lakeside-714749_1280Summer is one of the best times of the year to dive into a few great books. Most of the mainstream television shows are on hiatus, so you can easily convert that time into reading. The days are longer, so you can even relax outside enjoying the fresh air and the latest books from these wonderful authors. If you’re traveling by plane, train or bus, becoming immersed in a great story helps make the trip go faster. Whether you prefer paperbacks or your e-reader, you can find what you’re looking for at your local library or online.


Stephen King 

Master of suspense Stephen King has a new novel out, Finders Keepers. The characters were first introduced in his previous work, Mr. Mercedes. Stephen King’s stories are always a delight — the everyman trying to survive when faced with a creepy and dangerous situation. You might want to read this sitting on your deck on a bright sunny day.

Neal Stephenson 

If science fiction is more your speed, prolific, bestselling author Neal Stephenson’s new novel Seveneves recounts what happens when the human race attempts to return to Earth. Like King, he has thrilled readers for decades. His works span fields, such as mathematics, philosophy and cryptography. His tales are epic, dense stories.

Kate Atkinson

Atkinson follows her successful novel, Life After Life, which tells the story of Ursula Todd, with a sequel of sorts. In A God in Ruins, another Todd sibling, Teddy is the protagonist. Teddy survives wartime, struggling to adapt to his life. Atkinson crosses genres, also writing crime fiction, with the Jackson Brodie series.

books-768426_1280Local Libraries and Bookstores

There are plenty of libraries and bookstores in the area, where you can check out these new works and the myriad of services available.

Parkersburg WV

J&M Used Books

1215 Blizzard Dr Suite B
Parkersburg, West Virginia
(304) 422-8733


Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library 

3100 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, WV26104-2414
Telephone: 304-420-4587   Fax: 304-420-4589

Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Closed Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day

South Parkersburg Branch

1713 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26101
Telephone: 428-7041

Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Williamstown Library
201 West 5th Street Williamstown, WV 26187
Telephone: 375-6052

Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Waverly Library
450 Virginia Street, Waverly, WV 26184
Telephone: 464-5668

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday during Summer
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Marietta OH

Marietta Public Library

615 Fifth Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-373-1057
Fax: 740-373-2860


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Belpre OH

2012 Washington Boulevard
Belpre, OH 45714
Phone: 740-423-8381
Fax: 740-423-8305


Monday – Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
Thursday and Friday:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday:  Closed

Asylum Comics

266 Muskingum Dr
Marietta, Ohio
(740) 373-9710

Caldwell OH

Caldwell Public Library

517 Spruce St.
P.O. Box 230
Caldwell, OH 43724-0230


Mon: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue:  8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri:    8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Sat:    8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Genealogy Room: Mon.,Tue.,Wed.,Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Cambridge OH

Guernsey County Public Library

800 Steubenville Avenue

Cambridge, Ohio 43725
(740) 432-5946


Monday – Friday : 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Genealogy Room: Monday – Friday. 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.