Off the Shelf: Summer Reading for Adults

Posted June 7, 2022

By Matthew York
Adult Services Librarian with the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

The Summer Reading Program (SRP) continues to be a statewide tradition at public libraries in Ohio, ever since it began by the coordination of the State Library of Ohio in 1978.

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library is ‘on board’ with announcing the 2022 Summer Reading Program theme of “Oceans of Possibilities.”

“So that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts, seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…”
—Virginia Woolf, excerpt from “To the Lighthouse” (1927)

How to participate in the Summer Reading Program depends on to which age group one belongs. Adults, specifically, can first pick up blank book review slips inside one of our library locations (excluding the Warren Library, which is temporarily closed for renovation); second, write a book review on the slip; and third, submit book review slips back to the library. Alternatively, adults can choose to digitally submit book reviews from the comfort of home, or perhaps from the comfort of a beach, by using an online platform called ReadSquared. To participate through this convenient option, visit WTCPL.READSQUARED.COM.

Children and teens can also participate in the Summer Reading Program; find all the details on the library website here.

The following titles are of recently published non-fiction or fiction books on the theme of Oceans of Possibilities; these are available to check out across the library system this summer!

Non-Fiction Books

Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic (2021) by Robert D. Ballard and Christopher Drew (National Geographic)
Oceanology (2020) edited by Peter Frances (DK Publishing)
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier (2019) by Ian Urbina (Alfred A. Knopf)
Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the Sea’s Monsters and the World They Live In (2021) by Erich Hoyt (Firefly Books)
Fodor’s Essential Australia (2017) by Lee Atkinson, et al. (Fodor’s Travel)

Fiction Books

Summer on the Bluffs (2021) by Sunny Hostin with Veronica Chambers (William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Meet Me in Paradise (2021) by Libby Hubscher (Jove)
Float Plan (2021) by Trish Doller (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Ocean Prey (2021) by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The Siren (2021) by Katherine St. John (Grand Central Publishing)

Want to read more?

Use the library’s Novelist Plus online research resource and type in a keyword. It will offer up a list of similar books about your topic.