8 great summer books

Looking for a book you can get lost in this summer? Whether you prefer the convenience of a digital download, the pleasure of listening to an audiobook, or the sheer joy of turning actual pages, the Dayton Metro Library has great summer reading suggestions for you. All of these titles are available for check out or reserve at your Library.

HERE ARE 8 GREAT SUMMER READS (and where to find more like them)


The Martian by Andy Weir. The American Library Association chose this story of a man stranded on Mars as the best SciFi book for their 2015 Reading List. If you read it now, you’ll be ahead of the game when the Ridley Scott movie is released this fall, and you’ll also be able to join us to talk about it at the Pub-Lit Book Club on July 7, 7:00 p.m. at Brixx Ice Co.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This historical novel about a German boy with a gift for electronics and a blind French girl whose paths cross during WWII in occupied France won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is on the shortlist to win the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, which will be announced on June 27.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. This satisfying domestic novel explores the lives of thirteen siblings in Detroit facing the decision of whether to sell their mother’s house while also struggling with their separate problems, with flashbacks to their parents’ lives in the 1940s.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. From the author of the critically acclaimed Temeraire series, a new novel that is both brilliantly inventive and well grounded in folklore. When Agnieszka is chosen by the Dragon, a wizard and protector, she discovers that she has the talent to be not only his servant but also his student.


The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. The story of Dayton’s favorite brothers by acclaimed historian David McCullough. Already a bestseller, this is a book bandwagon you should jump on.

Road Trip USA: Cross Country Adventures On America’s Two Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen. Cross-country routes and road-tested advice for adventurers who want to see parts of America the interstates have left behind. It might inspire you to hit the road this summer (or just enjoy a road trip from the comfort of your lawn chair).

Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington. The definitive biography of one of baseball's most celebrated, mercurial, and misunderstood figures. Pennington paints an indelible portrait of a man who never backed down for the game he loved.

Stepdog: A Memoir by Mireya Navarro. A hilarious and heartwarming tale of a woman who has finally met the man of her dreams--and the dog of her nightmares. Stepdog is a triumphant story about finding love at an unexpected stage in life and the many unforeseen obstacles--not only the four-legged variety--that can get in the way on the road to happily ever after.

What’s your next read? Get personalized recommendations via email when you sign up for Next Reads at DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Are you interested in African American fiction? Enjoy mysteries? Want to keep up to date with LGBT titles? You can get the New York Times Bestseller lists, the latest titles in Business and Finance, new picture books for your children and so much more emailed to you. In fact, you can choose recommendations from among 22 different subject areas. Check it out and discover your next read!

How would you like to win a new read for the weekend? Every Wednesday morning, the Dayton Metro Library offers a different advance reader copy as a prize on Facebook. All you have to do is answer the fun question of the week. Winners are announced on Thursdays at noon. Don’t worry, the questions aren’t too tough. Studying is not required, but a sense of humor is always welcome. Like us on Facebook and win your weekend read!