The Bookworm Sez: Summer Reading 2012

You’re staying. No, you’re going. You’re staying and then you’re going.

The truth is that it’s going to be a nice long summer, so you can do what you want to do. One thing’s for sure, though: you want to do it with a book. So here are some great new releases scheduled to come out this summer….


If you like thrillers, you’re in luck this month!

Look for new heart-thumpers by Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Eric Van Lustbader in June.

If you’re looking for something a little gentler, you’ll find novels by Mary Kay Andrews out in June, as well as Dorothea Benton Frank, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, Ridley Pearson, Janet Evanovich, and Alexander McColl Smith.

James Carville has a new book coming out in June.  There are two different books about the Obamas being released; one about Michelle and one about the President. There’s a new memoir by Anthony Swofford, a new book of devotions by Billy Graham, diet books this month (because it’s never too late for beach-wear season), a new book for runners, too, as well as a new Rachel Ray cookbook, and lots more.

For the kids, look for a new Splat the Cat book, a new release by Rosemary Wells, and a delightful new young adult book by Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter (and it’s not just for teens, either!)


Oh, you’re not done reading, are you?  Because here’s what’s in store for July…

Love biographies? Then look for new ones about Freddie Mercury, Marco Rubio, Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, and Daniel Smith.

James Patterson fans will be happy because he has a new book out in July. So does Andrew Gross, Meg Cabot, and Karin SlaughterIris Johansen has a book due out, as does James Lee Burke, J.A. Jance, Danielle Steel, Emily Giffin, Kay Hooper, Catherine Coulter, and Dean Koontz. 

I’m seeing lots of history on July’s schedule, quite a few devotional books and Christian novels, a handful of interesting psychology / cognitive behavior books, and a book about Batman.

The kids will be happy to find a new Geronimo Stilton book out in July, a new R.L. Stine, several new Disney books, and I can’t wait to get my hands on “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”


The summer’s winding down but the books keep rolling in!

There’s a new W.E.B. Griffin novel coming out, as well as a new releases from Wanda Brunstetter, Stuart Woods, P.J. Tracy, and William Kent Krueger.

There’s a new Sneaky Pie Brown book coming out from Rita Mae Brown. A new novel from Kathy Reichs. A new Star Wars novel. A new bio on Julia Child. I see lots more devotionals on the schedule, and more cookbooks to get you ready for fall.

And before the kids go back to school, they’ll be happy with a new Nevermore book by James Patterson. They’ll want the new Bill Reilly book, the new Kevin Henkes picture book, the latest Marley book by John Grogan, a new Captain Underpants book, and one last release from Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Keep in mind that release dates are approximate and can be changed. Books can also be postponed indefinitely. Ask your bookseller or librarian for the final word because they’ll know. They’re smart like that.

So now, go. Book a great summer!

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books. For more information, visit

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