Hi y’all! With the hot weather and sunshine-filled days, I hope you are finding time to go to the beach or sit by the pool. These relaxing days call for a good summer read!! I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to read for enjoyment during the regular fall and spring semesters, so I often take the summer to cross off several books on my “to-read” list. If you’re having trouble picking a book, the students, staff, and faculty at Coastal have some wonderful suggestions:
Kellie Cannon, English Instructor
My suggestion is Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri’s first collection of short stories. The stories explore interesting themes of identity and relationships, which appear in different ways throughout the individual stories. I enjoy reading short stories, especially in the summer. This collection carries themes in interesting ways, so the entire collection is even more fulfilling as a whole.
Anna Cancelli, English Instructor
Suggested book: The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
Why I enjoyed reading it: I was raised by a white mother and a black father, and so many of the questions this author had about his heritage were also questions I had while growing up. McBride’s memoir is not just an autobiographical tribute to a woman who proved that love breaks all barriers, but it is also a wonderful account of American cultural history.
Zach Ashton, Coastal Student
Suggestion: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Why I like it: An awesome start to a wonderful series of books by Rick Riordan. A tale of a young man named Percy Jackson who will soon discover his life is more abnormal then he thought when he discovers the truth about his father. Filled with epic battles, monsters, and Gods. It will have you wondering how Percy and his friends will get out of each situation.
Meggan Brinker, Coastal Student
Interested in the supernatural world and life on the sea? Check out the Vampirates series by Justin Somper. This is the story of the Tempest twins, Grace and Connor, who are lost at sea and are picked up by two very different pirate ships. Connor is picked up by Cheng Li and adjust to pirate life quickly, while Grace is rescued by the Vampirates. This series is an interesting tale of two siblings trying to find their way back to each other. I find this series very interesting because it is an adventure where loyalties are tested, life adjustments are made, and romances form. This is a good series to read or start this summer. Hope you will enjoy the Vampiates series as much as I have. Read on and have an Adventure.
Jessica Drake, Political Science Instructor
I am recommending C.S. Forester’s book Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies. I have read the entire Horatio Hornblower series from Midshipman Hornblower to Lord Hornblower several times, including this the penultimate volume. I will be rereading the series again this summer with my 10 year old son. The series of books follow the career of one British naval officer during the age of sail from his first bout of seasickness in the calm waters of port to his rise to the rank of Lord Admiral of the Fleet. The stories are full of adventure, ethical dilemmas, and history lived out. Sometimes I have to refer to the DK Smithsonian reference book Ship by Brian Lavery to find meanings of the nautical terms and Naval Miscellany by Angus Konstram to explain the naval culture of the day. A&E produced a TV miniseries about Hornblower that is very good but only covers the first couple of books.
Garrison Libby, Librarian
Thought by many to be an inspiration for The Hunger Games and often described a modern day Lord of the Flies, Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale is a hyperviolent dystopian novel which finds a class of high school students forced to fight to the death. The novel follows Shuya Nanahara’s efforts to stay alive and maintain his humanity while his classmates succumb to paranoia and brutality. If you were a fan of Hunger Games and want to see the deathmatch concept pushed to an extreme, this is a great book to read. Just prepare yourself for an intense ride.
Sally Goodman, Director of Library Services
When Maria first told me about The Magicians by Lev Grossman, I thought, fantasy……no, not for me, not my genre! The more she praised the book, I said to myself, maybe I’ll try it. Well, I’m glad I did! I liked it so much that I immediately checked out the second book in the trilogy and am now devouring The Magician King. Lev Grossman writes this fantasy for adults with remnants of Harry Potter (and this is coming from someone who is not a Harry Potter fan!), Edmund from Narnia, and Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. It ended up being a page-turner for me and that’s saying a lot for this non-fantasy reader!
You can find many of these books on display in the LRC!