Three Authors to Read This Summer

This month, for my teacher newsletter, I recommended three books that I thought would make good summer reading. But, since I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, I mostly took recommendations from other staff members. Which leads me to my list: three authors I’d like to give a try this summer.

13221570_10209714641681558_763693187109588805_nRoald Dahl — Well, this one is actually an “I have to read”, because I’m running a book group for 8-12 year olds reading his books this summer. But, it been a million years since I’ve read his work and so I’m looking forward to it. (I, unfortunately, will miss one for BFG due to a conference, but I’m still going to read it.)

9780062132581Dorthea Benton Frank – She’s coming to Wichita, and seeing her books around the store has got me curious. Seems like a good, light, beachy read. The question is: I don’t know where to start. Any of you read her? Any suggestions?

9780452296299Lev Grossman – The Magicians has been on my radar for years, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve heard a number of good things, and it seems right up my alley, so I don’t know why. Maybe this summer is a good time to start.

I don’t have a lot of extra time to read extra things (I wish I read faster/had more time!), but are there any other authors I should give a try?

3 thoughts on “Three Authors to Read This Summer

  1. I love Roald Dahl. I am very excited about the upcoming BFG movie. I have not read anything by Dorthea Benton Frank. I started The Magicians by Lev Grossman a couple years ago, but I couldn’t get into it. I want to try one of his books though because I heard him speak at NerdCon: Stories in Minneapolis in October, and I really like him.


  2. Deborah S. says:

    The Magicians series is FANTASTIC. I tried to watch the show adaptation on SYFY channel but it’s nowhere near as good. I have a book recommendation I must share called “Where’s My Award? How to Get Baby Barf Out of a Red Carpet & Other Tales from a Working Mom in Hollywood” by former stand-up comedian turned celebrity publicist Margot Black ( This book had me laughing and shaking my head from start to finish. Her home life is demanding, her work life with celebrities is demanding and she somehow manages to do it. Her Hollywood lifestyle definitely provides some hard to believe stories (e.g. pumping breast milk in the bathroom of a Beverly Hills hotel hahaha). I really hope you will check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.


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