“What Ya’ Reading?” Part 3: More Library Beach Reads


As if our sequel wasn’t enough, we are back again with part three of our summer reading list blog post series. If you missed part 1 or part 2, check them out now. Some librarians and staff were working on more than one book when we first circulated this idea, and we simply couldn’t help sharing them all. So pull out your umbrella, pull up your beach chair, and take a dip into these cool summer picks:


Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Mantel’s sequel to Wolf Hall, charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII; I had read the first one already, and both books were prize-winning. – Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Law Librarian


The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Light and fun characters in a southern setting; a total beach read.- Szilvia Somodi, Circulation Assistant



The Rape of Nanking By Iris Chang

About the Japanese taking over a Chinese town and the horrible things they did to them. Just horrible, but an excellent read. – Kathy Caveney, Catalog Associate



We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

I think summer is the perfect time to read spooky stories and this Shirley Jackson classic is a perfect read for these Georgia summer thunderstorms. – Nina Guzman, Circulation Assistant



The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

Tracing the eerie origins of Twin Peaks (the setting for David Lynch and Mark Frost’s television series by the same name), special agent Tammy Preston reads this dossier alongside you, seeking the identity of the archivist. A great read for anyone watching The Return right now weaving fact and fiction. More reminiscent of the X-Files than the original Twin Peaks series. – Rachel Evans, Web Coordinator


Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

Set during the Napoleonic wars, my brother turned me onto the television show and I’m finally reading the books years later. – Marie Mize, Circulation Manager

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