summer reads

We challenged the Kirkwood Community to share some of their favorite books of the summer. Keep on scrolling to see what your neighbors recommend!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was the most popular read in this challenge!  Here’s what people had to say about it:

It was one of those books that I wanted to stay up all night to read! -Aimee S.

I love to read stories about the people show were affected by World War II; not the ones fighting in it. The story of the two sisters and how they each survived in different ways was great. I couldn’t put it down. -Julie S.

I loved The Nightingale.  It was a great read that left me feeling I knew the characters and hoping that I could be as daring as they if ever required.  -Heather L.

A definite must-read! -Candace F.

Several more titles had at least two people nominating them as their favorite summer read:

The Martian by Andy Weir

What is not to love about a potty mouthed astronaut with a PhD in Botany and a degree in engineering? The book is full of riveting characters who manage to make chemistry and math look cool. -Kristen M.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

This autobiography made me realize how lucky I was growing up here in St. Louis, and how we can’t forget those less fortunate than us. -Jen S.

On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life by John O’Leary

This is an amazing book to ground you in what truly matters. -Katie W.

Harry Potter has been a favorite of many for the past 19 years.  Old and new versions of the beloved wizard found their way onto this list.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (the first in the Harry Potter series) and the new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne were both nominated!

With Kirkwood Public Library celebrating its 90th year in the community, we’ve highlighted some books that were published 90 years ago in 1926.  These classics have proven that it doesn’t have to be a new release to be a hot read!

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

I read The Blue Castle purely to complete the 1926 challenge, but really loved it. It was fun for me to see a different dimension to Lucy Maud Montgomery after reading the Anne series. Will definitely read the book again. -Heather S.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

This was my first Agatha Christie book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was written in 1926 and has stood the test of time. The plot was clever and the ending a surprise. -Laurie C.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

I don’t remember much Hemingway from my youth, but since reading a 1926 book was a summer reading challenge I thought I should try it out. I enjoyed the book and plan to read more books from the early 1900’s in the future. -Tasha K.

Missouri native Gillian Flynn’s most recent ghost story made the list:

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I love the way that Flynn always creates the best plot twists. She made an engaging and deep story with only 66 pages! -Stephanie D.

And if you are a fan of Gillian Flynn, Melody M. recommends Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

What’s your nomination for the hottest book of Summer 2016?  Leave your pick in the comments!

Emma DeLooze-Klein is the Director of Adult & Community Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She moved to St. Louis in 2012 and has since enjoyed exploring and photographing area attractions. You can find gothic mysteries, historical fiction, as well as a spread of other genres in her constantly growing to-be-read pile.