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What We’re Reading in July

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The Fauquier County Public Library will discuss the following books in July. Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading! Please join us; new members are always welcome!Stack of books (more…)

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Have Books, Will Travel

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Three women play cards and drink martinis while floating in a sunlit pool

Beach read. The term is a relatively new addition to the American vernacular.  It doesn’t, however, mean the same thing to everyone.

Some define beach reads by genre – thrillers or romance novels. Others align it with the summer bestseller that everyone is reading. Or books that incorporate a vacation or beach into the plot. And still others lump all mass market paperbacks under the heading. For most, it is a catch-all phrase for whatever books you stuff in your suitcase when headed out for vacation – to a sunny beach, mountain cabin or far off island.

There is really no right or wrong definition.  So go ahead, pack War and Peace and throw in a bestseller or two.  Whatever books chosen, enjoy them, and enjoy your vacation.

Here are a few of our favorite books to enjoy while soaking up a little summer sun:

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison

The High Season by Judy Blundell

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

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Kiddosphere: GOOOOOOAAAL – – Books for Soccer Fans

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Have you caught World Cup fever? Judging from the soccer books being carried out of our libraries, patrons definitely have! No matter who you are rooting for, we have lots of outstanding soccer titles for young patrons:

Soccer is exciting to watch, but the rules can be confusing. (more…)

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Reading Riot: Travel in Books

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This summer at the library, Reading Takes You Everywhere with exciting events that celebrate world cultures and also in books! Here are our recommendations for books about young adults from different countries and customs.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

This is a laugh-out-loud contemporary story about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and her crush on a Japanese classmate.

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Blade would give anything not to be the son of washed-up rock star Rutherford Morrison but the one thing they have in common is music. To find himself, Blade travels to Africa to uncover a long-held family secret.

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

A sweeping story that follows three generations of Indian American women, their first loves, friendships and sisterhood while they face challenges in their inherited new culture.

For the complete list, check out Around the World, a book list for teens of novels set in various countries, or pick up the “Around the World” bookmark at your local library.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

Want to stay informed about books, websites and events for teens and young adult readers? Check out more from Reading Riot.

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The Reader’s Guide to the Quirky

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A woman with crossed arms wearing an orange shirt and brown skirtIf you’ve ever read something that was a little bit funny, a little bit weird, and generally left you wondering ‘what in the world did I just read?’ then you may have come across a quirky book.  These unusual tales show up in a broad range of genres throughout fiction, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and even in non-fiction, and, true to their name, each one is a unique experience all its own.

Some quirky reads are light-hearted and zany stories that propel the reader into the unlikeliest of places and situations. Douglas Adams’ books are great examples of this brand of quirky.

Others, like the works of David Mitchell, can be downright bizarre featuring somewhat dark settings inhabited by eccentric, offbeat characters. Somewhere in between, readers might find tales from authors such as Neil Gaiman or Jasper Fforde that blend whimsy, humor and a strong sense of the peculiar.

Below, in no particular order, are ten of our favorites.

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  2. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  6. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  8. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  10. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

If you enjoy one of these quirky reads, find more like it in the library’s collection: Here’s how:

Look up a favorite book in our catalog, scroll to the bottom of the book’s entry to “You Might Also Like These.”
Recommendations based on the genre, other authors with a similar writing style and comparable editorial themes are provided.

This is a great tool to locate other similar books or to delve deeper into the library’s collection.  Of course, you can also visit your local library; library staff would be happy to assist you.

∼ Frances Allshouse and Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library

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Kiddosphere: Summer Reading 2018 – Calling All Cowgirls and Cowboys!

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We are getting ready for another fun-filled summer at Fauquier County libraries! We are kicking off our “Reading Takes You Everywhere” summer reading program with a return visit from The Singing Cowgirl! Join us at your favorite Fauquier County Public Library on Saturday, June 9 to enjoy a feet-stompin’ salute to cowgirls and cowboys of yesteryear and today. Visit our events page for program times and more details. (more…)

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Summer Reading Program Registration Now Open!

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Star Man Reading BookThe fun starts now! 

Registration for the annual summer reading program is now open!

For more than 25 years, Fauquier County Public Library has joined libraries around the country in offering a free reading program to combat “summer slide,” the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. (more…)

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