What are you reading? #SummerReading2017

Photo credit: William Ottens

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock rather than reading our phenomenal blog posts, I’m obligated to tell you that my colleague Sarah Mathews is a freaking rockstar.

She reads things, she writes about them, she spreads generally wonderful vibes and every Sunday morning throughout Summer Reading 2017 she’s asked you: What are you reading?

After finding one of her favorite books of all time (“The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón) in a comment on these Facebook posts years ago, Sarah decided to don her superhero cape and resurrect the tradition.

There are a million books you’ve never heard of. Many people won’t even pick a book up if they don’t like the cover — a practice that, as you can imagine, is very controversial among librarians.

Photo credit: William Ottens

For three months, we’ve collected these crowdsourced reading recommendations from our community of bookish folks. Every Facebook post got responses from 20-50 people, which combined represent months of dedication and creative energy that has transformed my idea of reading as a solo endeavor into a space for cohesion, collaboration, and community.

Of the 283 total books mentioned that we currently hold in our collection, there were a handful that were spotted multiple times. So, without further ado, welcome to the Entirely Unofficial Lawrence Community Book Club! This summer, in no particular order, many of us read:

– James Patterson, “16th Seduction
– John Grisham, “The Whistler
– Neil Gaiman, “American Gods
– David Sedaris, “Theft by Finding
– Eddie Izzard, “Believe Me

– Frank Herbert, “Dune
– B.A. Paris, “The Breakdown
– Paula Hawkins, “Into the Water
– Stephen King, “The Dark Tower

– Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give
– Colson Whitehead, “Underground Railroad
– Kate Quinn, “The Alice Network”
– Kristin Hannah, “The Nightingale
– Nora Roberts, “Come Sundown

– Randy Shilts, “And the Band Played On
– Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See
– J.D. Vance, “Hillbilly Elegy
– Ann Patchett, “Commonwealth

The complete list of reading recommendations is available in our catalog.

— Logan Isaman is the community assessment coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library.