Local bookstores pick their top summer reads

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Fun Summer Reading Picks

Much like your wardrobe, your bookshelf needs updating (Fifty Shades of Gray was so last season). Don't worry, we've got you covered with top summer picks from our favorite local bookstores. Get ready for some serious page burners.

The Night Circus   The Night Circus
$15, BookEnds, 600 Kailua Rd. #126
"It's a contemporary Romeo and Juliet rivalry-slash-love story set in 1901 in a world full of sorcery. The children of two rival magicians fall deeply in love, even though they're compelled to fulfill this feud to the death!"
-- Pat Banning, Owner
     
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
$18.90, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall
"David Sedaris' new release is chock full of what we've come to expect from him: wit, insight, and an uncanny way of turning mundane experiences, like going to the doctor, into hilarious events. You'll totally relate to what he's saying, even if you'd never think of it yourself."
-- Ipo Tonaki, Community Relations Manager
  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
     
Perfect Pops   Perfect Pops
$18.95, Sand People, Ala Moana Center
"This recipe book is filled with intriguing flavors like pineapple with chili and lime, pistachio saffron, chocolate-covered ginger ice cream, even one with corn! I'm pushing for a staff party where everyone makes a popsicle from the book so we can try them all."
-- Dale Geldum, Store Manager
     
Smoke: New Firewood Cooking
$40, R&D, 691 Auahi St.
"There's so much more to grilling than just salt and pepper. Chef Tim Byres introduces different tools, explains how to incorporate homemade jams and jellies for richer flavors, and has a killer recipe for a smoky Bloody Mary mix. This seems like a guy's book, but it's really a must-have for any woman who dreads grilled Oscar Mayer hot dogs as the only barbecue food option."
-- Wei Fang, Principal
  Smoke: New Firewood Cooking
     
99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special   99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special
$19.95, University of Hawaii at Manoa Bookstore
"This book offers some fun, easy, and eco-friendly ways to breathe new life into your casual summer wardrobe. Most of the designs require little or no sewing; just grab an old tee and a pair of scissors and you're ready to go!"
-- Lee Tanimura, Assistant Manager
     
Daughters of Fire
$20, Na Mea Hawaii/Native Books, Ward Warehouse
"This book is a fun read set in contemporary Hawaii, combining Hawaiian culture, values, and mythological elements into one compelling story. It's refreshing to see a local author write something that's easy for readers to grab onto."
-- Mathias Maas, Store Manager
  Daughters of Fire

 

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