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Summer Reading Guide 2018

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Nerdette Podcast host Greta Johnson and Volumes Bookcafe co-owner Rebecca George recommend their favorite summer books.

Greta Johnsen

Summer is finally here, so you can finally sit back and relax by the poolside with a good book. What should you pick up first? We sat down with two bookworms to let you know what to read this season.

Recommended Books

Science Fiction/Fantasy: 

American Hippo by Sarah Gailey

The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal

Only Human: Themis Files Book 3 b

y Sylvain Neuvel

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff


The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Women in Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side by Rus Bradburd

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

by Timothy D. Snyder

Dining In by Alison Roman


Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Florida by Lauren Groff

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Poison Girls by Cheryl L. Reed

GUESTS: Greta Johnsen, host of Nerdette Podcast

Rebecca George, co-owner of Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park

LEARN MORE: Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 7 Books For Summer Reading (NPR 6/21/18)

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