Scorching Summer Readings at Johnson County Library

Reservations lists rise as temperatures rise as the Johnson Countians search for that perfect summer reading to take to the pool, lake, on the road on vacation, or just to take some reading time between summer activities. Whatever your needs, the Johnson County Library always has great recommendations for you. Here are some upcoming summer reads to add to your catch list.

Full of secrets, lies and just-thisA near-hype drama, “The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives” (7/20) by Kristin Miller is a “Real Housewives” style summer reading that will fit perfectly into your beach bag. Centered around a group of wealthy Bay Area brides, each holding onto their place in high society and in possession of secrets they would almost kill to keep, things quickly get out of hand in this juicy and addicting domestic thriller that will leave you (and your group book) breathless.

If you prefer your summer reads to be the kind to take you by the throat, be sure to check out “Razorblade Tears” by SA Cosby. The story centers on two determined ex-inmates who seek revenge and pardon after their two sons, who are married to each other, are found murdered. Cosby’s skillful characterization of blue-collar workers and powerful, octane-rated prose will thrill fans of Dennis Lehane, Walter Mosely, and Don Winslow.

Readers can’t seem to get enough of WWII novels. If you like this era of historical fiction, stop by Sara Ackerman’s “Radar Girls”. Based on the Women’s Air Raid Defense, a civilian group that helped the U.S. military watch the skies over the Pacific after the war began, this novel is about a young woman who joined the WARD to help l war effort, and must not only prove its worth, but find its calling among the intelligent, motivated and courageous colleagues around him.

The library frequently receives requests for “enlightened” novels. A term for novels primarily about the unexpected bond the characters make with those around them and leave readers with a warm, fuzzy feeling that keeps them coming back for more. Be sure to keep an eye out for “The Reading List” by Sara Nisha Adams. A touching story about two lonely Londoners making a connection based on a reading list tucked away on the back of a library book.

If you’re the type of reader who enjoys her novels as spicy and hot as a barbecue on an August afternoon, be sure to grab Helen Hoang’s “The Heart Principle”, a sizzling and heartfelt romance from the author of “The Kiss Quotient”. Here, a violinist suffers from burnout (and romantic encounters) and swears by any deep entanglement, until she meets a motorcyclist who offers a different perspective, especially when he’s there for her after a personal tragedy.

If your book group wants a sure-fire selection, try Charlotte McConaghy’s “Once There Were Wolves”. The author of the 2020 word of mouth hit “Migrations” is back with a story about a team of scientists determined to reintroduce wolves to the Scottish Highlands. However, when a farmer is found dead, the wolves are to blame and a woman must make a heartbreaking choice to save (or destroy) the animals she so cherishes. Ripe for discussion, this atmospheric and lyrical novel probes the depths of human experience and will be the talking point of your reading group.

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