Adult Summer Reading




From now until September 1, 2021, keep track of books you read by writing the title and author in the matching square. Book titles may be used only once per card and only one entry per person, 18 and older.

Complete as many horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines as you can! Each completed line enters your name into a raffle to win a $25, $50, or $75 Cape Ann Gift Certificates.





Set by the sea

A perfect planet : the story of Earth's power and fragility by
The guest book : a novel by Blake, Sarah
A stranger on the beach by Campbell, Michele
Migrations by McConaghy, Charlotte
Dangerous crossing : a novel by Rhys, Rachel
The Island of sea women by See, Lisa
A cruise to die for by Elkins, Charlotte.
Of women and salt by Garcia, Gabriela
Blue mind : the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do by Nichols, Wallace J.
The sea around us by Carson, Rachel
The ocean of life : the fate of man and the sea by Roberts, Callum.
Atlantic : great sea battles, heroic discoveries, titanic storms, and a vast ocean of a million stories by Winchester, Simon.
The wave : in pursuit of the rogues, freaks, and giants of the ocean by Casey, Susan
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness by Montgomery, Sy
The outlaw ocean : journeys across the last untamed frontier by Urbina, Ian
The lost coast by Capetta, Amy Rose


Philosophy or spirituality

Graphic novel


About music or musicians

A visit from the Goon Squad by Egan, Jennifer
The ensemble : a novel by Gabel, Aja
Juliet, naked by Hornby, Nick
The music shop by Joyce, Rachel
Utopia Avenue : a novel by Mitchell, David
Daisy Jones & the Six : a novel by Reid, Taylor Jenkins
The musical human : a history of life on Earth by Spitzer, Michael
Nothin' but a good time : the uncensored history of the '80s hard rock explosion by
She come by it natural : Dolly Parton and the women who lived her songs by Smarsh, Sarah
Just kids by Smith, Patti.
Dangerous melodies : classical music in America from the Great War through the Cold War by Rosenberg, Jonathan
Nobody ever asked me about the girls : women, music, and fame by Robinson, Lisa  (Music journalist)
Redbone : la verdadera historia de una banda de rock indigena estadounidense by Staebler, Christian,  (Illustrator)
Can't stop won't stop : a hip-hop history by Chang, Jeff

Debut author younger than 30

The tiger's wife [a novel] by Obreht, Téa.
Half of a yellow sun by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Sense and sensibility by Austen, Jane
The Icarus girl by Oyeyemi, Helen.
White teeth : a novel by Smith, Zadie.
Caul baby : a novel by Jerkins, Morgan
Open water by Nelson, Caleb Azumah
The other black girl : a novel by Harris, Zakiya Dalila

Short book

All grown up by Attenberg, Jami
The marrow thieves by Dimaline, Cherie
The grownup by Flynn, Gillian
The friend by Nunez, Sigrid
Dept. of speculation by Offill, Jenny
And then there were none by Christie, Agatha
We should all be feminists by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
How to be a good creature : a memoir in thirteen animals by Montgomery, Sy
The house on Mango Street by Cisneros, Sandra.
Her body and other parties : stories by Machado, Carmen Maria
We are okay : a novel by LaCour, Nina.
Men explain things to me by Solnit, Rebecca.

Book includes magic

By an indigenous author

Living nations, living words : an anthology of first peoples poetry by Harjo, Joy (EDT)/ Hayden, Carla D. (FRW)/ The Library of Congress (COR)
The marrow thieves by Dimaline, Cherie
The painted drum by Erdrich, Louise.
The round house by Erdrich, Louise.
The bone people by Hulme, Keri.
There there by Orange, Tommy
The removed : a novel by Hobson, Brandon
New poets of Native nations by
Braiding sweetgrass by Kimmerer, Robin Wall
The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present by Treuer, David
#NotYourPrincess : voices of Native American women by
When the light of the world was subdued, our songs came through : a Norton anthology of Native nations poetry by
Walking the clouds : an anthology of indigenous science fiction by

