Plenty of reading material for summer
Even now -- especially now -- you need a break.
For way too long, you've been scrimping and saving, concerned about your finances, your job, the mortgage, college funds, the economy in general.
So this summer, don't you think it's a good idea to take a break, even if it's just in your mind? So why not look for these great books coming soon to a bookstore or library near you....
Yes, the month is almost over, but so many of your favorite authors have brand-new books out. You wouldn't want to miss Chuck Palahniuk's Pygmy, would you? Or Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace by Ayelet Waldman?
No, you wouldn't.
How about Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster, 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation by James Carville with Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, or Wicked Prey by John Sandford?
You'll want to find Whispered Lies by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diana Love, 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours by Newt Gingrich and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, and My Remarkable Journey by Larry King.
Give the kids a "You did well in school" gift by looking for Being Nikki: An Airhead Novel by Meg Cabot, Pendragon: The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale, The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, or Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman.
Kick off the official beginning of summer with Medusa: A Novel from NUMA Files by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos. Look for Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton. Grab Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat by editors of Martha Stewart Living Magazine and enjoy a fun project with the kiddoes. Relax with The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman or Sisters and Husbands by Connie Briscoe.
Other goodies you won't want to miss: Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver, Singing Was the Easy Part by Vic Damone with David Chanoff, The ESPN Mighty Book of Sports Knowledge by Steve Wulf, A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey, Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich, Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, and (deep breath) Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank.
Keep the kids reading by looking for Goosebumps HorrorLand #11: Escape from HorrorLand by R. L. Stine, I Spy A to Z by Jean Marzollo, photos by Walter Wick, and Football Champ by Tim Green.
Doesn't it seem like mid-summer is a lazy time? Perfect for heading to the park or parking lot with a book... like Black Hills by Nora Roberts, or Guardian of Lies by Steve Martini.
Maybe try The Husband Habit by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez or Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce, and Keep the Man You Want by Karrine Steffans.
Or how about Fire and Ice by J.A. Jance or Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey?
Perhaps you'd prefer Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella or Don't Know Much About Literature by Kenneth C. Davis or Unconditionally Single by Mary B. Morrison.
Your child's teacher will thank you when you continue to encourage reading, and Marley Goes to School by John Grogan will do the trick, as will Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School by Barbara Park and Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne.
Hold up! Summer's not over yet. You've still got lots of reading time, so look for Intervention by Robin Cook and The Traffickers: A Badge of Honor Novel by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. Check out Alibi by Teri Woods and Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove. Don't forget South of Broad by Pat Conroy or Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry. And you'll want to find The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, The Shortest Distance Between Two Women by Kris Radish, Soul of a Dog by Jon Katz (dog... Katz... I love it!), Even Money by Dick and Felix Francis, God Ain't Blind by Mary Monroe, and (another deep breath) Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness by Tracy Kidder.
Send the kids back to school with Breaking Dawn Special Edition by Stephenie Meyer, Another Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, Night-Night, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton, and Oceanology, edited by Dugald A. Steer.
If you've gotten behind on your reading this spring, look for The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund by Jill Kargman.
Looking for something a little different -- and deeper? Try Carpentaria by Alexis Wright. This book, written by an Australian Aboriginal writer includes mysticism, myth and magic for an engrossing story.
If short stories are more to your liking, look for Button Button: Uncanny Stories by Richard Matheson. One of the stories in this book is due to become a movie soon, and the rest...? They should be. This is a creepy book. You've been warned.
Dog lovers know how special their pets are, right? So read about more special dogs in Angel Dogs with a Mission by Allen & Linda Anderson. And speaking of Pet Parents, if you're one, you'll love Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform by Karin Winegar, photographs by Judy Olausen.
Heard enough about spoiled athletes? Then pick up Away from the Ball by Alan Ross. This cool book is filled with stories of goodness: generous athletes, guys who value accountability, and athletes who help people who aren't as fortunate as they are.
Sports are for women, too! If you agree, you'll love Gameface by Erica Boeke and Chris De Benedetti. Part trivia book, part guide book, women who love the game will love learning how to get into a NASCAR pit, who played who in the movies, how to make your tailgate party a hit and more.
Bear in mind that some of these titles may be moved, cancelled, or their titles may change. And this is, by no means, a complete list. If you want more information or if you don't see your favorite author on this list, ask your favorite bookseller or librarian to do some more sleuthing or suggest something else you'll like.
And have a great summer. Happy Reading!
Terri Schlichenmeyer is the author of the Detroit Lakes Newspapers book review column, "The Bookworm Sez." Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was three years old, and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in West Salem, Wis., with her two dogs and 9,000 books.