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Adult Summer Reading Book Reviews Are In!

August 14, 2018

The 2018 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge is complete and the book reviews are in! See what participants thought about The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, and Circe by Madeline Miller below. Sound like something you’d like to read? Click on the book cover to reserve your copy!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (5 stars – LOVED IT!)

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A book about love between two people that was so strong it never ended no matter where life took them. I couldn’t put this book down and completely connected with the characters and emotions. If you believe in fate you will love this story. It will pull at your heart strings! – Jennifer C.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (5 stars – LOVED IT!)

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A series of essays written by the late Nora Ephron. The author shares her true and hilarious feelings on such subjects as growing older and the burden of femininity such as carrying purses and maintaining one’s looks. I found it “laugh out loud” funny. It is the perfect read for a relaxing day and every reader will relate and recommend to a friend. – Candy P.

Circe by Madeline Miller (4.5 stars – REALLY LIKED/LOVED IT!)

51eaZ1mO9ML._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_I absolutely loved this book. Miller takes the well-known stories from Greek mythology and puts a new spin to them. The novel has many characteristics of Greek mythology – magic, bloodshed, betrayal, family drama – but also includes a re-telling of the often overlooked and villianized Circe. Miller’s Circe is complex and powerful. While the goddess is certainly not portrayed as perfect, Circe is characterized as kind, empathetic and most of all, reflective. She experiences adventures on the level of epics, but she also deals with very human experiences like motherhood. It is in these perhaps smaller, but moving, moments that I fell in love with her story and her life. This book was my favorite novel I’ve read this year and I would definitely recommend it to others. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Until next summer, Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Summer Reading for All Ages!

June 28, 2018

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Good books, great programs, awesome prizes. Summer reading for all ages is underway here at the library, including the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge. Stop by to sign up, get your Bingo Card, and spin the prize wheel! Complete the optional book review form and you can have your review published here on the blog. For more info, click here.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Horse Dancer by Jo Jo Moyes

August 21, 2017

51gzQQN9t8L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_(3 stars – liked it) As a Jo Jo Moyes fan I was unfortunately a bit disappointed with this novel. It was too predictable. You knew almost from the start as to how it would end. However, it was still worth reading. Ms. Moyes knows how to engage the reader and does her research well. I did not know anything about the “dancing” French horses and how they and their riders were trained to perform. I would rate the book as a good summer read but definitely not the author’s best. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

August 16, 2017

(4/5 stars – really liked it) Invisible has four parts. It begins being told in first person with “Spring.” This is where we get to know the main character, Adam, from his own account, in a very personal way. He’s at Columbia University (very knowable area for many of just-outside-of New-York-New-Yorkers) and experiencing life from a young student’s point of view-world is at his fingertips and he is just coming alive to his future possibilities. Something awful happens during this time with a loInvisibleNovelve triangle and a Columbia Professor that he is caught in a terrible situation that he had no control over, and didn’t see coming. This event will affect the rest of his life.

Then comes the next part, “Summer.” Here the story is told in second person, by Adam’s successful writer friend Jim, who has received writings from Adam. Here you learn about the love between Adam and his sister. This is an interesting part and almost feels like an entirely different book has begun.

And then in “Fall” the story is told in third person, after Adam’s death, put together with various bits and pieces of others accounts of Adam’s life, from their views and interviews. The constant thread of Adam’s life pulls you into forward through the book trying to find out what the TRUTH is of what really happened, and who Adam really is/was. I was a little disappointed that the ending left me still wanting answers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of storytellers in all their glorious perspectives. I feel “Invisible” refers maybe to the writer not being a constant, not a tangible, solid, character but rather a conglomerate of what others know of him and what they did to him hence making his story more of a vaporous cloud that forms and reshapes depending on who is doing the speaking. Is one a person in his own right or is one how others perceive him? – Trine G., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

August 14, 2017

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(5/5 stars – loved it!) One of the strangest books I have read and I loved it. It is the story of 15 dogs who gain human intelligence while still, very much, keeping their canine nature. I found this book shocking, often very sad, occasionally funny, but throughout compelling. It is not just about dogs – Catherine A., Adult Summer Reading Participant


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