Your Book Reviews for the Summer Reading Game!

spy guyAs part of the rules of the Adult Summer Reading Game, players can write a book review in place of reading a second book.  Here’s what some of you thought about your “missions”:

 

31ff8j0mg9lIn the Cellar by Jan Philipp Reemtsma

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

This book is a first-person account of the experience of being kidnapped, taken hostage and held for ransom. A unique introspective look at the psychological, physical and spiritual changes a person encounters when they are stripped of their sense of control, environment and sense of self. This book was a good and interesting read. I couldn’t put it down.

518n-7mzokl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson

This book follows Robopocalypse, which I recommend reading first. This book is an engaging story with likeable characters. The conflict is intense but not so much that I did not want to continue reading to find out what happens next.

1Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast

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

This graphic novel is a non-fiction account of the author’s experiences as she watches her parents age. Roz Chast is an award winning cartoonist for the New York Times and she chronicles the humour and heartbreak of aging parents. It is an honest account full of the rage, sadness, hope and love that people feel as they lose loved ones. A tough topic told with humour.

22812846Republic of Dirt by Susan Juby

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

This award-winning humourous book was fun to read. Prudence decides to leave New York and buy a farm so she can be part of the wonderful life of a hobby farmer. She wants to be part of the Farmer’s Market and sell her produce every Saturday. The cast of “characters” who live with her at the farm makes this book a lot of fun to read!

15786110Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

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

I picked this book as my graphic novel & couldn’t put it down. The humor & family memories make it very relatable and the recipes all sound delicious! I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes spending time in the kitchen.

I relished Relish!

 

 

 

Summer Reading Game Staff Book Reviews

logoThe library staff are on The Library’s Secret Service for the Summer Reading Game, and here is what they have been reading so far:

 

Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler28961937

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

A modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. A Funny, touching, feel-good read with quirky, likeable characters.

Very enjoyable, highly recommended!     ~Luise (Adult Services)

Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories by Katherine Heiny

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

22237215I enjoyed the writer’s style of short stories, as the endings were all kind of left to your imagination/interpretation. My favourite part about this book was that there were 2 specific characters that she followed throughout the book, and had 3 separate short stories of them at different stages in their life together. It was interesting to see where they would pick back up. My next favourite short story was “That Dance You Do”. I laughed a lot and could relate on so many levels, having young kids of my own.

th_0312989512Buried Stuff by Sharon Sloan Fiffer

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

This book is about Jane, who is a picker/packrat, as well as a detective. she heads back to her hometown when bones are found on a family farm. When the police arrest Jane’s old friend for murder, she knows she needs to find out who really did it. I liked this book because it was pretty lighthearted and I liked how the author tied together Jane’s picking skills with her detective skills. Happy Reading!