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

Summer Reading Game Book Reviews

The Great Canadian Reading Game is on, and players can spin to find great reads from Jun 28-Aug 22, 2017!

Here’s what you thought of your reads:

819tq-q0n2blSWAMP ANGEL by Ethel Wilson

Maggie LLoyd has made an unfortunate second marriage after her husband is killed in WWII. In what may be the best planned departure from a marriage in a work of literature, Maggie leaves her husband and embarks upon a new life in the interior of B.C., working at a fishing lodge. This idyllic setting is perfect for Maggie, though it becomes complicated by the jealousy of the lodge owner’s wife.
Loved It! ~Staff review by Sheila

32080126Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

A collection of linked stories that reads like a novel (much like her Pulitzer-prize-winning Olive Kitteridge). A masterful writer at the height of her powers — this book did not disappoint. Strout is marvelous at portraying small-town characters and growing up poor. Even better if you first read My Name is Lucy Barton.
Loved It! ~Staff review by Luise

The Back of the TurtleTHE BACK OF THE TURTLE by Thomas King

I loved The Back of the Turtle. It tackled the serious issues of environmental abuses and the treatment of indigenous people in Canada in a darkly humourous fashion. Throughout the novel, King interweaves elements of Christianity and Native myth to create a unique storytelling experience. The protagonist Gabriel returns to his mother’s home which was destroyed by an environmental disaster inadvertently caused by Gabriel. The novel follows Gabriel as he reconciles his feelings and the few people he interacts with while discovering the nearby abandoned town. I highly recommend this novel as it explores both the darker elements within Canada, and also leaves the reader with a sense of hope for the future.
Loved it!

one-brother-shy-cover-lower-resONE BROTHER SHY by Terry Fallis

One Brother Shy is the latest of Terry Fallis’s humourous works. Alex MacAskill is a shy software engineer who discovers life-changing news after his mother dies. This news leads him across the globe to discover more about his family and himself. I loved this novel; it was a great summer read with a powerful protagonist. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a fun, light read with a heartwarming story.
Loved it!

Canada Mike MyersCANADA by Mike Myers

I smiled when I saw a Cherry Blossom and Hickory Sticks the other day. This book brought back memories of my childhood since I’m just a year younger that Mike Myers. But there was definitely a difference between growing up in Alberta as opposed to Ontario in the 60s & 70s. I learned some Canadian history that either I’d never learned or had forgotten about. Overall, he does give readers the sense of what it means to be Canadian and what make us different from our neighbors to the south.
It was OK. ~Staff review by Kemmie