“One of the benefits of summer was that each day we had more light to read in.” “One of the benefits of summer was that each day we had more light to read in.”
It’s a quote from “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. Adults, young adults and children in DeKalb and surrounding counties are taking the time this summer to open up new books and revisit some old favorites.
Lisa Hawkins, a librarian at the DeKalb County Public Library in Fort Payne, said a hot book right now is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The book has been out since 2018, but Hawkins said the new film based on the novel has revived interest.
Hawkins said less recently published books, such as Janet Evanovich’s “One for the Money,” are also popular. Hawkins said adult customers gravitate to established authors like John Grisham and Mary Kay Andrews, young readers love “scary stuff” and young adults still tend to check out books from series like “Harry Potter” and ” Twilight”.
At the Crossville Public Library, Principal Elizabeth also named “Twilight” and “Potter” as always YA crowd favorites.
Luka Mendoza, 14, of Crossville, is currently reading “Twilight” for the first time. “One thing I love about it is that it’s so detailed,” she said.
Hearn said Laura Dave’s 2021 “The Last Thing He Told Me,” a mystery thriller, is popular with her adult set, while among younger readers, “Pete the Cat” and the “If You Give” series …” “remain enormous”.
Robin Rowan, library assistant at the Collinsville Public Library, said adult patrons also enjoy mysteries and thrillers. Rowan said the Collinsville Library has an “easy reading” section for young readers with books on “trains, dinosaurs and cool things like that.” She said the library has also made an effort to ensure inclusivity in the YA section, with books featuring diverse protagonists, including those who are black and Latino. “It’s important for young readers to have books with protagonists like them,” she said. “We have a few books in Spanish and also adventure books with female protagonists. Growing up reading science fiction, I remember always thinking that I wish I could be the one to shoot the pistol. rays.
At the Geraldine Public Library, director Dianne Maddox said authors like Sean Dietrich and Winston Browne are popular with adults, young readers “really love books about unicorns” and named “Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover as a YA favorite.
Monica Smith, children’s librarian at the Rainsville Public Library, said authors popular with adults include David Baldacci and CJ Box. She said manga selections, such as “Angels of Death,” are trending with YA readers, and “series such as ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Bluey’ are popular with kids.”
Ider Public Library director Teressa Hatfield said Christian fiction there was “very popular” with adult patrons, as were authors such as Patterson and Baldacci. She said series such as “The Hunger Games” and “City of Bones” remain “always popular with YA readers. For younger readers, Hatfield said that “science fiction, books about science experiments, Disney and the ‘Wonky Donkey’ series are really big.” Hatfield said most public libraries in DeKalb County now offer an online catalog, allowing patrons to view e-books, although that requires a dedicated card to the library holding the content.
Jordan Palmer, director of the Henagar Public Library, said adult patrons there “really liked” Christian fiction, as well as romance and thrillers. Like others, Palmer names the “Harry Potter” series and authors like Hoover as “very popular” with YA readers, while younger readers are drawn to “all things animal.”
Moon Lake Librarian Anne McCleod has named Nita Prose’s “The Maid” and Emily Henry’s “Book Lovers” as popular with adults, while Grisham’s “Theodore Boone” series resonates with YA readers. For younger readers, McCleod said Mo Willems’ “Pigeon Presents” series is popular.
Local librarians and educators all agree that reading just for the sake of it can be hugely rewarding. “Reading for pleasure, especially works of fiction, allows me to escape my current reality and step into another,” said Angela Walton, Rainsville resident and English teacher at Sylvania High School. For the coming year, she will be teaching juniors and seniors. “I may be exposed to people from other cultures or time periods, or perhaps read about characters I have a lot in common with. Each time I read, I gain empathy and understanding for my fellow human beings, and I am enriched by the experiences, good and bad, of others There is the realization that people’s deepest emotional needs and aspirations are universal.