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Jun 12

Adult Summer Reading Suggestions: Fantasy

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Imagine Your story Summer Reading Program takes place June 22 through July 31

Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate all kinds of stories. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.


Today we'll highlight our favorites books from the fantasy genre. These stories often feature mythical quests,  supernatural worlds or magical creatures. What is always true is that while these stories are not possible in reality, they always reflect our humanity.

Classic Book Suggestions for Adults
  • The City of Brass by S.A. ChakrabortyThe City of Brass book cover
    Summary: Nahri, a young con artist of unsurpassed talent, inadvertently summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, revealing the existence of true magic before the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom falls into her hands.
  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
    Summary: Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six. When a young man crosses the bridge into New York City, something changes. He doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can feel the pulse of the city, can see its history, can access its magic. And he's not the only one.
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Wecker Helene
    Summary: Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the link below for a pdf of more book suggestions. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog.

Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library started June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges and win prizes. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.