Summer’s Top Ten Relaxing Reads

Trish Hull from the Salt Lake County Library system shares her picks for books that will help you relish in a bit of relaxation.

Top Ten Relaxing Reads

Between the Keyes

By The 5 Browns

sold-out concerts and screaming fans, the 5 Browns are redefining what
it means to be classical musicians. Twenty-something siblings who grew
up in a small town in Utah, the piano virtuosos are sweeping the nation
and the classical charts. In Life Between the Keys, these charming,
warm, and funny prodigies reveal their most intimate musings,
impressions and memories along their journey from obscurity to stardom.

Daily Coyote

By Shreve Stockton

moving account of
writer/photographer Stockton’s first year with her pet coyote, Charlie,
expands on her popular blog, the Daily Coyote, but newcomers and the
author’s many fans will find that this memoir offers a complete-if not
yet completed-story about love and life in a small Wyoming town.


By Barbara Bretton

Maple looks like any Vermont town, but it’s inhabited with warlocks,
sprites, vampires, witches—and an ancient secret. And Chloe
Hobbs, owner of Sticks & String, a popular knitting shop, has a
big secret too. She’s a sorcerer’s daughter in search of Mr.
Right—and she’s found him in Luke MacKenzie, a cop
investigating Sugar Maple’s very first murder. Bad news is he’s 100%
human, which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal
woman like her.

Guide to the Birds of East Africa

By Nicholas Drayson

the past three years, Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose
Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East
African Ornithological Society. Just as Malik is getting up the nerve
to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball, Harry Khan, a
nemesis from his school days, arrives in town. Khan has also
become enraptured with Rose and announces his intent to invite her to
the Ball. Rather than force Rose to choose between the two
men, a clever solution is proposed. Whoever can identify the most
species of birds in one week’s time gets the privilege of
asking Ms. Mbikwa to the ball.

Stepsister Scheme

Jim C Hines

would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the
original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney
princesses with Charlie’s Angels? What’s delivered is The
Stepsister Scheme
—a whole new take on what happened
to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines
penning the tale readers can bet it won’t be “and they lived happily
ever after.”

Accidental Sorcerer

By K.E. Mills

Dunwoody, a Third Grade wizard, inadvertently blows up a factory while
trying to save it. Summarily fired, Gerald takes a job in almost
bankrupt New Ottosland as royal court wizard for King Lional the 43rd.
To prove his powers to the doubtful king and his put-upon sister Gerald
turns a cat into a lion and transforms the dowdy princess into a
bewitching fashion plate, but preventing war between New Ottosland and
Kallarap and making a highly illegal dragon for the king may be beyond
his will and abilities.


By Ulrich Boser

museum, two thieves, and the Boston
underworld–the true story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces worth
million and the art detective who swore to get them back.


By Julie Kramer

the desperate world of TV ratings, an investigative reporter discovers
that a serial killer is targeting women named Susan and killing one on
the same day each year.


By James W. Huston

President rushes across the South Lawn of the White House to Marine One
to fly to Camp David late at night. His advisers plead with him not to
fly during the pounding thunderstorm, but he insists. The helicopter
crashes into a ravine in Maryland, killing all aboard. Senate
Investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike
Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in
civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal
investigations, then from a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the most notorious
lawyer in America on behalf of the First Lady.

Virgin Queens

Ella March Chase

captivating now as it was more than four centuries ago, the reign of
Elizabeth I—with its scandal, intrigue, and
resilience—has sparked the imaginations of generations. In
her sweeping historical debut, Ella March Chase explores a thrilling
possibility: that the Tudor bloodline did not end with the Virgin Queen.

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