For those traveling this summer, a good book can seem like a necessity.
For those looking for something to read on the beach, paperbacks are a great choice, with their easy portability and lower price that makes packing one or a few for your summer vacation easy.
Angela Malone, owner of Sugden Book Store on Front Street in Marietta, said she thinks that "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett, will be a big seller this summer. It was popular as a hardback but its recent release to paperback should help it become a favorite read this summer, she said.
Other recommendations by Malone include "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, which has recently become a major motion picture, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
Sugden's also has many books that are being read by book clubs for the summer, including "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a true story of a poor African-American woman whose cells were used, without her knowledge or permission, and have had a part in the development of the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and many other advancements. It is a story of bioethics and scientific discovery and no doubt just as important today as ever.
Malone also mentioned other bestsellers, by Laura Bush and Caroline Kennedy. Kennedy's "She Walks in Beauty" is a collection of poetry outlining a woman's journey. Bush's "Spoken From the Heart" is her personal memoir.
For those looking for an even less expensive option than buying a paperback, the Washington County Public Library provides, as always, books to be checked out for free anytime.
Library employee Melanie Singer said the "Hunger Games" series as well as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series are very popular this summer and that many long-time favorite authors have new books out now, including Tom Clancy, James Patterson, and Jodi Picoult.
"'Dreams of Joy' has been picking up a lot of popularity," Singer said, referencing the novel by Lisa See. "The Shopaholics series is also a nice one for a beach read."
The Sophie Kinsella series was made into a motion picture in 2009.