As summer draws to a close and the days become cooler, many of us are looking for ways to savor the last few weeks before fall. One great way to spend your days is with a good book! To kick off the new season, consider reading a book by a local Frederick County author. Get comfortable and check out our ultimate end-of-summer reading list. One of these authors might just be your neighbor!
Books by Frederick County Authors
#1 – Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler
A starry-eyed romantic, a cynical writer, and (the ashes of) an elderly woman take the road trip of a lifetime that just might upend everything they believe about true love.
#2 – Playing for Keeps by Tristen Crone
Workaholic Sebastian and free-spirited board gamer Farren are thrust together after they both try to purchase the last specialty croissant at their local café and decide to duke it out over a board game—the winner takes the pastry. As the competition heats up, the two will have to decide just how far they are willing to go to let love win.
#3 – Seams a Bit Queer by Avery Morstan
Seams A Bit Queer is about two millennial, small-town roommates falling in love during the pandemic.
#4 – The Tangibles by Natalie Blank
This award-winning, Young Adult (YA) read features a schizophrenic teen, Rachel, who falls for her neighbor, Arnold. He convinces Rachel to ditch her medication completely for marijuana. Eventually, Rachel’s untreated mind starts to unravel, bringing her face-to-face with the traumas of her past.
#5 – The Robot Galaxy Series by Adeena Mignogna
Ruby Palmer is kidnapped by alien robots and must use all her skills to navigate a universe of quirky mechanical chaos, balancing her desires to return home against unique cosmic adventures.
#6 – Flipped Fairy Tales (5 book series) by Starla Huchton
Think you know what happened once upon a time? Think again. Get ready to get hooked on these gender-flipped fairy tales.
#7 – My Unfurling: Emerging from the Grip of Anxiety, Self-Doubt, and Drinking by Lisa May Bennett
Wicked hangovers. Scary blackouts. Ugly fights with friends. The results of binge drinking weigh heavily on Lisa May Bennett. She tries repeatedly to savor “just a few” glasses of wine—only to find herself passed out on the couch again.
#8 – Sacrificial Lambs and Others by Sheri White
From quiet horror to bloody violence, these flash fiction pieces and short stories are chilling and emotionally visceral. These stories will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.
#9 – Holly Horror #1 by Michelle Jabès Corpora
After her parents’ painful divorce, Evie Archer hopes that moving to Ravenglass, Massachusetts, is the fresh start that her family needs. But Evie quickly realizes that her new home—known by locals as the Horror House—carries its own dark past after learning about Holly Hobbie, who mysteriously vanished in her bedroom one night.
#10 – Tell the Truth, Pangolin by Melinda Beatty
In this delightful, thoroughly entertaining picture book about the importance–and difficulty–of telling the truth, the queen’s trusty servant, a pangolin, breaks the royal swing and doesn’t know what to tell her!
#11 – A Pile of Stones: Tales from a Devotional Polytheist by Suzanne Thackston
Gain a new appreciation of deities you may never have connected with before, and fall in love all over again with the complex light and dark sides of your most beloved and familiar gods.
#12 – Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains by Rita Gerlach
In Thorns In Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, love and faith are the sustaining forces that cannot be overtaken by the vines of adversity.
#13 – Deadly Heritage: A Roland Wasape Paranormal Mystery by Ty Burson
Roland Wasape moved to a lousy Kansas town where his sister is going to nursing school. However, when she is beaten and left comatose, and he starts seeing ghosts, Roland is forced to confront his absent father to learn about his own family’s connection to the historical injustices.
With so many authors in Frederick County, you’re bound to find the right genre for you. Thanks to everyone who contributed! If you have any edits or additions to this list, please email Lindsey at frederickair dot info. Make sure your home’s HVAC system is ready for ultimate reading comfort. Call Frederick Air at 301-663-0300 for service, repair, or if you need a new system. We look forward to taking care of you!