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Ideas for Summer Reading: Lists and More Lists!

wgbh_crossley_summer_readingAsk a Librarian: What Should I Read This Summer? Our Assistant Library Director, Jill Graboski, and colleagues Julie Roach (Cambridge Public Library) and Robin Brenner (Brookline Public Library), spent time at the WGBH studio chatting with “Under the Radar” host Callie Crossley about their favorite books and what’s happening at their libraries this summer.


Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, and Sports titles, from the Boston Globe.

Twelve new and six not-so-new suggestions, from the New York Times.

Best Summer Books, 2016, from Publishers Weekly

37 Books We’ve Loved So Far in 2016: Summer Reading from the Washington Post

21 Books by Women You Have to Read This Summer, from Redbook

Ultimate Summer Reading List, from Harper’s Bazaar

The 30 Best New Books for Summer 2016, from Good Housekeeping

5 Books to Read This Summer, recommended by Bill Gates

The Canadian perspective: CBC Books Summer 2016 Reading List

18 Incredible Books You Need to Read This Summer, from BuzzFeed

And don’t forget the resources on the Library’s Reading Recommendations page!





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Books Librarians Give – Holidays 2015

Starting your holiday shopping soon? Check out this list of books that the Newton librarians would give as gifts!

If you’re planning on doing some shopping on Amazon, consider using this link to benefit the Friends of the Library.

And if you’re shopping for a Middle Schooler check out this list made specifically for them!

Happy Holidays!


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Summer Reading ideas

Looking for Summer Reading ideas?  Rebecca Blood, in her blog rebecca’s pocket, has helpfully collected dozens of lists from a wide variety of newspapers and media outlets, including all genres, and for all ages.  There’s a list for everyone here!

And don’t forget our BookLetters service!  Browse any of the lists, or sign up to receive any (or all) 0f the newsletters through your email or RSS feed.

Photo by kke227 and republished here under a Creative Commons license.  Some rights reserved.

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Gift ideas for readers, 2008

See what the library staff is recommending in our annual Books Librarians Give list!

Not enough ideas for you?  Check our our lists from 2007, 2006, and 2005.

And here’s more:

Greater Boston (WGBH-TV)’s list of holiday books (and movies), with local authors and Mary Cotton from Newtonville Books–video of the show is here.

The Books of ’08 from WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

NPR has a whole page of “Best Books” lists, covering booksellers’ picks, fiction, crime & mystery novels, graphic novels, foreign fiction, cookbooks, and more.

And Book Group Buzz has a roundup of a few more lists here.

Interestingly, none of these lists overlap very much, demonstrating that there’s a great book out there for everyone!

Books make great gifts?  Why?  Read more here (with more gift book ideas, too!).

Do you have holiday gift favorites?  Click here to comment and add your own suggestions!

Happy reading!

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The FDR books Obama reads

What’s on President-elect Obama’s nightstand?  When he mentioned reading a new book about Franklin Roosevelt in a recent “60 Minutes” interview, everyone wondered what he meant.  The New York Times has the full investigative results here.  

For the record, the library owns all the books mentioned in the Times article, sometimes also in large print, paperback, and/or audio.

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The Books of Summer

Here are some lists to give you ideas:

NPR’s Summer Books page
WBUR’s On Point, Summer 2008 Book Suggestions
Boston Globe’s “Quirky” Summer Reads
BookPage’s Summer Reading list

Top Authors Pick Best Summer Books, from
USA Today’s 2008 Summer Books’s Summer Reads
New York Observer’s Books of Summer

From RealSimple magazine, Best Summer Books and More Great Summer Reads 

And a great list of lists (including some of the above) from the Worth Reading blog.

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Do you need gift book suggestions?

See our 8th annual holiday book list, with suggestions from Newton Free Library staff.  Titles include fiction, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, biography/memoir, and a long list of suggestions for children.For other ideas, see last year’s gift book list, found on our bibliographies page.

And for still more ideas, see what Mary Cotton of Newtonville Books suggests in the Newton Tab.

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A great source for book news!







Would you like to keep up with the latest buzz and know which books were reviewed on TV and radio?  Subscribe by email to the “Books on the Air” newsletter from BookLetters.  You’ll receive a weekly email with information and catalog links for books reviewed on the Today Show, the Tavis Smiley Show, Oprah, Charlie Rose and NPR, among others.

You can subscribe by choosing “BookLetters” from the “Books and Reading” page on our website, and clicking on the link to sign up for an email newsletter.  Other newsletters are also available, and you can preview any of them by clicking on the title.

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More summer reading ideas!

Recommended summer reading from WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston,” with Emily Rooney.  Click on the “watch video” link at the bottom of the page to view the video segment filmed at Newtonville Books with picks from Mary Cotton.

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Start Your Summer Reading!

Need ideas?  Check out these links!

NPR’s 2007 Summer Books page
“Talk of the Nation”‘s Summer Reading List
Summer Book Suggestions from WBUR’s “On Point”
Summer Reading picks from Gail Caldwell of the Boston Globe

A roundup of new books and reissues being publised this summer, from the Los Angeles Times

For children and young adults, Summer reading suggestions from the Horn Book
For middle and high schoolers, Summer reading lists from local schools

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