Books from Our Nightstands: What We’re Reading this Summer

15 Jul 2016

All of us at NewInBooks are pretty bookish people. When we aren’t at work, we are never far from our current read. Our “to be read” lists are miles long, and we’re always searching for the next best read so we can share them with you! Here is what the team is currently reading:

Books from Our Nightstands: What We’re Reading this Summer

Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace

Release Date: February 1, 1996

Infinite Jest might take you months to read, but it’s worth the time investment. It isn’t your average light and breezy summer read. With over 1,000 pages of philosophical comedy, this book explores the relationship we have with entertainment, our connections to others around us, and the things that bring us pleasure.

Recommended by Ben R. Ben has never been one to back down from a great read. With Anna Karenina in the rearview, he’s heading full throttle into the thick of Infinite Jest. While it may be a daunting journey through perspectives and vocabulary, David Foster Wallace’s prose has made it a breathtaking trip.

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Max Barry

Release Date: January 5, 2015

Combining together the strengths of thrillers, romance, and science fiction, Lexicon builds a world in which words can be used as weapons. Students in a hidden, exclusive school are segmented by their personality type and taught how to manipulate people with language. One innocent, unsuspecting man may be immune to this segmentation, making him the key to a secret and dangerous war.

Recommended by Anna L. Fueled by a healthy obsession with Harry Potter, Anna loves books that weave fantastical elements into modern day society. Lexicon does just that, with an enthralling narrative about the power of language and coercion.

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Eight Hundred Grapes

Laura Dave

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes explores what happens when the people you love keep secrets from you. Georgia Ford was about to get married to the love of her life, but she discovers a big secret he was keeping from her and is left heartbroken. She flees to her family’s house in Sonoma, thinking she could find solace in the familiarity of her childhood home. But when she arrives, she discovers that everything (and everyone) has changed.

Recommended by Ricci W. Ricci enjoys reading women’s fiction that point to the small truths in our everyday lives. Tales of relatable, strong, contemporary women are her current go to.

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The View from the Cheap Seats

Neil Gaiman

Release Date: May 31, 2016

Neil Gaiman is best known for his fantasy novels and short stories, but he has also written a wealth of non-fiction pieces. These stories touch on a variety of topics such as music, books, comics, libraries, movies, and much more. Gaiman’s writing is always insightful, and his witty commentary will make you giggle.

Recommended by Sarah P. Sarah loves fantasy novels and books that challenge her to think. She is a self-proclaimed coffee addict and a lovable Hufflepuff. 

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Soon I Will Be Invincible

Austin Grossman

Release Date: June 5, 2007

If you’re a fan of superheros and comic books, you should pick up Soon I Will Be Invincible. In a world filled with normal people, there are a handful of “gifted” individuals wandering around the planet. Some of the more villainous of these people, like Doctor Impossible, are biding their time in prison. Others, like half cyborg Fatale, are fighting alongside their fellow mutants to rid the world of evil.

Recommended by Chloe K. Chloe is a Professional Book Nerd. A sci fi and fantasy fan since birth, Galadriel is her spirit animal and her patronus is a wolf. She loves big words, big books, big dogs, and big adventures. 

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Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt

Release Date: April 9, 2015

Contact is the second book in Truant and Platt’s Alien Invasion series, and it takes place months after Invasion ended. Benjamin Bannister has spent his whole life researching the connections between the wonders of the world, and he believes that extraterrestrial life has been on Earth for a long time. No one believed him until mysterious spheres appear on the planet, which marks the beginning of a cold alien war.

Recommended by Ferol V. Ferol loves fast cars, high tech robots, and sci fi. He will always, always recommend Dune if you haven’t read it yet. 

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