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Dearborn Residents Share Summer Reading Picks

Dearborn residents shared their (and their kids') summer reading picks. What are YOU reading?

There's something to be said about reading a book in the summer sunshine – and it seems that Dearborn residents agree.

Last week, Dearborn Patch to one lucky reader.

That winner was Susan Jelic, who also happens to be a librarian in the Dearborn Public Library's Youth Department at the (how appropriate!). Besides using her new Kindle to better connect with the library's growing number of eReader users, Jelic said she knows what her first ebook will be.

"I am dying to read Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood," Jelic told Patch. "It is a new children’s book that came out this past year and a lot of our young patrons say it is a fun read."

While there was only one winner of that grand prize, hundreds of other commenters got to share with their neighbors about what they're thumbing through the pages of this summer. Need a new book? Here's what they had to say:

  • "The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein," said Robert Seeley, who added that his 9-year-old daughter is reading the Harry Potter series. "It is a classic and a nice read while sitting by while my kids are taking swimming lessons. I am also reading Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451. I guess I am lost in the oldies."
  • "This summer I started reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy," said Al. "It follows a man and his son, as they roam an ash-laden USA in the near future. Great father-son bonding book and interesting themes. This classic should entertain adults of all interests!"
  • "Just finished Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore," Jennifer Hansen posted. "Totally recommend this book for anyone who needs an uplifting story (it's a true story). Renewed my faith in humanity."
  • Aimee Burpee told us that "*The* read of the summer is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn."
  • Sarah Neubauer told us her nephew is taking it back by reading "my old Sweet Pickles books," she said. "Some have timeless lessons...my dad would read them to me with different voices...so awesome!"
  • Multiple Patchers admitted to flipping through the controversial novel 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. One reader called it "dark and steamy."
  • "I've been reading the Financial Peace Planner by Dave Ramesy," added Anthony Mazza. "I highly recommend it whether you're in financial hardship or not. Many great tips to help save money."

What are YOU reading this summer?

Rebecca O'Shesky Hermen July 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM
My kids are reading almost any book they can get their hands on. Good thing I work at the library! My eldest is reading the Gregor the Overlander Series (He's enjoying it, but liked Hunger Games better.). My middle guy loves graphic novels, and really liked the Intrepid Escapegoat and the curse of the Buddha's tooth. My youngest loves the Ninjago graphic novels that just came in. Me? I just finished Americus, a graphic novel about fighting a book banning. I'm looking forward to reading Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. And that's just t he top of the pile. Too many books, too little time!
John Reedy July 26, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Reading was last summer. This year, my 8 year-old and 6 year-old are writing books. The 8 year-old is working on a whimsical mystery called "Salted Peanuts" about a bar owner who finds a magical jukebox in an old bar in Detroit. The 6 year old is working on "Everybody Pees".
City of Dearborn July 26, 2012 at 04:02 AM
That's awesome, John! I loved writing books as a kid, too. My story, "The Picky Parrot," won the Young Authors Award back in 1993. Pretty proud of that.

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