By the pool, beach or in bed, a range of book genres are popular reads for Craig women this summer.

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By the pool, beach or in bed, a range of book genres are popular reads for Craig women this summer.

Paranormal romance novels popular literary fare this season

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Craig Book Club

The club is open to anyone. There is a meeting at 9 a.m. today, at Saint Mark's Church, 657 Green St., to set up a list of upcoming books the club will read. Regular sessions resume in September and take place at 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call Audrey at 824-3590.

Books some women are reading now

• "Twilight" series, by Stephenie Meyer

• "Dead" series, by Charlaine Harris

• "Blood Trail," by C.J. Box

• "The Mantle Ranch," by Queeda Mantle Walker

• "Night World" by L.J. Smith

Whether reading by the pool, at the beach or every night in bed, Craig women continue to find interesting reads this summer.

"We have a literate population," said Carol Jacobson, owner of Downtown Books. "A lot of these women are educated and bright and just want something better."

Some of the popular readings for women this summer are among trendy national best-sellers, but others are longtime local favorites.

The first books that come to mind for Jacobson include vampire romance novels such as the "Twilight" series, by Stephenie Meyer, which is now on the big screen, and the "Dead" series, by Charlaine Harris.

"Part of it is, they're sexy and romantic, but not in a cheesy way," Jacobson said. "It's called 'paranormal romance'."

Other books women are picking up this summer are some that have held Craig readers' attention for years.

"More and more women are starting to pick up some of these women in the West - these regional books," Jacobson said.

Two such books are by Queeda Mantle Walker, who grew up in the Yampa Valley in what is now Dinosaur National Monument. She now lives in Boulder.

Bonnie Thompson, a member of the Craig Book Club, said she always has seen some interest in these books. One of the first books that members read when the club started in 1979 was "Where the Old West Stayed Young," by John Rolfe Burroughs.

Some readers like them because they may have family who settled in the West years ago and can relate to the stories, Thompson said.

The Craig Book Club is one of three book clubs in town, and although they aren't exclusive to women readers, most of the members are women.

Still, not all female readers in Craig join book clubs.

"I personally don't join because book clubs usually try to push the limits, exploring genres that people wouldn't normally gravitate to," Jacobson said.

For Thompson, that's the reason why she enjoys participating in a book club.

"We read a variety of things," she said. "Sometimes I'm not so sure about what someone suggested, but I read it anyway, and I'm usually glad."

She also admits there is a social aspect to being in a book club.

Some of the women who participate don't have a chance to read the books, either because they are too busy or have deteriorating eyesight, but they still participate.

"They always have so much to add," Thompson said. "It's just a nice way to share."

Although Thompson herself has not been a fan of vampire romance books, "The Host," another novel by the same author of the "Twilight" series, is part of the list the club is considering for next year.

"They say she's a good writer," Thomson said.

Regardless of what they pick up next, neither Thompson nor Jacobson see an end to their reading habits, whatever the season may be.

Yesenia Robles can be reached at 875-1790.

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