What do you think is a great summer read - new or old? We asked you recently to share your recommendations with us online.
Here are a few of your suggestions.
The readers are identified by their Net names. To see more - or tell others about your favorites - visit www.philly.com/beachbooks.
Save Me, by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's Press, $27.99) and Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, by Jennifer Pharr Davis (Beaufort Books, $24.95). "Two great ones." - David W. Webber
Immaculate Deception, by Scott Pruden (Codorus Books, $19.95): "A fun book of sex, sin, religious sex, faith, mystery and apocalyptic danger. And Pruden's in West Chester!"
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton (Washington Square Press, $15): "You will be swept through a journey spanning several generations to solve a family mystery."
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey (Doubleday, $27.95): "A great way to get some nonfiction, trivia, science, and great stories into the mix."
"Anyone who lived through the '80s or just loves that era and is looking for a light read, will enjoy Old Wave: A Comic Novel, by Garry Berman (CreateSpace, $15.99). It's the story of an '80s band that reunites along with other New Wave bands to go on tour. Very funny. Great for the beach!"
S.C.R.E.W.E.D.: An Educational Fairytale, by Frank Stepnowski (Outskirts Press, $17.95): "If you're a teacher or work in the educational field you will be delighted and inspired."
- Molly Damian
Wiccan Shadows (ImaJinn Books, $15), by Lori J. Schiele: "The debut novel by local author Schiele is my pick for the mystery/romance of the summer. Start with a realistic sisterhood of characters who support each other no matter what, and add to that werewolves, Wiccan rituals and the search for a missing high priestess, and you get the formula for an engrossing beach read that will take you away from it all."
- D. Starr
Love and Death Over Tea, by Kay Goodstadt (Bucks County Press, $18): "[The debut local writer's] style reminds me of Susan Isaacs. She's entertaining, heart-tugging, yet funny, often tongue-in-cheek." - RhondaBeck
Lost in Shangri-La, by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper, $26.99): "A well-researched, fluidly written account of how three American soldiers - two men and a woman (a WAC) - survived the crash of a military transport plane in the closing months of World War II in an exotic rain forest in New Guinea.
- Inquirer investigative reporter Bill Marimow