What Are You Reading? Tell Us About It for a Chance to Win a Kindle!

Patch is assembling a list of summer book recommendations and rewarding one Patch reader in the Dexter area with a Kindle just for helping.


What are you reading right now?

What did your kiddos finish reading last night?

Summer is in full swing, and so is the popular summer reading program at the (have you helped your kids log their reading time yet? You have until Aug. 9). 

We're continuing to build our 2012 Summer Reading Guide and looking for Patch readers to help. Post a comment with your reading recommendation; one commenter will be chosen at random on Friday to win a new Kindle e-Reader.

And, speaking of reading recommendations, Patch has put together (with the help of bestselling author James Patterson) a list of age-specific titles that you should check out.

  • For preschoolers and kids through age 7Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina and more.
  •  The Houdini Box By Brian Selznick and more.
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos and more.
  •  One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia and more.

If you like any of these, or have other well-loved books to share, tell us all about it. 

Post a comment with your book recommendation (for kids or adults) by noon Friday, July 20, to enter.

A Patch editor will pick a winner at random; that winner will be contacted Friday afternoon and will have until noon Monday to respond in order to claim the prize. The Kindle we're giving away is the 6-inch version shown here.

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. And this wouldn't be a contest without a .

What have you read this summer?

K. Palkowski July 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I am reading Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees", which was a garage sale find. My 12 year old is reading "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini, which she found in the nicely designed teen area of the Dexter library. My preschooler is reading every "Little Critter" book she can find at the library. K. Palkowski
Wendy Carter July 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Just finishing up Mockingjay the 3rd book in the Hunger Games series. Great compelling easy summer reading series!
Brandy July 17, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Just finished reading "The Help" and just started "The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle. I just saw the silent film and thought I'd give the book a try and so far it's a good read.
Lisa July 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I just finished "Killing Lincoln"by Bill O'Reily--awesome reading. I am getting ready to start "Decision Points" by George W Bush. My 9yr old daughter is reading the Little House on the Prairie series...she just started book 3.
Susan July 17, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I just finished reading the first two books("Learning" and "Leaving") in the Bailey Flanigan series, written by Karen Kingsbury. This series is fantastic and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the series, "Longing" and "Loving".
Katie July 17, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I'm currently reading Bridal Bargains by Denise & Alan Fields as I plan for my wedding!
Roberta OKeefe July 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I'm starting to read "True Believer" by Nicholas Sparks. My 12 year old is reading the Hunger Game series and I'm reading Dr. Seuss to my 2 younger children.
Wendy Martin July 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Just finished "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and my 9 year old is tearing through Michigan Chillers, 6 year old is reading Junie B. Jones...I would LOVE a Kindle for my kids to share!
Roger Brenton July 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Currently reading and loving Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Just finished The Utopia of Noah Lazarus by Dexter native Penni Jones, which I also enjoyed.
Dawn Monroe July 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I am reading last years Newberry Moon Over Manifest. Dawn Monroe
Shelly July 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Just finishing, "Are You My Mother," By Alison Bechdel. Also reading, "A Clash of Kings," by Martin George, and "The Walking Dead," by Kirkman. Love this idea. I am going to comb through the list so I can figure out my next books!
Jenny Davis July 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Just finished "Restless in the Grave"--the latest Dana Stabenow book. Love her stuff!
Liz Neil July 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
The Map of the World -- and working on Killing Lincoln and Nothing Daunted.
Steven Howard July 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Just rolled through John Kennedy Toole's early novel 'The Neon Bible' over the past two days upon having it recommended by a friend. It's interesting to see the raw talent of the 'Dunces' author in its infancy. Today, I've begun re-reading the late French philosopher Jean Baudrillard's 1986 release 'America.' I've read it twice already and just am beginning to feel as though I can grasp portions of it. My fifteen-month-old is loving having 'Whose Toes are Those' read to her lately. It's her new favorite for the moment.
Angie Lai July 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Cheryl G July 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Just finished "Stolen Prey" by John Sandford - another great book in the "prey" series with Lucas Davenport.
Barbara Fike July 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Recently finished The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter. Am now reading My Gal Sunday by Mary Higgins Clark. Will then be reading either Testimony by Anita Shreve or The Secret Life of Houdini by Kalush and Sloman. Haven't decided yet.
Stephanie Dunlavy Schoch July 17, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I'm reading a Love & Logic book and we just went to the library last night and picked up a couple Judy Blume books for my daughter!!! She was just asking for a Kindle!!!!! :)
Deb July 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I'm reading Mockingjay, the third book of The Hunger Games series. My 11 year old just started reading The Lightning Thief.
Katie Dersnah Mitchell July 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Just finished Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. BTW, your local librarians applaud this contest! ;)
Cortney Ophoff July 18, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I just finished the books in James Clavell's Asian Saga and am currently reading Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante, and Within a Budding Grove, by Marcel Proust. My son is reading his way through the L. Frank Baum books (and loving them!), and together (out loud) we are reading The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. We'll probably read The Lord of the Rings trilogy to him next.
Shelly Bitner Petrinko July 18, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I just started a non-fiction book called Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea by Donovan Hohn. For my guilty pleasure fiction fix I'm reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Matt Pegouskie July 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I'm reading Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters. Good historical fiction about Gettysburg that rivals Shaara's Killer Angels.
Daniel Lai July 20, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Brandy, you are the winner of the Kindle drawing. Can you please email me your address? daniel.lai@patch.com.
Daniel Lai July 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Brandy, you have until 5 p.m. Tuesday July 24 to contact me, or we will choose another winner. Daniel.Lai@patch.com


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