Stories for Relaxing Summer Days

by | Jun 2023

Summer Read Picks

Summer is finally here, and with that comes permission to relax in a hammock or at the cabin with some fantastic reads. The following titles contain some necessary ingredients for your summer reading list: a lovable robot dentist, drama at the community pool and an apocalyptic thriller that reads like a Hollywood blockbuster.

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance
by Alison Espach

Teenagers Sally and her older sister Kathy have been enjoying a summer at the pool trying to catch the attention of Billy, an older lifeguard. Billy has been an object of fascination for both of the girls for years, but this summer, an unlikely event with Sally causes him to start dating Kathy. However, tragedy soon strikes, leaving Sally and Billy’s lives forever connected. Spanning 15 years, this is both a heartbreaking and humorous novel with extremely believable characters.

Set My Heart to Five
by Simon Stephenson

It’s the year 2054, and Jared, a human-like bot, is working as a dentist in Michigan. At a screening of a classic movie, he begins to experience emotions, which is dangerous for a bot. In an effort to elude authorities and to perhaps write a screenplay, Jared heads west to Hollywood. Fans of Klara and the Sun and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will not want to miss this hilarious tale of an adventure that explores what it means to be human.

by David Koepp

A large solar storm has knocked out power through much of the world. Thom, an eccentric Silicon Valley CEO, has been prepping for this day for years. He plans to bring his family to an extremely well-equipped bunker in the desert. However, his plans don’t go quite as intended. Koepp, a screenwriter whose credits include Jurassic Park, Panic Room and Mission Impossible, has written a very fast-paced and exciting novel.

Erin Holl is the adult services librarian at Galaxie Library in Apple Valley. Read more at


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