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Adult Summer Reading signups available from June 22 through July 31.

Groundbreaking Reads runs from June 22 to August 16. There will be raffles every week that you can enter by reading books & writing reviews, entering weekly games, and attending programs.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of events planned for the summer.
Reviews
Title
Throne of Jade
Author
Naomi Novik
Review
In the second book in the Temeraire series (the first is His Majesty's Dragon, Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire, must go to China when the Chinese emperor discovers that his gift to Napoleon has gone amiss and a Celestial is serving in the British aerial corps. The main strength of the series, to my mind, is Laurence and Temeraire's conversations - sometimes bantering, sometimes serious, and always a lot of fun. These are fantastic characters I enjoy spending time with.
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
Title
Six Years
Author
Harlan Coben
Review
Jake promised the love of his life Natalie that he would leave her alone for six years when she married Todd. When Jake learns of Todd's death he begins his search for Natalie. However, it is like Natalie vanished. Jake continues to pursue past friendships, places they visited all in a search to find Natalie. At times his search places his life in danger. The plot twists and turns and reaches a satisfying conclusion! I have never read this author but will now pick up another book of his based on this one.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Cat Sitter's Cradle
Author
John & Blaize Clement
Review
If you like the Stephanie Plum series, this will appeal to you. Dixie is a former police officer. Now a pet sitter in a Florida Key, she always manages to get mixed up in a murder while taking care of assorted creatures. This story involves a rich executive, an illegal alien, a newborn baby, and a rare exotic bird. Throw in a bit of romance and you have enjoyable story. If you like this one, there were 7 preceding it. I highly recommend that you start with the first one: Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter & read them all! The first ones were written solely by Blaize Clement.
Genre
Mystery
ISBN
978-1-250-00932-6
Rating
Title
And It Was Good
Author
Madeleine L'Engle
Review
When Madeleine L'Engle was on a cruise in the early 1980s, she started reading Genesis and reflecting on what she felt God was teaching her through her reading. And It Was Good focuses on events of the first twenty-two chapters, from Creation to Abraham's near sacrifice of Isaac. She sometimes draws on Old and New Testament, her faith background (and other traditions), and personal stories to illustrate her thoughts. If you read C.S. Lewis's nonfiction as well as his (and L'Engle's) fiction, I strongly recommend taking a look.
Genre
Nonfiction
Rating
Title
Squashed
Author
Joan Bauer
Review
The main character, Ellie, is a teenage girl trying to fit into the world of giant pumpkins and skinny girls. As she tries to grow the biggest pumpkin in Iowa, she learns about life and how to face its challenges.
Genre
teen lit - realistic fiction
ISBN
0-14-240426-8
Rating
Title
The Silver on the Tree
Author
Susan Cooper
Review
The Dark is rising, and in this final battle between Dark and Light, Will Stanton and all of his friends have to work together to defeat them for all time. The fifth in the Dark is Rising sequence Silver on the Tree is, in many ways, the sum of all of the previous books put together. The Drew family, Bran, and Will, all come together for the final battle. Everything that the previous books have been building up to comes to a head as Will re-collects the devices of the Light that he has been discovering all along, and he and Bran have to get the final piece, the crystal sword. I found it a decent read, and the descriptive writing draws you along through the story, though I would have enjoyed it more had I read it as a child.
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
Title
Second Honeymoon
Author
James Patterson
Review
There are two concurrent serial murder stories within this book, one killer who is killing couples on their honeymoon for no apparent reason and then an obsessed young man who is killing all John O'Hara's for reasons to be determined. A very fast paced James Patterson read that you won't be disappointed in if you are a J.P. fan!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Author
David Wroblewski
Review
The author exquisitely writes a page turner that kept me reading to experience this family's story deep down in my soul. Indeed, I wept during this novel. As soon as I finished it, I began to reread the beginning to tie it all together again. Then I went online to watch the videocast with the author and Oprah Winfrey to get more insight into the plot and characters. This riveting story haunts me. Warning: if you like happy endings, skip this one.
ISBN
978-0-06-176806-4
Rating
Title
Just One Kiss
Author
Susan Mallery
Review
Another Fool's Gold book by Susan Mallery. This book is about a single mother Patience and the man she fell in love with at 14 years old, Justice. Justice left unexpectedly when Patience was 14 years old. Justice returns a man "who has seen too much". Patience opens a coffee shop and Justice struggles with his demons. A typical Fool's Gold book but always good to catch up on the happenings in Fool's Gold!
