Summertime Reads: The August Edition

Summer is far from over – there’s still plenty of time to stretch out on the porch, patio or the beach with a good book. We tapped Emily Kornak, library director for the Lake Geneva Public Library, for a list of page turners that are on her must-read list, and just so happen to be available for check out at the library.

“The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America” by Greg Grandin

This Pulitzer Prize-winning book covers U.S. history and identity from the Revolutionary War on, and details how our frontier focus and outward expansion shaped domestic politics. It caught my attention as a Pulitzer Prize finalist and I’m looking forward to digging into a thought-provoking read. History helps show us how we’ve gotten to where we are, and from what I’ve read and heard, this book frames our past in a particularly enlightening way. If you read this, let me know what you think.

“The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places” by Taylor Fuller

Who doesn’t occasionally pick up a book based on its cover? I certainly do, and this cover is eye-catching. This is a fun book to browse, with beautiful photography and descriptions that will fire up your wanderlust. It may not be the best time to travel the world, but here’s proof you can do it from your armchair at home. 

“Beaded Kumihimo Jewelry” by Rebecca Ann Combs

Crafters, if you haven’t discovered the delight in the infinite variety of beads (fire polished, unicorne teardrop, delica, gemstones), pick this book up for some inspiration. There are 21 projects combining beads and braids for beautiful handmade jewelry. There are some materials needed (and some time and patience), but the final projects are lovely and will likely inspire you to take a trip to your local bead store.