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.

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

This book was great on at least two accounts. The writing was very good! The voice has a way of being very identifiable and digestible. The book also has a suspenseful atmosphere that pulls you along at an exciting clip wanting to read more and more. 4/5 stars.

–Trine Giaever, adult Summer Reading participant

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a very witty novel about a human who survives the destruction of the Earth to make way for an intergalactic highway. Not realizing that aliens exist before he is saved, Arthur Dent is taken throughout the universe by his best friend (and alien) Ford Prefect and the help of a good towel. The dry humor of Adams along with the interesting descriptions of alien technology makes this book an entertaining read. 5/5 stars.

–From an anonymous Summer Reading participant.

Red Notice by Bill Browder

This is a true story describing unbelievable levels of corruption in post-Soviet government and justice systems. Although the story is compelling, Browder himself comes across as unsympathetic and narcissistic, detracting from what is otherwise an excellent book. Worth reading. 4/5 stars.

–From an anonymous Summer Reading participant.