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What Will Wilton Read This Summer?

WILTON, Conn. – Since Borders closed down last year, Wilton residents have had to rely on the library when it comes time to get books in town.

Books by John Grisham, Anna Quindlen, Debbie Macomber and James Patterson are checked out frequently during the summer because they are "easy reads" or "chick-lit," said Lauren McLaughlin, assistant director of the Wilton Library.

“We put a cart out of all our paperback books, so people can just come in quick and grab a couple of paperbacks before vacation,” said McLaughlin.

But the waiting lists for "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, "Mission to Paris" by Alan Furst, "Canada" by Richard Ford and "The Red House" by Mark Haddon have also been filled for weeks, she said.

If you go by bestseller lists, the fiction book to read is “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The three books in the series have been in the top three spots on the New York Times Book Review for many weeks. 

When asked about “Fifty Shades,” best-selling author Ann Patchett told attendees of a recent book reading in Wilton that she didn’t care if they read porn but that it should be "good porn."

Even though “Fifty Shades” dominates several bestseller lists, others are standing their ground, including “A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin, the book that inspired the popular HBO show, and recent release “Kiss the Dead” by Laurell K. Hamilton, an account of a vampire hunter searching for an abducted teenager.

That popularity broaches the question: "What will be the next 'big book?'” The question that usually follows that is, “When will I have time to read it?”

At the Westport Barnes & Noble, one of the books that sellers cannot keep on the shelves is “Gone Girl." Also, “The Amature,” a nonfiction book by Edward Klein, is another they said is selling well.

But if following “what’s hot” isn’t something you’re interested in, most libraries have summer reading lists — and they're not just for kids.

In Wilton, the Library Readers have chosen “The Starboard Sea” by Amber Dermont for June, “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman for July and “The Family Fang” by Kevin Wilson for August in the summer reading program. For the kids, the library has programs to encourage reading and give away prizes.

What are you reading this summer? Email Alissa Smith with your reading list.

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