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By: palmettobug53 , 2:34 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
Here we are in the lazy days of summer. School is out, people are taking vacations and it may be too hot outside to venture outside. What to do to fill up those lazy hours or just relax for while?
I highly recommend visiting your local library. Where else can you load up on an assortment of summer reading for free?
I'm a pretty eclectic reader. I like both fiction and non-fiction.
In fiction, I enjoy mysteries, murder, sci-fi, humor, historical fiction, fantasy, to name a few. I am no longer a devotee of romances and potboilers. I read so many of those in my twenties that I get nauseous at the thought of reading another one. Ick.
In non-fiction, I'm a particular devotee of biographies, travel and history, both ancient and modern.
I really enjoy the books from Arcadia Publishing in my library about local history. These are basically collections of photos (with captions) showing Charleston in years past. Arcadia has an extensive selection of books about locations around the country, so check with your library and see what they have.
I've been venturing into the Young Adult section lately. I started with The Hunger Games, which was excellent. Other picks have been just as good, though there have been a couple that were a little too 'teenaged' for my taste.
If you want to tie in your summer reading with hurricane season, there are a number of books to choose from.
Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
Lowcounry Hurricanes: Three Centuries of Storms at Sea and Ashore by William J. Fraser, Jr.
Killer Cane: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928 by Robert Mykle (The Belle Glade or Lake Okeechobee storm)
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 by William Drye
Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti (The Long Island Express)
The above is a short list: there are a number of others, which your library may or may not have in their inventory. If your library doesn't have them, you may be able to find used editions online.
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