This summer, as you head to the beach or the cabin, don’t forget your sunscreen and tick repellent — and definitely do not forget your books. Here are 45 recommendations, from mysteries to novels to YA, wonderful reads that will transport you into the past or the future or overseas — or entertain you with stories close to home. – LAURIE HERTZEL
If you’re looking for something good to read, there’s no one better to ask than a librarian. Think about it: They live their lives surrounded by books. So we asked eight librarians from Hennepin and Ramsey counties what they plan to read this summer, and what they recommend for others. They responded with a stack of books so big it threatens to topple and crush us. Life is good.