Saturday, September 9, 2017

Congratulations to...


...the Grand Prize Winners of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Club:
  • Headquarters Library: Ann Mc
  • North County Branch Library: ExLibris
  • South County Branch Library: Cindy
  • Member Libraries & Bookmobile: Dorman
Thank you to the Friends of the Library for generously supporting the club, and thank you to all of you club members for your enthusiastic participation!  See you next summer!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Midnight at the Bright IDEAS bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan
Stars: 5
Review by: Judy E

A first novel for Matt Sullivan...a real hit for me. I read this book in 2 days over Labor Day...the vibrant characters, descriptions of the bookstore and its Bookfrogs, and the happenings really caught my attention. Lydia and the Hammerman will draw you into this mystery big time.

The Prince of Tides

Author: Pat Conroy
Stars: 4
Review by: BeachBarb

So, I haven't quite finished this book, but it was a goal of mine to read it this summer after visiting Beaufort in the spring and buying the only Pat Conroy book in the book store, A Lowcountry Heart, Reflections on a Writing Life. I enjoyed reading that, and it whet my appetite to re-read some of his more well known books. Even though I am only 42% finished with this book, I am determined to finish before I declare summer over. I am enjoying it better than I did when I read it years ago. We have also watched the movie early this summer.

The Burry Man's Day

Author: Catriona McPherson
Stars: 2
Review by: Lizzytish 

Set in the 1920's in a small town in Scotland. The Burryman is a tradition that's carried out every year. I don't know why, but it was not a smooth read. The writing seemed choppy and the plot was confusing at time. I could not relate with any of the characters or feel for them. Just an odd read for me. Near the end it became more enjoyable.

Clutter Free

Author: Kathi Lipp
Stars: 3
Review by: LZ99

Common sense, but good reminders. Have read it before, but a refresher wasn't a bad idea!

The Husband's Secret

Author: Liane Moriarty
Stars: 5
Review by: Miss Lucy

Liane Moriarty's books are amazing. She surprises me every time.

I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers

Author: Guinevere De La Mare
Stars: 3
Review by: Miss Lucy

Good essays, cool art, and kindred spirits.

Cocoa Beach

Author: Beatriz Williams
Stars: 2
Review by: Just Ada

Very confusing plot and a really strange ending.

Between the World and Me

Author: Te-Nahisi Coates
Stars: 5
Review by: Brooke S

 Wow - did not expect this short (~150 pages) book to grip me so hard and fast. Written from the perspective of a one-sided conversation with his son, Mr. Coates discussed and explores life as a black man in America. Poignant and gut-wrenching realities, but written with such moving and clear language and history, Toni Morrison is correct, this should be 'required reading.'

The Best of Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl
Stars: 5
Review by: Brooke S

Collection of (adult) short stories [some of which were mentioned in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of AJ Fikry]. I had not read his short before and they were dark and funny.

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Stars: 5
Review by: Brooke S

Read in under 24 hours - a quick, delightful read. We are reading for our book club, and this prompted me to read up on some of the many literature references in the book - another welcome digression.

Danny the Champion of the World

Author: Roald Dahl
Stars: 5
Review by: Brooke S

I re-read this book with my 9 year old (read one book together each summer) - and this is my favorite Dahl book. The close and dear relationship between father and son is heart warming, and the adventures of the big secret methods of poaching tickled my daughter. Fun read!

A Dragons Heart

Author: Terry Bolryder
Stars: 3
Review by: Saraswati

This is a story with vague references to other stories of Bolryder. This is about a couple of dragons looking to find their mates and refuse to look at what's right in front of them.

Heatsridge Shifters Series

Author: Olivia Arran
Stars: 3
Review by: Saraswati

This series is about a town of registered shifters and focuses on the bears that patrol South 1 side of town and a group of purists that want to destroy them. The bears are Nate, Jake, Brent, Cade and Austin. There is a lot going on in this series and has a few spin off series to read.

Hierax

Author: Ruby Lionsdrake
Stars: 3
Review by: Saraswati

This a continuation of the previous stories and picks up where our main characters are stranded in another universe when the gate they travel through does not allow them to go back. The series makes jokes about the links with the Star Gate TV/Movie series.

