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Adult Summer Reading Program 2014

 

From June 2nd until July 26th, explore literary elements at Scenic Regional Library. Read about all the inventions and science that make up some of literature's more creative genres, from robots, to aliens, to dystopian futures. It's free to participate for all adults ages 18 and up.

 

Guidelines

 
* Visit your local Scenic Regional Library branch and pick up an Adult Summer Reading Program pamphlet and reading log.
* Read any three books.
* Complete and cut out an entry form to have your name entered in a drawing for a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4GB MP3 player or a $40 gift card to a local restaurant.
* Anyone who completes the first entry (reads three books) earns a Fizz, Boom, Read tote bag.
* Earn an additional entry in the prize drawing for each additional book you read.
 

 

Literary Elements

Spark a reaction with one of these suggested books this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyper spatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.
 
* Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in the near future in a totalitarian Christian theocracy that has overthrown the U.S. government, The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain power.
 
* Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake.  A novel of the future explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.
 
* Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game. Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if humankind is to survive.
 
* Crichton, Michael. The Andromeda Strain. A military satellite launched to collect organisms in the upper atmosphere lands in Arizona. Within a few hours, almost everyone in a nearby town is dead. A team of scientists is assembled to investigate.
 
* Cronin, Justin. The Passage. A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.
 
* Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In a postapocalyptic San Francisco, a bounty hunter sets out to “retire” six androids. The movie Blade Runner was based on this story.
 
* Herbert, Frank. Dune. Paul Atreides moves with his family to the planet Dune and is forced into exile when his father’s government is overthrown. The first book in the series.
 
* Meyer, Stephanie. The Host. A woman refuses to relinquish her mind to her alien host.
 
* Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler’s Wife. The story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian. They met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true: Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with chrono-displacement disorder. Periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, disappearing spontaneously for experiences alternately harrowing and amusing.
 
* Orwell, George. 1984. Winston Smith lives in a society where the government controls people’s lives every second of the day. Alone in his small, one-room apartment, Winston dreams of a better life. Is freedom from this life of suffering possible? There must be something that the Party cannot control—something like love, perhaps?
 
* Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. A Jesuit leads an expedition to investigate singing emanating from a planet. So are discovered the Runa, intelligent beings, but undernourished. The explorers fix that, and a population explosion follows, attracting space-age cannibals who start eating them. The explorers are killed, except for the Jesuit who tells the tale.

 

For a complete list of recommended reads (including Non-Fiction), click here.