Rating
Title
Gotcha
Author
Fern Michaels
Review
The sisterhood returns! If you have enjoyed the first 20 books in this series of the vigilantes you will enjoy this book. However, while the "boys" come in for a portion of this book the primary vigilantes that are featured are Myra and Annie. You do not need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. However if you do start at the first book in the series because if you like one you will like them all!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Moon and More
Author
Sarah Dessen
Review
What's a summer without a new teen book by Sarah Dessen? In her newest, Emaline is working in the family business in Colby, renting homes on the beach to folks on vacation. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a great boyfriend. But she's had some tension with her birth father, who promised a lot and isn't coming through, and then someone from New York comes to make a documentary of a local artist... Maybe I've reached a saturation point, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the others. If you're looking for light reading, teen coming of age Just Listen and The Truth About Forever are still my favorite Dessen books.
Genre
Teen Fiction
Rating
Title
Ladies Night
Author
Mary Kay Andrews
Review
Lives are connected through divorce in this enjoyable story. As part of divorce proceedings, some ladies and one man are forced to go to counseling. There is a bit of mystery and some romance in this light read. After reading some depressing books this summer, this was a welcome change.
Genre
Realistic fiction
ISBN
978-1-250-01967-7
Rating
Title
The End of Your Life Book Club
Author
Will Schwalbe
Review
Inspiring and touching, this true story contains themes ranging from family and relationships to social justice and the power of the written word, as mother and son gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other through sharing a wide range of reads together. I similarly enjoy sharing books with my own daughter, who recommended and loaned this one to me, and I'm looking forward to discussing it with her! Avid readers will especially enjoy the coverage of a wide variety of titles for future reading.
Genre
memoir
ISBN
9780307594037
Rating
Title
Voyage of the Frog
Author
Gary Paulsen
Review
This is a short survival book perfect for teens. Set in California, a young boy inherits a small sailboat, but takes a voyage that leads him far away from where he'd thought he'd be - both in the sea and life. This is a quick read because you won't want to put it down.
Genre
survival
ISBN
978-0-545-08535-9
Rating
Title
The Heist
Author
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Review
This is a new series about an FBI agent (Kate O'Hare) who tries to capture elusive Nicholas Fox, an international crook. This action adventure includes some creative deception to catch a corrupt investment banker. While this is certainly no literary masterpiece, it is an enjoyable summer read.
Genre
action/adventure
Rating
Title
A Spear of Summer Grass
Author
Deanna Raybourn
Review
I thought this book was just OK. It's about a woman who is exiled to Africa after some scandalous behavior and ends up finding romance and a home there. I didn't care for the main character or really any of the characters except for the natives. I did like the setting and the descriptions of the land, animals and native people. Many of the events in the book seemed far fetched and toward the end, I just wanted to be done with it.
Genre
Romance
Rating
Title
Bad Monkey
Author
Carl Hiaasen
Review
This enjoyable, but a bit raunchy mystery is set in Florida and the Bahamas. Hiaasen wove a humorous story line with some wacky characters that will amuse and hook you into the novel. A cop gone bad, a hot coroner, a voodoo dragon queen, some sneaky con artists, and a disgusting monkey make this a good summer read.
Genre
mystery
ISBN
978-0-307-27259-1
Rating
Title
The Good Life Lab
Author
Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
Review
This was a really interesting book about a couple who dream of living a more creative, hands-on life not based on money or consumerism. Their dissatisfaction with their current life led them to quit their well paying jobs in NYC and seek an “uncommodified” life in New Mexico, more in tune with nature and the things they valued. The book describes how they did it - literally creating a new life from scratch by acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to built, make, and repair things on their own to live an independent, low cost life. The book includes instructions on how to begin to master some of these skills yourself such as simple homemade recipes for food and cosmetics to more involved things including building a home, using solar power and making biofuel for your car. Very cool book that anyone who aspires to a more hands-on life would enjoy.
Genre
Non-fiction
Rating
Title
Bomb Shell
Author
Catherine Coulter
Review
Fans of Savich and Sherlock will love this next installment from Catherine Coulter which also introduces us to Griffin whom we will be "seeing" a lot more of. There are multiple murders and a drug ring and the detectives are hot on the trail of "Whodunit"!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
And the Mountains Echoed
Author
Khaled Hosseini
Review
Abdullah and Pari are inseparable as brother and sister, even though they are seven years apart. Their father, a hard worker struggling with poverty, gives Pari to a family that could better her life, but his actions leave a scar that will affect all of his children's lives. This sprawling family saga covers a lot of ground, and I found myself wishing it were more tightly plotted instead of including the story of characters tangentially related to the main two in question. Point of view and style of writing shifts unpredictably, and sometimes the setting changes were too quick for me to follow easily. Though it's a worthwhile read, I much prefer A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Genre
Family Saga
Rating