Farewell Dorothy Parker

Author: Ellen Meister
Stars: 3
Review by: argee17

"To hear her relatives tell it, you would think she was the love child of Oscar Wilde and Fran Lebowitz..." Since I'm a fan of both, this was a fun read.

Ghosts

Author: Raina Telgemeier
Stars: 4
Review by: Miss Lucy

What would the Summer Reading Club be without a graphic novel?!! Ghosts is a beautifully illustrated book about Dia de Los Muertos. It explains this annual Mexican tradition in a tender, non-threatening way, via a loving story about sisters, friends, and family... and dearly departed ancestors, of course!

Jack: Straight from the Gut

Author: Jack Welch
Stars: 3
Review by: Summer Breeze

He could have dug a lot deeper, instead it was filled with a lot of corporate clich├ęs. Although he is venerated in the business community, his company has not recovered in the 16 years since he left, so it was difficult to believe anything I read.

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy

Author: Nagisa Tatsumi
Stars: 3
Review by: 
Miss Lucy
When this book was first published in 2000 in Japan, it became an instant bestseller, and it inspired Marie Kondo, who would go on to write her own bestseller on life-changing magic.

I had hoped for more, though. Although Ms. Tatsumi did have some words of advice that will help me de-clutter, they were too few and far between. One of the best for me was: "The difference between disposing as trash and disposing for reuse is little more than emotion."

Pride and Prejudice (audio)

Author: Jane Austen
Stars: 5
Review by: BookDancer

It was so delightful to listen to this great classic!

The Family Gene

Author: Joselin Linder
Stars: 4
Review by:
bandit
VERY INFORMATIVE--EVEN WITHOUT A SCIENCE BACKGROUND

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Stars: 3
Review by:
Lizzytish
A series of short stories that make a perfect bedtime snack. Some are absurd, some good. I enjoy learning more about Sherlock himself as I do reading the mysteries. This is where Sherlock fights to the death with Moriarty at Reichnbach Falls. Now I can't wait to read how Sherlock revives.

Appointment With Death

Author: Agatha Christie
Stars: 4
Review by: 
Lizzytish
Not only do I get to visit with the delightful Poirot, but I get to visit Petra also!
I actually half figured this one out! Come see the ruins and stony wall of Petra as well as seeing the stony heart of man and what ruin they can bring upon themselves.

A Fall of Marigolds

Author: Susan Meissner
Stars: 5
Review by: bandit

BEST BOOK I READ ALL SUMMER! A UNIQUE STORY WEAVING 2 LIVES 100 HUNDRED YEARS APART.

Fishbowl

Author: Bradley Somer
Stars: 4
Review by: 
BeachBarb
Quirky, but once I got past the first chapter I enjoyed the book.

Dressed for Death

Author: Donna Leon
Stars: 4
Review by: 
jambob
This Author writes a series of mysteries with her version of an Italian Sherlock Holmes. Born in NJ, but lived in Venice she picks up the flavor and culture of Venetians with clever murder mysteries. Guido Brunetti is understated, thought provoking but always seeking justice after a nice dinner of pasta!

The Forgotten Garden

Author: Kate Morton
Stars: 4
Review by: 
Karyn G
A look at Victorian England as a modern day Australian searches for her roots.

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But in the Pool

Author: Lisa Scottoline
Stars: 5
Review by: 
Patti K
This mother-daughter duo is always fun.

Gorge

Author: Kara Richardson Whitely
Stars: 5
Review by: Patti K

I've long been a fan of Kara and, after hearing her speak at the Library recently, couldn't wait to read Gorge. It's a brilliant and incredibly honest memoir.

This Was A Man

Author: Jeffrey Archer
Stars: 5
Review by: Pam D

Great conclusion to the 7 book series.

Notwithstanding

Author: Louis De Bernieres
Stars: 4
Review by: 
BKF
Crazy nostalgic stories about English village life. A very entertaining read!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Congratulations to...

... our Week #14 Prize Winners:

  • a 'Retired Cat' - who likes to read!
  • fran housten

Progress So Far

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