Skinny House: A Memoir of Family by Julie L. Seely

Despite having limited details and most of the book’s featured people being dead, Julie Seely paints a vivid picture of her family’s experience during the Depression. Now instead of seeing an architectural anomaly, I see a man who tried his hardest to hold his family together. 3/5 stars.

–An anonymous summer reading participant

Book of Night by Holly Black

This was an interesting book but it took awhile to get into and actually understand what was going on as the beginning was very confusing. Overall it was entertaining for what it was, though I didn’t realize going into it that there would be a sequel. So waiting until the 2nd book would probably be best before starting this one. 3/5 stars.

–An anonymous summer reading participant

The Magician’s Assistant

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It was quite literally about the magician’s assistant and I couldn’t quite understand the point of the story. I had assumed (incorrectly) that it would have more magic and excitement. Instead I found it rather boring and the protagonist a bit unlikable which made it a difficult read. Had I not gone into it with a certain expectation it could pass for a decent story, albeit one that I still don’t understand the point of. 2/5 stars.

–An anonymous Winter Reading participant

The Christie Affair

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont looks into the disappearance of Agatha Christie from the perspective of her husband’s lover, Nan O’Dea. The book combines present day as well as flashbacks to Nan’s early life. Throughout the novel, you learn how Nan’s past shaped her decisions and actions. The book was a page turner with an interesting culmination of events. Definitely recommend. 4/5 stars.

–An anonymous Winter Reading participant.