Archive for June, 2019

Read, Listen, Watch: Summertime Edition

Summer doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! Celebrate the turn in the season with a few of these titles to read, to listen to, and to watch. And, enjoy Summer 2019!



A Hundred Summers – Beatriz Williams

The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream – Jim Collins

Summer Stargazing: A Practical Guide for Recreational Astronomers – Terence Dickinson


Farewell Summer – Ray Bradbury

One Summer: America, 1927 – Bill Bryson

Porgy and Bess featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong


Indian Summers

The Long Hot Summer

Ping Pong Summer

Readers Dozen – June

June is underway, and if you’re doing the Readers Dozen and Summer Reading, here’s a chance to kill two challenges with one book! June’s RD challenge is to read a book whose title starts with the letter “J” and in doing so, you can get a ticket for Adult Summer Reading (and be in the running for all the cool prizes for each!)

Need an idea? Here are a few titles we recommend, as well as a few links to find even more suggestions.


Jack Absolute – C.C. Humphreys

The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Janus Stone – Elly Griffiths

The Japanese Lover – Isabel Allende

Jarhead – Anthony Swofford

Jazz – Toni Morrison

Jennifer Government – Max Barry

John Adams – David McCullough

John Dies at the End – David Wong

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke

The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton


Goodreads: Titles Starting with I, J, K

Wikipedia: Title Starting with J


Take Ten: D-Day

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the day the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy in their plan to push the Nazis into retreat (and later, defeat). If you’re looking for a good read to learn more, check out one – or more! – of these titles:


D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II – Sarah Rose

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy – Rick Beevor

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach – John C. McManus

Decision in Normandy – Carlo D’Este

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies – Ben Macintyre

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 – Rick Atkinson

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944 – Cornelius Ryan

Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France, a New History – James Holland

Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasions and the Liberation of France – Peter Caddick-Adams

Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th – August 25th, 1944 – John Keegan