional intensity, this honest and romantic story is one that fans of tearjerkers won’t want to miss.

Eleanor and Park Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park didn’t plan to fall in love. Eleanor is the new girl at school, big and red-haired, with a weird clothes and a horrible stepfather. Park’s love for comic books and New Wave music sets him apart from his friends and his half-Korean family. For weeks, the two social misfits sit silently next to each other on the school bus — until Park discovers Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder and their love story begins. Similar to Hazel and Gus in The Fault in Our Stars, Eleanor and Park will draw readers into the exhilaration and vulnerability of first love.

Young Adult Coordinator

June Staff Picks for Kids

We have more books that you must read! Check them out now:

Mammoth A Mammoth in the Fridge
by Michaël Escoffier
illustrated by Matthieu Maudet


Cute, simple drawings accompany the funny story of an unexpected visitor in the refrigerator. You’ll be surprised by where the mammoth ends up!

Mustache Baby Mustache Baby
by Bridget Heos
illustrated by Joy Ang


A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure out if it’s a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache.

Flamingo Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle


Beautifully drawn wordless book about a little girl who befriends a flamingo through dance.

Myths Myths busted! Just when you thought you knew what you knew
by Emily Krieger

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Did you know fortune cookies aren’t even found in China? Or that alligators don’t actually live in the sewers of New York City? Want to prove it to your friends? Find out all about these wild and wacky myths from around the world and whether they are true or not.

Benedict The notorious Benedict Arnold : a true story of adventure, heroism and treachery
by Steve Sheinkin

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Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure.

Zchasers Zombie Chasers
by John Kloepfer
illustrated by Steve Wolfhard


When zombies take over Phoenix, Arizona, Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister’s mean friend Madison Miller team up to try to defeat the undead, or at least survive one another.

Homeless A Dog Called Homeless
by Sarah Lean


Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier. But visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man, a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.

Dragon's Throat The Door in the Dragon’s Throat
by Frank E. Peretti


An American archaeologist and his two children seek God’s protection and guidance as they journey to the Near East in search of a buried biblical treasure which local residents believe is cursed.

Only Ones The Only Ones
by Aaron Starmer


“Call it coincidence, call it fate. This is the place you come. There’s no one else. This is the entire world.” These words welcome Martin Maple to the village of Xibalba. Like the other children who’ve journeyed there, he faces an awful truth. He was forgotten. When everyone else in the world disappeared one afternoon, these children were the only ones left behind. I loved it–it’s original and very well written.
-Jennifer S.