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Choose from our favorite summer reads for 2022. Amazing titles for middle grade readers to adults!

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Early Morning Riser

A novel

By Katherine Heiny
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, a wise, bighearted novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family—from the acclaimed author of Standard Deviation, who has been called the "literary descendant of Jane Austen, sharing Austen's essentially comic world view" (NPR).     

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Peaces

A Novel

By Helen Oyeyemi
Narrated by: Ben Allen, Intae Kim, Jade Wheeler, Deana Taheri, Rosa Escoda & Deepti Gupta
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

“Enchanting . . . the most surprising, confounding, and oddly insightful couple’s trip in recent literary history.” —Entertainment Weekly

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Gingerbread; Boy, Snow, Bird; and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.


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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

A Novel

By Rivka Galchen
Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter." —Alexis Gunderson, PASTE Magazine

The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from Rivka Galchen, the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances.


The story begins in 1618, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The...

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Klara and the Sun

A Novel

By Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Sura Siu
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

Klara and the Sun

“When I read Ishiguo's work, I feel as if a veil has been lifted, and suddenly the world—or range—of humanness, and all it's uncomfortable possibilities, are clear. I'm so grateful for his extraordinary talents and ability to manifest new understandings inside the mind this reader. Whether it's the source of human emotion, the impact of memory, the grappling of regret, or simply the purpose of human life, I finish his books with greater insight into the scope of the living. Klara is no different—an inhuman character who in one almost childlike voice, reveals the boundaries between human and inhuman, between a future and obsolescence, between the bonds and boundaries of love. Thank you Mr. Ishiguro ~ again.”

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The Guncle

By Steven Rowley
Narrated by: Steven Rowley
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

The Guncle

“Absolutely adored this. I laughed so hard while also feeling moved by the characters navigating grief associated with losing a mother / sister-in-law/best friend. Rowley plays with expectations surrounding grief – to be sad, to mourn, not to laugh – and the need for joy, survival, and life after loss. "Gup" (Gay Uncle Patrick) imparts his wisdom and flamboyant way to see the world upon his niece and nephew trying to help them start to heal without fearing the world. While these kids turn his bachelor life on its head, filling his house with endless questions, Christmas in July, and SO MUCH sunscreen, this disruption may be exactly what he needs. Great book addressing grief and loss without being sad.”

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Love in Color

Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

By Bolu Babalola
Narrated by: Ajjaz Awad, Nneka Okoye, Bolu Babalola & Olukemi Babalola
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

Love in Color

Love in Color is delicious. I wanted to both savor every word and devour the next story. Each story unlike the last, each with a different voice and style. Babalola's retellings and reimaginings draw you in to each unique trial of love. A decadent read perfect for a beach, cabin, orrr anywhere else. ;)”

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Great Circle

A novel

By Maggie Shipstead
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Alex McKenna
Length: 25 hours 16 minutes

Great Circle

“Like so many big, statement-making novels, Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle is an inviting, ambitious, and commodious work. But unlike so many of them, Great Circle makes the statement without dragging across its page count. It gallops, in fact, in its telling of Marian Graves's triumphant and ill-fated trek across the globe and of the Hollywood starlet, decades later, charged with playing her on screen. And it does so with verve and an infectious volley of voice that I couldn't get out of my head.It's the kind of story you wish would never end. Great Circle is as heart-aching as it is profound in what it says about life's great journeys, our shared histories, and freedom!”

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Velvet Was the Night

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

Velvet Was the Night

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia does it again! I have enjoyed every single book I've read of hers. Velvet Was the Night illustrates give and take between happenstance and plotting, lack of knowledge and accidental coincidence. All folks in the book are trying to find the same person, but all for different reasons. This leads people on wild goose chases and causes suspicion of people just trying to return the missing person's god damn cat. The characters struggle with what they are 'supposed to do' vs their conscience, how they are perceived by those around them vs by themselves, and their growing defiance to claim their autonomy. Velvet Was the Night dives deeper and deeper into the links between the government/police force, gangs, communism, and reporters in 1970s Mexico City. This is a story of the emotional, lonely hearts of broken people in a political world out of their control.”

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The Best of Me

By David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

The Best of Me

“As if there is anything greater than a new David Sedaris, it's listening to David Sedaris read the new David Sedaris. This self-edited collection of essays from his prolific 25-year career is exactly what we need to boost the morale of 2020 and remind ourselves what a crazy world we've always lived in when viewed through Sedaris's keen observational eye and told with his unique & irreverent voice. The Best of Me is perfect for both long-time fans or those reading Sedaris for the first time and the audio read by the author means no nuance is left behind.”

