06/07/2012 07:10 pm ET Updated Aug 07, 2012

This Summer's Hottest Reads, Hand-Picked by Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians

By Central Library Librarians Joyce Cooper, Christa Deitrick, and Mary McCoy

It's summer reading club time at your local public library, but why should the kids get to have all the fun? Along with the holidays, it's the time of year when we're most likely to carve time out of our schedules to read for pleasure. With time at a premium, who wants to spend it reading a dud?

Here at LAPL, we've been combing our shelves for this summer's best reading -- we hope you'll find your next pool, patio, or plane book here.

LAPL's Top Picks for Summer Reading