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Info Services Staff Picks

Beach Reads

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Hellooo, Summer! Grab a book and let's hit the beach.

About midway through the year a magical thing happens. The winter blues begin to break and the spring shower doldrums are washed away in a bath of sun-shiny splendor. If you're lucky enough to live in DC you will throw open your arms and embrace the swamp sweat that will plague you until October- it is summer in the city, my friends!

While the humidity may not be all that great, and rubbing sweaty elbows with strangers on the train is a guaranteed gross-out on your morning commute, let's all take a moment to appreciate that we are a few short hours away from a relaxing beach hang.

Whether you're staying local, heading south, taking advantage of a friend's rooftop pool, or kicking off summer reading, Info Services has some fun, easy titles to get you started.

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Dead Until Dark: The First Sookie Stackhouse Novel
by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Southern Vampire Series and the inspiration for the wonderfully ridiculous HBO series True Blood.  --If you haven't seen True Blood you are missing out and I highly suggest you immediately put the first six seasons on hold and binge watch them before season seven airs on June 22nd.

"Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life. When one of her coworkers checks out, she decides that maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea."

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Love is a Mix-Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
by Rob Sheffield

If you're the kind of person who likes to be moved by the books you read, know that this book has all the feels.

"In the 1990s, "alternative" was suddenly mainstream, and bands like Pearl Jam and Pavement, Nirvana and R.E.M.--bands that a year before would have been too weird for MTV--were MTV. The boundaries of American culture were exploding, and music was leading the way. It was also the 1990s when a shy music geek named Rob Sheffield met a hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl named Renée, who was way too cool for him but fell in love with him anyway. Music brought them together and kept them together. And it was music that would help Rob through a sudden, unfathomable loss. Here, Rob, now a writer for Rolling Stone, uses the songs on fifteen mix tapes to tell the story of his brief time with Renée."

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Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

Part quest novel/love story/virtual space opera set in a universe where entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed. -Wait, what?

"It's the year 2044, and Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be. Somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them--riddles based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late 20th century. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?"
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Bangkok 8
by John Burdett

"Under a Bangkok bridge, inside a bolted-shut Mercedes: a murder by snake--a charismatic African American Marine sergeant killed by a methamphetamine-stoked python and a swarm of stoned cobras. Two cops--the only two in the city not on the take--arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive: Sonchai Jitpleecheep--a devout Buddhist, equally versed in the sacred and the profane--son of a long-gone Vietnam War G.I. and a Thai bar girl whose subsequent international clientele contributed richly to Sonchai's sophistication. Now, his partner dead, Sonchai is doubly compelled to find the murderer, to maneuver through the world he knows all to well--illicit drugs, prostitution, infinite corruption--and into a realm he has never before encountered."

Now, before you say you don't like to read or you don't want to accidently throw your book into the ocean, I'll gently remind you that we have audiobooks and e-books available here. <-Right there. Click on it. Because I know you're taking your phone with you to Instagram your hot dog legs and that weird guy's too small speedo. 

Information Services at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is staffed by 12 info-savvy, book-hungry librarians. Each month, we'll share a few of our current staff reads. For the full list, visit the display in Room 209 at MLK. 

Questions? Contact the author: Kimberly White