Summer may be winding down but there's still plenty of time to find a bestseller, discover a new author or explore a brand-new genre. Need some suggestions? Take a look at the following lists from selected newspapers and websites and see what appeals.
Lots of holds on a must-read title? Don't despair! Library shelves are full of new books to discover. If you're in the mood for sweeping tales that span centuries and generations, browse the Epic novels and stand-alone sagas reading list. If you prefer a quick read, try Stories, samplers and short works, engaging writing that can be read in one sitting.
Be sure and pick up a Read4Life adult summer reading game card to record your books. Return your card to any library by August 31st - you'll be entered to win an e-book reader.
NPR's Summer books 2013 critics' lists have something for everyone -- historicals, romance, forgotten classics, the urban experience, comics and poetry are some of the categories. USA Today features booksellers' picks for summer reading; scan their predictions for hot fiction, nonfiction and "sleepers" and see if they're on track. The LA Times' Summer Reading Guide includes 156 book picks: thrillers and young adult books, history and novels, memoirs and science fiction, pop culture books, kids books and more.
Find out-of-the-mainstream titles on Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters (designer Chip Kidd, editor Maria Popova, choreographer Bill T. Jones, to name a few). More hot, new and undiscovered titles appear on the DailyCandy's 14 New Books That Save Brain Cells This Summer: Essay anthologies, scorching family dramas and more.
Subject-specific lists to consider: Scientific American's Best Summer Books, recently-published science books worth reading selected by SA editors, bloggers and contributors; Theater Books for Summer Reading on the Broadway & Me blog; JP Morgan's Summer 2013 Reading List offers "a global exploration of topics including philanthropy, gender equality, business and art"; stretch your mind with some readable philosophy from the hosts and guests of Philosophy Talk.
Librarians love to steer book lovers to Indiebound, the independent booksellers website. Book groups will enjoy their Summer 2013 Reading Group Indie Next list. And no reading list would be complete without Oprah's summer picks: best cookbooks, compelling paperbacks, arresting memoirs and much more.