Staff Picks: Favorite Summer Reads 2023

It’s been a summer full of great weather for reading! A rainy June, a humid July, and some clear August skies have given PFL staff a chance to sit down with some great books. Read on for the list of our favorite titles of standouts new and old.


The All of It by Jeannette Haien


The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese


The Dog of the North by Elizabeth McKenzie


Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

A dragon-filled fantasy read that reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games and A Court of Thornes and Roses.


Hotel Cuba by Aaron Hamburger


The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley


The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is much better than the movie. (I still love the movie anyway.)


Night of the Ghoul by Scott Snyder


The Road to Dalton by Shannon Bowring


Rooster Fighter Vol. 1 by Shu Sakuratani

A funny and bizarre manga about a rooster who fights demons.


Small Mercies by Dennis LeHane


Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft


Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune


Welcome Home or Someplace Like It by Charlotte Agell

A cute and creative story that takes place in Maine.


You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith

The author is a poet, and the formatting of the memoir was really engaging.



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