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Our State’s Summer Reading List

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Our State's Summer Reading List presented by Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Already planning your summer reading? During the summer, we’ll share book suggestions and reviews from several of North Carolina’s independent bookstores.

Beginning May 23, we’ll email out new reading lists every two weeks through August, and we’ll have space on our website where you can share a review of what you are reading. Simply follow the directions below and sign up to receive our Summer Reading Lists!

About the Sponsor

Great Smoky Mountains RailroadOur State‘s summer reading list is proudly presented by Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving! Hop on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and adventure through a remote corner of western North Carolina into river gorges, across fertile valleys and through carved tunnels. In the spring the mountains bloom with extravagant color and wildlife lasting throughout the summer. As the season fades into fall a dramatic display of fiery sugar maples, buttery poplars and crimson oak begin taking center stage. As the mountains burst with color the cool crisp winter air ushers in the quiet and calm season of restoration, all in preparation of the cycle of beauty to begin again! The Smokies are a great place to be, and the best way to see it is by train!

Choose from a variety of excursions; including a Raft & Rail or Zip & Rail combinations, BBQ & BREWS Dinner Train, or one of our Premier Special Events like the DINOSAUR TRAIN™ coming this July! Travel in comfort and style with our First Class service on a vintage restored dinning car! First Class passengers receive a delicious lunch served by the car’s private attendant, a souvenir tumbler with unlimited fountain sodas and a GSMR embroidered gift tote bag. Ride in the Open Air Gondolas and take it all in as you breathe the fresh mountain air!

It’s time to ride the rails, and we are saving you a seat! All Aboard!

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
226 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
(800) 872-4681

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Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, food, and beautiful scenic photography.
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12 Responses to Our State’s Summer Reading List

  1. Barbara Knowles says:

    Please add me to the summer reading list.

  2. Nichole Bunce says:

    Please add me to the Summer Reading list.

  3. Marsha Booker-Hibbs says:

    I live to read, please add me to the Summer Book list

  4. Jane L Moody says:

    Would like to receive the reading list

  5. Judy Duarte says:

    Last summer I read The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew from your reading list. While the subject matter wasn’t what I would call happy, it was important & very well written. I probably wouldn’t have read it unless it was on your list. Looking forward to this year’s list! Thanks.

  6. Heather Wilson says:

    Yay! I am so excited this feature is coming back this summer. I read so many great books last summer that I probably would have never picked up if it were not for these suggestions. I, for one, would love to see this become a year-round program!

  7. Bunny Bulluck says:

    Please add my name to the list also!

  8. says:

    Please add my name to the list

    Our State’s Summer Reading List

    Thank you

  9. W. Palmer says:

    I don’t want to post a comment. Just want to be added to the list :)

  10. Dallas Satterwhite says:

    Am interested in summer reading suggestions

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