It may have been glacially cold this week, but I've made my first strawberry rhubarb pie, so I consider summer officially open. Bring on summer reading!
If you're looking for a simple but engaging tool for your adult summer reading program, summer reading bingo may be exactly what you need. It provides structure while allowing for choice, and it encourages readers to try new things. The Booklist Reader has a card for 2018, filled with squares as general as "Short Stories" and as specific as "Fireworks on the cover." The Ripped Bodice bookstore runs this program for romance readers with prizes AND provides recommended titles for each square - a great way to feature gems from the backlist. (Hat tip to SBTB for featuring this on the blog.)
In more summer reading news, the New York Times Book Review has released its summer picks, Amazon chimes in with best books for your beach bag, Entertainment Weekly features summer titles from debut authors, and Indie Next has summer recommendations for book clubs.
Meanwhile, more June lists have come out - Book Pulse leads off with a whole bunch of them, and looking further ahead, librarians who attended Book Expo last week share their favorite titles for the coming months.
For those who are ruthlessly weeding their adult nonfiction collections this summer (high fives to you all) and are looking for shiny new titles for your shelves, check out Esquire's list of the best nonfiction of 2018 to get you started.
Crime Reads has a list of 23 Presidential Mysteries and Thrillers, for patrons looking for their next read after The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson - arguably the biggest book of the week. (And in July, you can add this one, too.)
Finally, #FridayReads: I am multi-tasking this weekend, listening to There There by Tommy Orange (June is audiobook month! I will keep saying it all month!) and reading Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. Happy reading/listening!