A good read in the great outdoors

Curated by: Kayla Thompson, Adult Services, Cape Girardeau Public Library

July is National Picnic Month! So, in celebration, here are a few titles that can be found at the Cape Girardeau Public Library that give off Picnic vibes. So grab a book, a bottle of sparkling grape juice, and your favorite finger foods and take some time to read outdoors. Could be the breath of fresh air that you have been looking for!

The Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales by H.C. Anderson: Whether you prefer Anderson or the Brothers Grimm, fairy tales are the perfect picnic book pick! Their whimsical tendencies and patterns tend to mesh well with the outdoor natural landscape. Plus, each story is short so you can choose to only read one or the whole text cover to cover. No stress!

 Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh: Keeping along the lines of fairy tales and the fae, Tesh’s SITW is a beautifully written novella about a curious English gentleman who stumbles into the forest looking for its immortal keeper. Henry might find more than he bargained for, but both he and Tobias might find something else in each other that neither ever suspected.

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart: Want some fun but semi-morbid tidbits to share at the family picnic for the shock value? Or are you just more of a dark academic soul looking for something weird and interesting? Wicked Plants is the perfect book to learn some fun and alluring facts about the natural world around you.

 Murder Cuts the Mustard by Jessica Ellicott: Ellicott’s cozy mystery is number three in a series about the duo of Halliwell and Davenport. Murder is afoot in their charming English village (but isn’t it always with these sorts of books?), and it’s their job to figure out the culprit. Especially since the number one suspect of the most recent murder has taken up residence in Edwina Davenport’s potting shed.