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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 10:18 am

The history lover: Tom Kohlhepp

What I’ve been reading: I picked up “Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World,” by Chris Scarre. 

Favorite reads: I read history books designed for junior high and high school.

Biggest sellers in your bookstore, Tom’s Used Books: “Jaycee Dugard: A Stolen Life” — It sold out in the first day.

Other popular sellers: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson; “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins; anything by Diana Gabaldon. 

Lodi writer Susan Crosby: Giving ‘Dragon Tattoo’ a chance this summer

What's on your summer reading list? I’m finally getting around to reading “The  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larson. My book club is reading it, as well as “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. He came to the Lodi Library to speak a couple of months ago. I bought his book and read it, and loved it, so I recommended it to my book club.

Describe your favorite reading spot: Generally I’m curled up on my sofa or stretched out on a lounge chair under shade somewhere.

Do you re-read books? I used to re-read a whole lot. Now there are too many books and so little time, as the saying goes. I have shelves and shelves of “keepers.” I wish I had time to savor them again.

Children’s librarian Jim Tinder reads historical non-fiction

What you’re reading? I tend to read mostly non-fiction, but I do read some comic books. I read one called “10 Cent Plague” by  David Hajdu. It was a book that talked about the censorship of comic books in the 1940s and ’50s and how they had book burnings and comic book burnings in churches because they thought they were bad for children. 

Recommendations for children: “Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air Balloon Ride” by Marjorie Priceman. The “Judy Moody” movie came out and books are tying in with that. 

Is there a book you find yourself rereading in the summertime? No, not really. Mostly everything comed down to reading a lot of children’s story. I often re-read the “Pigeon” books by Mo Willems to the children at the library.

Lodi suspense writer Robin Burcell curls up with a little adventure

Just finished: “The Glassblower of Murano” by Marina Fiorato (historical and contemporary mix in Venice).

Currently reading: “I’d Know You Anywhere,” Laura Lippman (mystery).

Next up: “In The Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson.

Recommendations: For summer, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I like a good action/adventure, that takes me to a foreign locale. Maybe a good spy mystery or thriller with a European setting. I like something that will let me go on vacation when I’m “stuck in Lodi.” “The Calassblower of Murano” was that book for early this summer. Lighter reading, and it gave a good visual of Murano. (A few years ago, I went to Italy to research “The Bone Chamber,” and stayed a few days in Venice. I did not, alas, get to some of the outlying locations like Murano to see the artists blowing glass. My early summer read allowed me to visit Murano from the comfort of my armchair.) I usually like to get in a good action/adventure/thriller, by authors like James Rollins, Lee Child, Steve Berry or Alex Berenson. Good mysteries or suspense: Linda Fairstein, Jan Burke, Laura Lippman, John Lescroart. 

Favorite spot to read: A comfy couch where I can curl up, since I often fall asleep when I read. But in truth, anywhere. That’s the beauty of books — they’re nice and portable.

Favorite re-reads: “Lord of the Rings: Vol. I-III.” In truth, I haven’t re-read them in decades. With the exception of books on writing, which I do revisit, there are so many fiction books that I have yet to get to, who has time to re-read anything? 

Librarian Behjat Kerdegari shares teen list

What are you reading? I always read between teen and adult books. Right now, the teen books that I’m reading that is not a very new one, but is on the 2011-12 California Young Reader Medal list, is “Beastly” by Alex Flinn.

What’s popular among teens? Series that have to do with vampires. I know they have been reading “Vampire Academy”  by Richelle Mead.

Summer reading-movie  marathon: We’ll have three movies in one day on Saturday, July 23. It starts at 2 p.m. with “Tangled,” “Easy A” and “The Ring” (PG-13). For information, call the library at 333-5566.

Deanie Bridewell’s fun summer reads

What are you reading: I just finished ready “The Help.” 

Where do you read: I enjoy reading in my backyard on a chaise in the summer.

A good re-read: “Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl” is one of my favorite fun books.

Bridewell is the Lodi Community Center manager.

A little classic noir with sides of Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson

Book thoughts by Marc Lutz, graphic artist:

Suggested reading: “The Good Thief” by Hannah Tinti. Classic coming of age tale. “Church of the Dead Girls” by Stephen Dobyns. A town is gripped by the horror of serial abductions. “The Pigman” by Paul Zindel. Two teens find acceptance and learn respect for life in the least likeliest of places.

Currently reading: “The Confusion. Vol. 2 of the Baroque Cycle” by Neal Stephenson. A fictionalized look at the evolving and colliding worlds of finance, religion and science. Plus, there's pirates!

Book I will read: “Choke on Your Lies” by Anthony Neil Smith (If I can get my hands on a Kindle). A classic noir novel from the author responsible for other such titles like “To the Devil, My Regards” and “Hogdoggin'.”

Favorite place to read: The couch. It's comfortable and quiet.

Books I'll re-read: “Lonesome Traveler” and “The Dharma Bums” by Jack Kerouac. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson.

Giving old and new books an equal chance this summer

Book thoughts by Maggie Creamer, city hall reporter:

What I’m currently reading: “You Can’t Go Home Again” Thomas Wolfe. Considering all of my friends love this writer, I was excited to pick up this book and happy that I have plenty of lazy summer days to read all 576 pages. His incredible attention to detail will transport you from the hot streets of New York to the cold shoulders the main protagonist receives when he returns back to his rural hometown.

What I’m planning to read: “Not Quite What I was Planning.” This book of sarcastic, funny and sad six-word memoirs by writers, artists and musicians is perfect for reading in places that lead to distraction — beaches, bars, coffee shops. 

The book is based off the legend that when Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a touching, six-word memoir, he wrote: “For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn.” 

Also, I really want to pick up “The Help,” about black woman raising generations of white children in the south, and Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants,” which are both on every summer reading list in the country. 

Stephen King fan? Give “Under the Dome” a chance

Book thoughts by Dan Evans, chief photographer:

I have spent most of my summer reading “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand for the third time. Next up I’ll be reading Stephen Kings “Full Dark, No Stars,” a collection of four novellas.

If you’re a fan of suspenseful Stephen King novels, I suggest reading “Under the Dome.” It’s about a small eastern town that gets cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, invisible barrier. By far the best novel I’ve read in the last year. The antagonist quickly became my most hated character of all time. 

Books that show emotion

Book thoughts by Jennifer M. Howell, photographer

What’s on your summer reading list? “Days With My Father” by Phillip Toledo. I happened upon Toledo’s website one day; his photo essay of caring for his father after his mother unexpectedly died is emotional. “Fine Art Wedding Photography: How to Capture Images with Style for the Modern Bride” by Jose Villa  and Jeff Kent is one I am looking forward to perusing. 

What books do you seem to re-read and what is it about? I always re-read “The Alchemist” and really anything by Paulo Coelho. I love Coelho’s stories and use of imagery. 

My other favorite reading is “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel.

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