We're all living in a real-life pandemic, so we could all use a little escapism. Social distancing doesn't apply to books, so cozy up with some stories you can't miss. It's our annual summer reading special!

Whether it's a murder mystery, a mythical reimagining, an historic biography, or a visually enchanting graphic novel, three local librarians give us their picks for the books you won't be able to put down this summer. Plus, suggestions for kids and teens, as well as summer reading programs that are accessible to all during this time of social distancing. Part of our Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club.


Susannah Borysthen-Tkacz – emerging technologies librarian at the Cambridge Public Library.

Robin Brenner - teen librarian at the Public Library of Brookline.

Veronica Koven-Matasy - reader services librarian at the Boston Public Library.