Summer Reading Game Book Reviews!

The reviews are pouring in as participants are racing to finish their reading challenges before the end of the Adult Summer Reading Game!

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I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Amazing!
I finished this book just before midnight and then lay awake until almost 1:00 a.m., mulling over the story and just plain being freaked out. I love a good ghost story, and Sigurdardøttir does a great job of building up the tension in two brilliantly crafted, and seemingly unrelated stories. It kept me guessing all the way to the scary finish, when all the interconnecting pieces snap together. Like other Scandinavian mysteries, the bleak isolated landscape of the remote Hesteyri island is almost like another character.
Read with the lights on.
~Staff review by Michelle S

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Amazing!
Like the Nightingale, Hannah’s characters are rich and realized. But The Great Alone brings her talent for character to a focal point. Leni’s experiences of emotional and physical survival are tested beyond belief when her family–a Vietnam vet plagued by PTSD and his overly devoted wife–moves to isolating Alaska in a deluded attempt to find a better life. Beautifully written with horrific moments, things must descend into chaos before finding the light.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Amazing!
Wow! I really enjoyed this book! Except for the night when I read it right before trying to sleep, the author revealed a big event and Boom! I spent the whole night horrified by what had happened! Reminiscent of Gone Girl.

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Amazing!
Through the voices of multiple characters you hear about the events leading to and after an afternoon BBQ. The actual events at the BBQ are not revealed until 2/3 of the way through the book. I couldn’t stop reading!

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly

I liked it.
The graphic novel format is prefect for this book. The author integrates anecdotes about her life in Iraq as a child and visits later as an adult living in France. Through the anecdotes and the description of events in Iraq that led to these impacts in her famly’s life, I got a more personal account of Iraq’s history.

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd

Amazing!
This book was excellent. A well-written mystery that was able to send chills down my spine. Kidd’s writing created exciting and well-developed characters, as well as unexpected twists and turns. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a thrill ride! Excellent, exciting novel!
~Staff review by Kirsten

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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death by James Runcie

I liked it.
I love mysteries and Sidney in Grantchester did not disappoint. Each of the six mysteries stand on their own, however the characters interconnect from beginning to end. The budding friendship, or perhaps romance between Sidney and Amanda had me curious through the entire 392 pages, waiting for a kiss.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Amazing!
WOW. I absolutely loved this book. Grann writes non-fiction in a narrative fashion, which is enhanced by photographs alongside the relevant passages. A fascinating look into both Native American mistreatment in the early 20th century as well as the government’s creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the serial murders of the Osage people. A WONDERFUL read. Highly recommend.
~Staff review by Kirsten

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly W. Brown

I liked it.
Admirable book from a young(ish) adult herself!
Easy read; however, the advise is “right on the money” in most cases. Helpful to any young adult, middle-aged or older adult in our chaotic era of sociocultural-technological times. Even better, if you’re stressed–moving. A great “how-to” with authentic anecdotes! Amusing, vernacular not for the faint-hearted.

Summer Reading Game Reviews are Rolling in!

srg transparentWe just finished two weeks of the Adult Summer Reading Game, and we loaded with book reviews!  Get some inspiration for your own reading challenge.  Go to our Summer Reading Game page for more information, or pop up to the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

 

9752754Fuse by Julianna Baggott

I liked it.
This is the second book in a trilogy. My daughter challenged me to read this series. If you liked The Hunger Games you will probably enjoy this series.

31933085Less by Andrew Sean Greer

It was alright.
I was enticed by this book because it recently won the Pulitzer Prize, however I personally did not fee that it was award-worthy. The story is well-written, but it doesn’t incite an emotional response in the reader, even though it seems to be desperately trying to do so.
It’s a quick read, would be good for those interested in quiet travel stories.
~Staff Review by Kirsten

51dvs6wngbl1The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Amazing!
Writing perfection. Genius narrator idea. Amazing unforgettable story. Doesn’t matter that I cried…the book was fascinating because of all the unique figurative writing and imagery by Death, the narrator. In my opinion….this is a must read for all ages.

37905720-_uy2550_ss2550_The Figgs by Ali Bryan

Amazing!
The storyline of wanting your adult children to move out of the house is one a lot of people can relate to . I loved how the family banded together to help each other. Also the two different storyline on adoption shared thoughts and feeling from different perspectives.

