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10 Good Books to Read in a Hammock

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It’s summer and time to relax. Now is definitely not the time for serious, pressure-inducing books such as Why Aren’t You Wealthier or Exploring the Theory of Achieving Inner Awesomeness*. Now is the time to get lost in other worlds and to escape for a while. Now is a good time to read fiction.

I decided to go straight to our own experts for fiction recommendations: library staff at the University of Washington!


UW Tacoma Libraries, take it away:

  • Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy (an excellent collection of short stories)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
  • Problems with People by David Guterson
  • Atlas Shrugged and We Are Living by Ayn Rand


Now it’s your turn, UW Seattle:

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


I hope you’ll choose one (or more!) of these good books and take part in a classic summer pastime: leisure time with a captivating read.

Special thanks to Whole U Ambassadors Anna Salyer and Heidi Nance, and their well-read library colleagues.


*okay, not real book titles


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4 Thoughts on “10 Good Books to Read in a Hammock”

On July 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM, Margaret Murray said:

Gone Girl is coming out as a movie in October…can’t wait! Couldn’t put that book down.

On July 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM, Kelly Williams said:

I can’t recommend “Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It” highly enough! I liked it so much I wrote the author and she wrote me back! However, if you don’t like depressing tales avoid.

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