Tail or Tale in the title


The Martian : a novel by Weir, Andy
The white tiger : a novel by Adiga, Aravind.
When you read this by Adkins, Mary
Last Christmas in Paris : a novel of World War I by Gaynor, Hazel
This is how you lose the time war by El-Mohtar, Amal
An American marriage by Jones, Tayari
A tale for the time being by Ozeki, Ruth L.
Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel by Semple, Maria
On earth we're briefly gorgeous : a novel by Vuong, Ocean
The turn of the key by Ware, Ruth
American spy : a novel by Wilkinson, Lauren
Illuminae by Kaufman, Amie
Gabi, a girl in pieces by Quintero, Isabel
Everything, everything by Yoon, Nicola

Written by an author from another country

A long petal of the sea : a novel by Allende, Isabel
Ordesa by Vilas, Manuel
Americanah by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
A man called Ove : a novel by Backman, Fredrik
The lying life of adults by Ferrante, Elena
The searcher by French, Tana
Erotic stories for Punjabi widows by Jaswal, Balli Kaur
The namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa.
What Alice forgot by Moriarty, Liane.
The god of small things by Roy, Arundhati.
The labyrinth of the spirits : a novel by Ruiz Zafón, Carlos
The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Kondō, Marie

DIY (gardening, cooking, crafting)

Beer at my table : recipes, beer styles and food pairings by Wilson, Tonia
East : 120 vegan and vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Sodha, Meera
A good bake : the art and science of making perfect pastries, cakes, cookies, pies and breads at home by Weller, Melissa
Mending life : a handbook for repairing clothes and hearts by Montenegro, Nina
Wear, repair, repurpose : a maker's guide to mending and upcycling clothes by Fulop, Lily
Storey's curious compendium of practical and obscure skills : 214 things you can actually learn how to do. by Storey Publishing (COR)
Duct tape bags : 40 projects for totes. clutches, messenger bags, and bowlers by Morgan, Richela Fabian
Rustic wrappings : exploring patina in wire, metal, and glass jewelry by Bogert, Kerry.
Stitch 'n bitch : the knitter's handbook by Stoller, Debbie.
How to be a gardener by Titchmarsh, Alan.


By an author of color

An uplifting story

Color in the title

Lavender blue murder by Childs, Laura
The red book by Patterson, James
Half of a yellow sun by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Purple hibiscus by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Green by Graham-Felsen, Sam
Red pill : a novel by Kunzru, Hari
Red, white & royal blue : a novel by McQuiston, Casey
Black dahlia & white rose by Oates, Joyce Carol
The yellow bird sings by Rosner, Jennifer
Orange world and other stories by Russell, Karen
Blood orange by Tyce, Harriet
A spool of blue thread : a novel by Tyler, Anne.
The woman in blue : a Ruth Galloway mystery by Griffiths, Elly
Yellow wife : a novel by Johnson, Sadeqa
Red Island House : a novel by Lee, Andrea
The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Larson, Erik.
Red comet : the short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath by Clark, Heather L.
Elizabeth Widville, Lady Grey : Edward IV's chief mistress, and the 'Pink Queen' by Ashdown-Hill, John

Set in summer

eBook or e-Audiobook

Animal as the main character

Tales from Watership Down by Adams, Richard
The travelling cat chronicles by Arikawa, Hiro
Hollow kingdom by Buxton, Kira Jane
A dog's purpose by Cameron, W. Bruce
Grief is the thing with feathers : a novel by Porter, Max
The art of racing in the rain : a novel by Stein, Garth.
Pride of Baghdad : inspired by a true story = Kibriyāʼ Baghdād by Vaughan, Brian K.
Three bags full : a sheep detective story by Swann, Leonie
Animal farm by Orwell, George
Maus : a survivor's tale, I : my father bleeds history by Spiegelman, Art.

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