20 books to read this summer

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 12:23 in Paleontology & Archaeology

If you’re looking for the perfect beach book, Harvard’s library staff is here to help. This summer, staffers are recommending gripping memoirs, epic fantasies, heartfelt graphic novels, and introspective essay collections. We link to titles available through HOLLIS. Adventure and epic fantasy “The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison Maia, the youngest (and exiled) son of the emperor, ascends to the throne after the suspicious deaths of his father and three older brothers. Contains: Intrigue! The weight and responsibilities of power! Fundamental decency! A cool bridge! It’s the best fantasy book I’ve read in years. — Emily Mathay, Schlesinger Archivist   “Kingdom of the Wicked” (series) by Kerri Maniscalco Emilia is a young witch in Italy, whose quiet life is disrupted when her twin sister is murdered. To help track down the killer and avenge her twin, Emilia makes a deal with a demon. I really enjoyed this supernatural mystery and romance, and the sequels keep the twists coming. A...

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