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.

The Guardian recommends summer reading

The Guardian Bookshop home page

Britain’s Guardian is a reliable source of book reviews and recommendations. I usually discover a title or author not yet popular in the United States. They recently published: ‘Summer Reading: the 50 Hottest New Books Everyone Should Read.’ Divided into categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Paperbacks, Children and Teens, the list delivers both well-known and more obscure authors you will want to know about (the list contains new works by Rachel Cusk, Michael Rosen, and Patricia Lockwood). Most are readily available in the library. Well worth taking a peek.

Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty

What happens when an overeager mom is determined to get her daughter accepted at Princeton? Well, when Peyton Marcus “donates” to an educational charity supported by a friend of a board member, and it becomes news, she temporarily loses her job as a major news anchor. The same network that broke the story — eek! Except it’s her husband who gets arrested, since she wrote the check on his business account. Can Peyton ever make this right? Meanwhile, her sister Skye loses funding for a home for wayward girls as a direct result of the scandal. Money that she has already spent furnishing said home. And Max, the daughter in the middle of it all, really wants to attend a good film school. Can the families ever recover from this? Lauren Weisberger writes a fast moving novel and a good beach/ pool read. If you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you’ll love her newest…

Adult Summer Reading Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

The 2019 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge has come to an end, and the last of the book reviews are in. Here’s what one participant thought about the classic (and #51 of the top 100 books from PBS’ The Great American ReadTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston:


Star Rating: 5 Stars (Loved it!)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a book that everyone should read at least once. It follows the life of a biracial woman, Janie, in early 1900’s Florida as she searches for independence. The prose is wonderfully lyrical and the novel tackles topics of abuse, discrimination, and marriage with nuance and insight. It left me feeling both melancholic and hopeful, and I can easily see why this novel is considered a classic. 

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