A UNIVERSE OF STORIES—Adult Summer Reading
Explore new worlds this summer!
This summer, we’re offering 50 reading, listening, and attending challenges. The first 150 people who complete 20 of the 50 will win a scratch-off lottery card. Everyone who hands in a brochure with 20 or more completed items will be entered to win the grand prize! All you need to get started is a good book and our summer reading brochure. If you have any questions at all, we’re here to help—email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 973-584-2400. Let’s get started!
A Universe of possibilities awaits!
Check back all summer long for new book recs.
Ebooks, Audiobooks & more
This summer, never stop reading! With Hoopla digital, Roxbury Library cardholders have access to hundreds of Ebooks, Audiobooks, comics, movies & music! Register for an account here!
First Man (Audiobook)– by James R. Hansen
Learn everything you didn’t know about the life of Neil A. Armstrong. Hansen’s unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual.
Exoplanets (Audiobook)– by Donald Goldsmith
This audiobook explores the hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life. The quest to find other worlds brims with possibility, and Donald Goldsmith presents the science of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life in a way that even Earthlings with little to no background in astronomy or astrophysics can understand and enjoy.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Ebook)– by Becky Chambers
Book 1 in the of the Wayfarers series. Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera. The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, included on Library Journal’s Best SFF of 2016, the Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Best Books of 2015, the Tor.com Best Books of 2015, Reader’s Choice, as well as nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kitschie, and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize.
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot–if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.
Descender Vol.1 (Comic)– by Jeff Lemire
Great read for YA fans! For fans of Gilmore Girls and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this effervescent love story from debut author Nina Moreno will sweep you away. Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat. As her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally-with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (Audiobook)– by Michelle McNamara
One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark , the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death, offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic, and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.
Never Never (Audiobook)– by James Patterson, Candice Fox
Part 1 of the Detective Harriet Blue series. Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department. But even she didn’t see this coming: her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women. “For her own good,” she’s been sent to a desolate location and assigned to a new “partner.” But is he actually meant to be a watchdog? In her strange new home, Harry she vanishes in a place where no one would ever think to look for her.
Check back later in the summer for more recommendations! Happy Reading!