Summer reading is a treasured tradition for many people, from beach blanket books to students’ summer vacation lists. But if you follow the venerable New York Times Bestsellers List to choose your summer reads, you probably don’t live in the Blythewood area.
In fact, only one of the top 10 circulated print titles at the Blythewood branch of Richland Library matched up with the national top-sellers in July: “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens topped both lists.
Geography may be one reason. According to Blythewood librarian Lori Robbins-Murphy, local readers often gravitate toward books based in the South or by Southern authors. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is a murder mystery based in a North Carolina coastal town.
Several of the other books in the Blythewood library’s top 10 titles also have Southern connections, including “Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews and “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank.
The rest of the local top 10 for adult readers are:
“The Lost Man” by Jane Harper
“I Owe You One” by Sophie Kinsella
“Redemption” by David Baldacci
“The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin
“Wild Card” by Stuart Woods
“Tom Clancy Enemy Contact” by Mike Maden
“The First Lady” by James Patterson
For younger reads, the local top 10 child/teen print titles in July are:
“Vehicles” by Stephanie Babin
“Fly Guy vs. the Fly Swatter” by Tedd Arnold
“My First Book of Superpowers” by David and Morris Katz
“Little Snappers Peek-Through Forest” by Jonathan Litton
“There Is A Bird on Your Head!” By Mo Willems
“Biscuit Visits the Big City” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin
“Should I Share My Ice Cream?” by Mo Willems
“My Car Trip” by Sindy McKay
“Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century” by Jane O’Connor