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

Last Batch of Summer Reading Game Reviews, Part 1!

As the Adult Summer Reading Game winds down, readers have been reviewing their picks, and we have them all here!

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Loved this story. Part fairy tale surrealism, part 1920s homestead history, the story follows an aging couple to Alaska as they escape a childless past and break ground, literally, in a harsh Alaskan landscape. There they find the unexpected–and themselves. Beautifully told.

Random Passage by Bernice Morgan

I got this book through inter-library loan–but I honestly don’t remember ordering it! I’m glad I did, though. This was a very interesting book about early settlers in Newfoundland. They lived such a hard life. The characters really made the book for me though. I was sorry when this book ended. Hurrah, there is a sequel! And I’ve got it on order.

Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

Really loved the light-hearted, carefree form of this novel. Be sure to read the accompanying notes. Really illuminating.  ~Lori W.

End of Watch by Stephen King

This is the third book in a series dealing with an evil perpetrator, Brady Hartfield, who was featured in Mr. Mercedes and then Finders Keepers. Brady’s obsession with suicide leads him to killing several people during the Mercedes Massacre. End of Watch is an interesting twist to Brady’s five year stay in a clinic, in a vegetative state, and how Brady is able to overcome and turn around to finally attempt to complete another mission.

One Day by David Nicholls

This was an easy read. I enjoyed the character development. I kept reading because I really wanted to see how the outcome of their relationship would be. Funny how little decisions in life can really alter everything.

Luise’s Summer Reading Reviews

Our Fiction Librarian, Luise, has been reading up a storm for the Summer Reading Game! Here are her reviews.

y648And After the Fire: a Novel by Lauren Belfer

Weaves an engaging story around a fictional long-lost Bach cantata with anti-Semitic lyrics. Incorporates facts about many interesting historical figures (Bach, Mendelsohn, Luther, etc.). Shows the progression of anti-semitism over the centuries. Touches on many interesting subjects, from musicology to philanthropy and includes a love story – lots to like!   (Historical Fiction)

 

man-s-search-for-meaningMan’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir about his years in Nazi death camps and the lessons he learned for spiritual survival. His theory (logotherapy) is that it is not the pursuit of pleasure and happiness that gives us meaning, but the ability to find meaning and purpose in unavoidable suffering. Amazing insights by an exceptional individual who lived through unspeakable trials; a timeless classic.   (Memoir)

 

adams_invinciblesummer_1_12Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

“Four close friends who graduate college together in 1998 venture off to pursue their fortunes in the new millennium, but find themselves drawn back together twenty years later amidst broken dreams, lost jobs, and shattered relationships.” (publisher summary)
A great summer read, well written, entertaining without being shallow.   (Romance/Love story)

 

thetroublewithgoatsandsheepThe Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

I expected an amusing, light summer read, but this debut novel is simply brilliant on so many levels! Yes, it was charming and quirky with plenty of eccentric characters (including the wittiest and smartest and most lovable two 10-year-old girl “sleuths” I’ve ever encountered), but it was also dark and tragic and full of depth and nuances and complex characterizations evoking the reader’s empathy for both victims and perpetrators. On the surface this is a very British book with countless cultural and food references (vast amounts of very unappetizing sounding sweets are being consumed throughout this book), but the message is universal and timeless (and very timely in the age of Trump). Best of all, the writing is exquisite! Don’t miss this one!

Plot-loving mystery fans beware, though – this is a different kind of “mystery”.   (Mystery)

Summer Reading Game Reviews

511rj0vclml-_sx331_bo1204203200_Cleo by Helen Brown

  • I enjoyed this book.
  • I would recommend this book to a friend.

An excellent book about loss, a cat and moving on. I do not like cats but Cleo grew on me. This family had so many struggles to overcome but they also had many positive events: new jobs, a second marriage, more kids, and a long life for Cleo.

i-am-pilgrim-9781439177747_hrI am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

  • I enjoyed this book.
  • I would recommend this book to a friend.

This was an awesome spy thriller! The author weaves together the stories of different characters around the world and makes you think about what it would by like to be a spy. This isn’t the kind of book I am normally drawn to but I loved it!

6738493The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

  • I enjoyed this book.
  • I would recommend this book to a friend.

Intrigue and hardship with small rewards along the way. Gave me an insight into the lives and life in Vietnam during the 1980s. So much life in people who had so little and made the best of their struggles–remaining positive against all odds. A great life lesson for all of us.

Camilla Gibb is coming to the Library this October as part of STARFest Readers Festival 2016!

 

Summer Reading Game Approaches!

logoGet ready for excitement and espionage at the Library with On the Library’s Secret Service: Adult Summer Reading Game! The stakes are high, the danger exhilarating! Do you have what it takes to be a world class spy. The mission is simple; read 2 books from different mission cards, and get an entry for a weekly prize. All entries go back in for the Grand Prize draw at the end of the game for a Kobo Glo HD eReader!

Drop in during Library open hours, pick up your mission card, and have a spy-filled summer!