Read Beneath the Surface

Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Summer reading isn't just for kids; adults and teens can join in too. Just for signing up, adults and teens will receive a free book bag filled with goodies including a free ice cream gift certificate (while supplies last). Plus, adults and teens who read at least five books will be entered into a drawing for a Nexus 7 or an iPad mini!

Sign up for summer reading here:


The theme for adults and teens this year is "Beneath the Surface." Here are a few books to get you started:


Neverwhere- Neil Gaiman

Beneath the surface of London, there is an underground world where nothing is ever as it appears. While at first the tale may seem reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, this is no children's story. Neil Gaiman's dark and gritty world will keep you turning pages as you strive to uncover the mysteries of his underground world.


Freakonomics -Steven D. Levitt

This non-fiction title asks readers to seek beneath the surface of common assumptions and sociological problems. How does your name affect people's first impressions of you? How does abortion affect crime rates? What is really going on with standardized testing? Steven D. Levitt explores questions such as these using simple economic tactics, revealing answers you might never expect.

House of Leaves

House of Leaves -Mark Z Danielewski

This infamous experimental novel cannot really be described, it must be experienced. Following the lives of a young couple as they move into a home that defies physics and hides strange and discerning secrets, the beauty of the story is the text itself, which challenges the reading process as we know it and forces readers to look beneath the surface of the text itself.

Black like Me

Black like Me -John Howard Griffin

In 1950's Louisiana, journalist John Howard Griffin abandoned the privilege of his white, upper-class life to explore the harsh realities facing African Americans in the deep south. Using medication to darken his skin, Griffin felt firsthand the prejudice and disparity coming even from those who knew him. His experiences shocked readers and demonstrated the importance of looking beneath the surface and past skin color in order to eradicate racism.

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