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Reading recommendations for the summer

When the sun is shining on summer weekends in the Brainerd lakes area, many people head to their boat for a day on the water. Some boaters grab their fishing poles, wakeboards, water skis or inflatable rafts for a relaxing day on the lake. Others...

When the sun is shining on summer weekends in the Brainerd lakes area, many people head to their boat for a day on the water.

Some boaters grab their fishing poles, wakeboards, water skis or inflatable rafts for a relaxing day on the lake. Others grab their favorite paperback or e-reader.

Earlier this summer, Laurel Hall, public services and acquisitions library assistant at Brainerd Public Library, offered a list of popular e-books available for rental from the library. Library patrons can borrow e-books using the 3M Cloud Library app. It's as simple as downloading the app on a smartphone or tablet and entering the account number on your library card and the PIN you created when you got your library card.

Seasonal residents who don't live in the area year-round can still get a library card from the Brainerd Public Library, Hall said. If the address on their driver's license doesn't match their local address, they need to bring in a property tax receipt to the library in order to get their library card, she said.

The following are Hall's recommendations for two popular categories of summer reads: thrillers and romance novels.

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You've definitely heard of "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins, both of which are also available in e-book and digital audiobook formats, but you may not know that they belong to the latest hot genre that is tailor-made for long days in the hammock: "grip lit." They are thrillers, most often written by and about women, that grab you from the first page and don't let you go until the final twist. Not for the faint of heart, the storylines often take inspiration from the grittiest crimes and unsolved mysteries from real life and reimagine them for the page.

• "The Good Girl" (2014) or "Pretty Baby" (2015) by Mary Kubica

• "Luckiest Girl Alive" by Jessica Knoll (2015)

• "The Widow" by Fiona Barton (2016)

• "The Passenger" by Lisa Lutz (2016)

• "Missing Pieces" by Heather Gudenkauf (2016)

On the other hand, maybe real life has been a little too real for you lately, and you need to be reminded of the good in the world (or at least to laugh at the bad). There are many thoughtful and well-written romances perfect for your beach bag.

• "Jane Steele" by Lyndsay Faye (2016)

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• "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld (2016)

• "Good at Games" or "The One You Really Want" by Jill Mansell (2016)

• "Save the Date" by Mary Kay Andrews (2015)

• "A Wedding in Provence" by Ellen Sussman (2014)

• "The Engagements" by J. Courtney Sullivan (2013)

SPENSER BICKETT may be reached at 218-855-5859 or spenser.bickett@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/spenserbickett .

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