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The Bad Muslim Discount

A Novel

By Syed M. Masood
Narrated by: Pej Vahdat & Hend Ayoub
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

The Bad Muslim Discount

“An amazing debut novel from Syed M. Masood. The narration brought the words to life, and I found myself playing parts of it to my coworkers because I was laughing so hard. Masood takes an engaging, insightful look into the Muslim-American community in the 90's by following two very different families in the move to the United States. It's a great look into the meaning of faith and family. ”

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One of the Good Ones

By Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jordan Cobb & Carolyn Smith
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

One of the Good Ones

“I am SPEECHLESS. I am still processing. But what I do know, without a doubt, is that One of the Good Ones is a must-read, a beautiful gut punch by a sister duo that is poised to take the publishing world by storm. Maika and Maritza manage to pack so much into so little, each moment its own universe, tackling the enormously difficult topics of systemic racism, police brutality, coming out to religious parents, epigenetics, and grief. The multiple perspectives across multiple timelines are simply perfect, lending so much to the greater story, and mystery(! I never saw that twist coming), keeping you reading into the early hours. But amidst the greater discussions of dismantling the institutions that uphold respectability above all else, there is so much joy too. There is hope. There is friendship that crosses oceans (or countries as the case may be). There is a road to recovery. And that left me with the best kind of tears in my eyes.”

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By Malinda Lo
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

“This coming of age story about a young woman growing up queer in 1950s Chinatown, San Francisco, was brilliant. I loved the rich historical detail, believable characters, exploration of intersectional identities, romance, and sense of place, made even stronger by the excellent narration. Best book I've read in quite some time and highly recommended for adults or teens!”

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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

By Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

“'She was not a creature of courage, but she was one of spite.' This book is exactly my niche- queer fairy-tales, trans pirates, bloodsucking mermaids, a sentient sea, and a delightfully mean witch. I can't shut up about it!!!”

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Tokyo Ever After

A Novel
Tokyo Ever After: Book #1

By Emiko Jean
Narrated by: Ali Ahn
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

"Narrator Ali Ahn gives this young adult rom-com fun doses of personality and sass...Ahn's accents and Japanese pronunciations ring true as she clearly differentiates characters of different ages and nationalities." -- AudioFile Magazine

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK!

The Princess Diaries
meets Crazy Rich Asians in Emiko...

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Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
Narrated by: Ethan Herisse
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

New York Times and USA Today bestseller * Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor * Walter Award Winner * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Time Magazine Best Book of the Year * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the...

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Barry Squires, Full Tilt

By Heather Smith
Narrated by: Irene Poole
Length: 4 hours 23 minutes

Barry Squires, Full Tilt

“ Barry Squires, Full Tilt is the perfect combination of laugh-out-loud funny and tearful sad. Barry dreams of being a Full Tilt dancer, famous and held in high esteem. He sees it as a way to escape being bullied and almost constantly angry. Barry is witty and irreverent, and his antics fluctuate between hilarious and destructive. The person he loves most is his baby brother Gord, whom he takes everywhere. He pushes his stroller around the neighborhood, all around town, and to the harbor. His moments with Gord are his favorite moments of every day. Barry has a loving family, but it is a real family, with sibling rivalry, postpartum depression, and other imperfections and troubles. And it becomes a family of great tragedy. Now angrier than ever, Barry must learn how to navigate his emotions and make his way toward peace. An excellent listen”

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Charming as a Verb

By Ben Philippe
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 8 hours 6 minutes

From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han. 

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son,...

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Alone

By Megan E. Freeman
Narrated by: Gail Shalan
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends,... Read more »

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Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

Kiki Kallira: Book #1

By Sangu Mandanna
Narrated by: Zenia Starr
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

For fans of the Aru Shah and Serpent's Secret series, this action-packed fantasy-adventure sees a girl's drawings of Indian mythology spring to vivid life--including the evil god who seeks to enter the real world and destroy it.

Kiki Kallira has always been a worrier. Did she lock the front door? Is there a terrible reason her mom is late?... Read more »

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Prairie Lotus

By Linda Sue Park
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father's shop, and making at least one friend.

Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America's heartland, in... Read more »

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