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.

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Game Book Reviews

To get an entry for for the weekly and grand prize draws, players must read two books or one book and do one challenge. Here are some of the book reviews players have written so far:

7824322Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Amazing!
Wonderful historical fiction of Stalin’s invasion of Latvia and a family’s deportation to Siberia. Fluent writing, factual, and emotionally riveting.

 

img_0973Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Amazing!
Best book I’ve read as an adult!
I recommended this to my husband and mom who equally enjoyed it.

 

9581507Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon

It was alright.
Quirky, well-written, not like anything I’ve read before!

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

Book Reviews to Inspire You for the Last Week of the Reading Game!

The last day to spin the Summer Reading Game wheel is Sunday August 16, and the last day to get your entries in is Tuesday August 18! Get those entries in for the Grand Prize of a Kobo Aura eReader.

To help with your final reading choices, here are a couple patron book reviews:

RuRu by Kim Thúy

“An autobiographical story of a Vietnamese Canadian, told in ultra-short scenes (vignettes), using poetic language. I can’t decide if I like this book or not. Maybe I read this book too fast, as the language sometimes felt choppy and the scenes too scattered. I may need to give it another try.”  ~Patron review, August 2015

Category: Fiction in Translation

**Kim Thúy will be coming to St. Albert Library on October 28 as part of STARFest 2015**

6257535New York by Edward Rutherfurd

“As the characters develop I found it interesting to grow with them and learn how history impacted them. I appreciated how the author introduced different characters, different cultures and tied them to a significant historical event. I did find it tough to remember all the linkages and felt it sometimes digresses. Overall enjoyed it.” ~Patron review, August 2015

Category: Historical Fiction

A Bevvy of Book Reviews

More reviews from the readers in our Adult Summer REading Game: The Library, and Back Again!  There is still time to spin and read.  The game ends August 18.

longrunThe Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback From Crash Victim to Elite Athlete by Matt Long with Charles Butler

“Firefighters can ba a sarcastic, full-of-themselves bunch. I should know since I’m one of them. Most of this book is written this way. Matt Long calls himself a regular guy, a “dirty firefighter”. His words, however, describe something else. His vanity and ego are wide open for everyone to see as he describbes himself: ladies’-man, amazing firefighter, best friend, world-class runner and athlete.  I felt it took him going through his ordeal to learn humilty and class. The time jumps and flashbacks are occasionally confusing. A fairly easy read overall. His triumph in the end, plus learning about teh support he had from everybody, is heartwarming and salvages the rest of the book.”  ~Patron review, July 2015

Category: Bios & Memoirs

A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure

“The only word to describe this novel about the first woman to row alone across an ocean is “RAW”–this novel is full of raw courage–in not only confronting adverse weather conditions (hurricanes) but also her own personal hurricanes: her senses of helplessness, self-worth and failure.” ~Patron review by Kari M., July 2015  Category: Travel & Adventure

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

“Funny, funny, funny! Poehler writes as she speaks, with a mix of wry humour and quick wit. I laughed and I cried throughout.”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Humour

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“A beautiful and haunting love story about the sacrifices we make for those we love and the inevitability of the passage of time. A powerful lesson to live in and appreciate the moments we share with others. This book was captivating form start to finish.”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Award Winners

Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

“This book started well and then became very strange. I was disappointed with it. The author’s concept was interesting if you like aliens but it wasn’t my cup of tea.”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Science Fiction

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“I really enjoyed this book–I was hooked a few pages in. This thriller goes deeply into character development, making you think of people in a different way.  Very good read!”  ~Patron review, July 2015  Category: Thriller

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

mantel

“A collection of excellent short stories, by an author who I just discovered (she won the Booker Prize–twice!). The story “Long QT” is one of the best short stories I’ve ever read: precise, surprising, perfectly written.”  ~Patron review, August 2015  Category: Short Stories