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Drexel Libraries Staff Shares Summer Picks for Binge-Worthy Books and TV Shows

July 26, 2017

Looking for a binge-worthy book or TV show to dive into this summer? Check out some of our top picks for summer 2017, and visit the book display in W. W. Hagerty Library. Want to share your top summer books, movies and TV shows? Email us at

Drexel University Libraries' 2017 Summer Staff Picks:

Gary childs holds a copy of The Dune SeriesWho: Gary Childs, Liaison Librarian for Nursing & Health Professions

What: The Dune Series by Frank Herbert

Why: Very well-written and complex sci-fi series full of political and mystical intrigue set against an unforgiving and harsh landscape. A reader can easily make comparisons to the current state of affairs on our own planet. Here’s a note about “spice,” a substance that’s used as both a narcotic and a food additive and is also essential for rapid travel. “Without spice, the Empire falls apart… Planets will slowly lose clear memories of each other. They’ll turn inward and upon themselves… We’ll cling to our dunetops and be ignorant of what is above us and below us.”

Elise Ferer stands in front of the stacks in the W. W. Hagerty LibraryWho: Elise Ferer, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning

What: The Handmaid’s Tale (TV series), Hulu, Now streaming

Why: It’s an adaptation of one of my favorite books from high school. I reread it right before I started watching the series, and they are both equally scary and great at the same time. Be careful if you’re trying to watch it all at once.

Sarah Rich holds a copy of the book 'The Sympathizer' by Viet Thanh NguyenWho: Sarah Rich, Coordinator, Administrative Services

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Why: This novel (which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize) tells the story of a North Vietnamese spy in the South Vietnamese army, exiled to the US in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It’s witty and fast-paced and is giving me a fascinating window into a Vietnamese immigrant’s relationship with the US. 

Stacy Stanislaw holds a copy of the novel 'Ready Player One'Who: Stacy Stanislaw, Communications Manager

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Why: I’ve read book reviews calling this one “…ridiculously fun and large-hearted…” and I can’t think of a better description. I fell in love with Wade Watts from page 1 and was on the edge of my seat for the next 370 pages. Part dystopian sci-fi, part fantasy, with a little bit of romance and tons of 80s pop culture references, this is the perfect summer read. And you don’t have to be a video game geek or an 80s connoisseur to enjoy it.

Jesse Webster stands in front of the circulation desk in W. W. Hagerty LibraryWho: Jesse Webster, Specialist I, Library Assistance

American Gods (TV series), Starz, Sundays at 9 p.m.

Why: My latest obsession is the show American Gods on Starz. It follows the story of ex-con Shadow, who works in the employ of a man he just met. As they travel across this great land of ours, they discover just how stark the contrast is between the old and new. Based on a beloved book by Neil Gaiman and created for TV by the multitalented Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daises, Hannibal), this show has fused Gaiman’s captivating narrative with the weight of today’s geopolitical climate. Adding in Fuller’s flare for the hyper-visual, this show quickly captures your attention, mind, heart and hopefully a bit of your soul.

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