13258121A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

Not a fan.
His first book, Racing in the Rain, remains one of my very favorites but I simply could not get “involved” in this one. I admit, sadly, to deciding not to finish it, a true rarity for me.

9428981Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore

Amazing!
Excellent writer, feels like it’s a friend simply talking with you. Fascinating background info on his tumultuous life, regardless of your own personal political viewpoint.

511360gxp8l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Class Mothers by Katherine Stewart

Not a fan.
Although the premise held promise, it was ruined for me by the author’s attempt to be “precious”. It felt quite “over-written” in trying to be clever, and the ending was so falsely superficial as to be a major disappointment. I cannot believe I stuck it our to the conclusion.

9972053If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) by Betty White

It was alright.
Musings and recollections by Betty White. Short easy pieces; typical sugary approach to life.

35068635Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen

Not a fan.
I love reading true stories. The beginning of this book started out not bad, but as I kept reading, i couldn’t believe what I was reading. To me, this book was a sick and twisted book. Not a fan at all.
~Staff review by Pat.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to your Summer Reading Game 2018!

Summer Reading Games are not just for kids– the Library has an Adult and Teen Reading Game, too!

This year’s Adult Summer Reading Game lets you read like a grown-up! You can make your own reading challenge: finish that list of classics, read every book by Margaret Atwood, read only books with blue covers…

The choice is yours! You can also get ideas in the library by spinning our wheel or choosing a wild card. Every 2 books gets you an entry form for a weekly prize draw, and a grand prize at the end of the summer.

We’ll also post regular book reviews from both players and staff.

Teens, ages 11-17, can play Galaxy Escape, doing different challenges across the galaxy and reading their way to prizes!

Time to get reading!

Summer Reading Game Reviews

We’re in the final stretches of the Adult Summer Reading Game, but there is plenty of time to get a few more books in!

1137151Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

I really enjoyed this book! It is written in a similar style to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book and the details of life in rural P.E.I. in the early 1900s really made me feel like I was right there. I recommend this book to all lovers of Anne of Green Gables. it will leave you with a wonderful “feel good” feeling.
Loved it!

massey_murder-size-custom-crop-438x650The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and The Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Gray

I chose this book as a fan of true crime, but I was pleasantly surprised by the engaging look at our country at the turn of the 20th century. Gray uses the trial of Carrie Davis as a frame for a growing Toronto/Canada, a country at war, and the changing role of women. I missed Charlotte Gray when she was at our library, but I will be sure to see this author if she comes back!
It was good. ~Staff review by Michelle

1291577Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray

For those who love early Canadian history, Sisters in the wilderness is an illustrated double biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, two of Canada’s earliest pioneers. Set in the “backwoods” of Upper Canada in the 19th century, it is a great novel of those early days: the hardships, the struggles, the isolation, loneliness and fear. It is also a story of achievement — two sisters and the birth of Canada’s literary tradition. A great read!
Loved it!  ~Staff review by Iris.

 

Summer Reading Game Reviews

The reviews keep coming in!

12067Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

This book is in my top 10 books that I’ve read. The story was really good and kept me interested right ’til the end. The humour in the story was really great and I laughed out loud many times. I listened to this book on Hoopla and felt the narrator did an excellent job — using different voices, etc. It added to my enjoyment.
Loved it!

51edq-ruewl-_sx323_bo1204203200_The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Beginning in the 1930s, this novel is the story of a family as told to us by Iris Chase, an elderly woman whose life spans the twentieth century.  Iris begins her story with the suicide of her sister, Laura, and the hidden notebooks tied together with kitchen string.  Supposedly written by Laura and entitled “The Blind Assassin”, excerpts become a format for a ‘novel within a novel’ in which a love affair between an unnamed Marxist and a very rich young lady reveals the story of an assassin who falls in love with his victim.

This is a family epic in which the different genres of science fiction, mystery, romance, newspaper reportage and tragedy are bound together in an intriguing narrative that urges us to read on to an unforeseen conclusion.

The Blind Assassin was published in 2000 and in that same year won the Booker Prize.

~Staff review by Iris, Summer Reading Game programmer