Whether relaxing poolside or curled up on the couch in the comfort of an air-
conditioned room, few will argue there's no better time to read a good book than in the summer.
The latest release of the "Star Wars" saga has sparked a surge in Star Wars books by local readers, noted Joyce Hagy, owner of The Book Bug in Miner.
"'Chicken Soup for the Soul' books are still popular -- and they have a book for everyone," Hagy said.
Many readers are interested in biographies and true crime. Paranormal books like Christine Feehan's "Ocean's of Fire" are favorites as well as contemporary romance books, especially those by authors Nora Roberts and Linda Howard, Hagy said.
And for men, war books are still in demand, Hagy noted.
"Whatever war they were born in or fought in, they request," Hagy said, adding the store can special order books if they aren't in stock. "There'll always be an interest in those and biographies -- and whoever's popular at the time."
According to Ron Eifert, assistant director of the Sikeston Public Library, the library is a busy place during the summer, too.
"Ballgames are in full swing, and a lot of the parents take books out to read and they'll pick up audios for long car trips or checkout books to read on the beach," Eifert said.
In nonfiction, one of the most requested titles recently has been "Three Nights in August," by Buzz Bissinger ("Friday Night Lights"). The book tells the story of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs during the 2003 baseball season, Eifert explained.
James Patterson is a favorite of readers everywhere, and his newest book was released just in time for summer, Eifert noted. The novel, "4th of July," is a continuation of the Women's Murder Club series and the library has four copies -- two regular print and two large print -- in circulation.
For teens, Eifert said the "Princess Diary" books, "Lemony Snicket" books, which there is a waiting list for those, and of course, Harry Potter books are popular.
Science fiction authors Brian Jordan and Mercdees Lackey as well as the books based on the TV series, "Charmed," are also common.
Last month was a busy month at the Sikeston Public Library, as many fiction titles were added to the library's growing collection.
In addition to the fiction and nonfiction works previously listed, popular authors whose newest works were added to the library's collection include "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd; "Marker" By Robin Cook; "Irish Cream" by Andrew Greeley; "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis; "Countdown" by Iris Johansen; "the Hot Kid" by Elmore Leonard; "The House of Spirits" and "Zorro" by Isabel Allende; "Broken Prey" by John Sandford; and "The Triumph of the Sun" by Wilbur Smith.
Works by new authors added to the collection include: "Gods in Alabama" by Joshilyn Jackson; "Big Hair and Flying Cows" by Dolores J. Wilson; and "Mike, Mike and Me" by Wendy Markham.
In the mood for a good mystery? "The Closers" by Michael Connelly; "The Serpent on the Crown" by Elizabeth Peters; "Out of Range" by C.J. Box; and "The Body in the Snow Drift" by Katherine Hall Page are newly available for checkout. Also available is "Transgressions" -- a collection of mysteries and detective stories edited by Ed McBain.
For western fans, new titles include: "The Vanishing Raiders" by Fred Grove; and "The Cuchillo Plains" by Ray Hogan.
Other new nonfiction titles include "Blood Brother: 33 reasons Why My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty" by Anne Bird; "Apples and Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness" by Marie Savard, M.D.; "The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books; "Age-
Proof Your Mind" by Zaldy S. Tan, M.D.; and "When the Mississippi Ran Backwards" by Jay Feldman.