The Florida Public Library invites adults (18 and up) to join the summer reading program. This libguide (library guide) includes print and internet links based around this year’s theme, “Groundbreaking Reads.” Note the blue tabs above for books listed by themes. Book titles listed link to the Florida Public Library online catalog, where you can put your selected title on hold.
The book review tab allows you to write a review of a book online that you have read or listened to. Each review entiles your name to be entered in a chance to win a weekly prize. Winners will be notified via phone or email. Read or listen to five titles from June 17 to July 30 for weekly prizes. Happy Reading
Terry Numa, Librarian
The Aviator's Wife
In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Speaking from among the Bones
When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, the shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce.
World War Z
Soon to be a major motion picture! The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
"New York Times"-bestselling author Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion.
The Hunger Games
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Against all odds Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark. Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in this second novel of the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has twice survived the Hunger Games. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge . . . Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss Everdeen.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11.
Neuroscientist Genova presents a realistic portrayal of Alzheimer's disease in her debut novel.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
All over England, the dead are rising again, and now even the daughters of Britain’s best families must devote their lives to mastering the deadly arts. Elizabeth Bennet is a fearsome warrior whose ability with a sword is matched only by her quick wit and even sharper tongue.
An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.
Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her "extravagantly gifted narrative voice" (New York Times Book Review), has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself.
Becoming Jane Eyre
Publication Date: 2010-04-02
A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters, "Becoming Jane Eyre" delicately unravels the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her.
Following the traditions of classic fantasy fiction, Wicked is a richly woven tale that takes us to the other, darker side of the rainbow. We follow the Wicked Witch of the West's odyssey through the complex world of Oz. Oz never will be the same again.
A Tale for the Time Being
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century - a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
State of Wonder
Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug.
The Angel Experiment
Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time.
The Yellow Birds
A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq,The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. Twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle, which the two have been dropped into neither is prepared for - a groundbreaking novel.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - Thirteen rich, luminous narratives woven into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge, retired schoolteacher. Changes may occur in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize these changes in those around her.