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Summer is the time to try new things, and for some people that includes trying some new books.

There are plenty of places to go in the area where readers can purchase books and see what is popular. Cicada Books and Coffee, Booktenders, and The Inner Geek have all shared some of their favorite reads and book recommendations for the summer.

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'Book Lovers' by Emily Henry is also recommended by the Inner Geek. Book seller Alissa Brown said, 'We sell the heck out of that one here lately. It just came out. But it's a good, like, flip-through romance that you sit outside and read, that kind of thing, to me anyways."

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“‘Another Appalachia’ has been very popular. It’s an LGBTQ+ (book). Plus, it’s an Appalachian book so she was raised in southern West Virginia so she’s a local author,” said Dawn Nolan of Cicada Books.

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“I actually read it on vacation last year. It was very good, Funny, sitting in the sun soaking up vitamin D read; now it is kind of a horror book, which isn't really my thing. But it's done with so much humor that it's a very fast read... Very funny. And I thought it was a really good one to read on the beach,” said Alissa Brown.

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“This one actually blew up on TikTok, which has had massive, massive impacts on book sales for the past year/year and a half. And this is one of the ones that’s went really big on there, which is kind of cool, because it’s a lot of small press or even self-published, female writers (that) have literally shot to the top of the bestseller list that way — ‘BookTok,’ and (Bailey is) one of them. This one, ‘Hook, Line, and Sinker’ is particularly beach appropriate,” said Brown.

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