June Book-o-scopes: What Thriller Should You Read this Summer?

June 22nd, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let book psychic Allie suggest titles based on your sun sign. For June, pick up a thriller to read by the pool!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
The Power of the Dog
by Don Winslow
You hate anything dull, so you’ll love Winslow’s large cast of characters in this sweeping, action-packed epic about the drug trade.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi
You dislike mulling over the past, so face the future with Bacigalupi’s dystopian thriller about an extreme water shortage in the American West.   

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
When a daughter of a legendary director commits suicide, an investigative journalist suspects there may have been foul play. Aries, you’ll like this book’s unique format—it’s full of case notes and photos between chapters.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Social Creature
by Tara Isabella Burton
Brooklyn resident Louise has champagne taste but a beer budget. When she becomes friends with socialite Lavina, she adores the lifestyle. How can she maintain this friendship? The answer may be a bit more ominous than “get a promotion.”

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Sometimes I Lie
by Alice Feeney
Sometimes you can surprise people by acting like two different people. Let yourself get surprised with Feeney’s twisty tale about Amber Reynolds, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
You tend to be paranoid, Cancer, so you’ll fall into this Hitchcockian story of agoraphobic New Yorker, Anna Fox, who believes she’s witnessed a crime across the street.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
Fierce Kingdom
by Gin Phillips
Joan and her son are about to leave the zoo when she sees a man with a gun at the exit. You’ll be drawn to Joan’s quest for survival.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
by Agatha Christie
You’re drawn to strong main characters. Read a classic Hercule Poirot mystery, one of the most recognizable detectives in mystery, and the book that made Agatha Christie a household name.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
The Kind Worth Killing
by Peter Swanson
You like asking yourself tough questions. Pick up Swanson’s modern re-imagining of Strangers on a Train, which asks the question: do some people deserve to be murdered?

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
You’re a scholar at heart, Scorpio, and will love this twisted tale of an eccentric classics professor and five students at an elite New England college who test the confines of morality.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz
You move quickly through life, so you’ll love the character of Tanya: shedding identities while she travels across America, trying to escape both the image of her dead husband’s body at the bottom of the stairs—and the police.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
The Child Finder
by Rene Denfeld
Capricorn, you love getting caught up in a crime and losing sleep alongside the detective in the book. Meet Naomi, a private investigator with a knack for finding lost children.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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The Great American Read

May 18th, 2018

If you had to pick just one book to represent the United States, what would it be?

PBS is trying to figure that out. The Great American Read, produced by PBS, is an 8-part television series that “explores and celebrates the power of reading.” After a survey of 7,500 people and the deliberation of literary experts, 100 books were chosen as being the most influential and beloved. The series will talk about the reasons why these books were chosen—what themes or subject matters seem to resonate with Americans, and why. It’s a celebration of books, reading, and readers—and it is interactive! The nation will decide on the winner through voting during the summer.

The 2-hour launch of the series is May 22nd at 8 PM. After the summer of voting, there will be five one-hour episodes starting on September 11, each surrounding a specific theme. On October 23, there will be a live finale where the winners will be announced.

Cecil County Public Library will be joining in! Cast your vote at our Library After Hours event on June 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Elkton Central Library, and learn more about the initiative from a Maryland Public Television representative. Following the presentation, go into the stacks, share your favorites, find new suggestions from our knowledgeable staff, and discuss ideas and opinions with other readers. For more information or to register, call the Elkton Central Library at 410-996-5600 option 3.

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