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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
First Sight
Author
Danielle Steel
Review
The main character, Timmie O'Neill is beautifully developed throughout the entire book. Bits of her life are revealed throughout the story which once you get into you don't want to put down. One of Danielle Steel's better novels.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
Rainwater
Author
Sandra Brown
Review
Depression-era love story set in a small town in Texas. I enjoyed the characters, and the boarding house setting. Light,
Genre
Historical fiction
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
Big Sky Summer
Author
Linda Lael Miller
Review
Welcome back to Parable! In her third book in the series, Casey's two children find out they are Walter Parrish's children, a fact that has been kept from them all their life. While predictable it was nice to go back to Parable County and catch up on what is going on around town.
Genre
Fiction
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
Oath of Fealty
Author
Elizabeth Moon
Review
Kieri Phelan, the former Duke and soon to be crowned King of Lyonya, has a new challenge in ruling a human and elven kingdom and convincing his Council that they need to have a protective army for defense. His former captains, Arcolin and Dorrin Verrakai, have challenges of their own as Arcolin takes over the Duke's mercenary company and Dorrin returns to her estranged family's holding as the new Duke Verrakai. This first book in a new series continues the story of some characters from the Paksennarion trilogy, but can be read first as well.
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
Title
Life after life
Author
Kate Atkinson
Review
I loved this book! Set in England primarily during WWII, it's about a woman who dies and is reborn over and over again, living out different versions of her life with each rebirth. It sounds confusing, but it really wasn't. Each variation of her life includes the same core characters and it was fascinating to see how her choices and decisions played out in her current life and then affected the direction of her future lives. I thought the characters were interesting and enjoyed the witty dialogue and author's dry sense of humor. The descriptions of England during the war and the relentless bombing of London are incredible. Part of it takes place in Germany and includes the main character's interactions with Hitler and the potential to influence events in Europe. Original and different, it's one of the best books I've read in a long time. Highly recommended!
Genre
Alternative History
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
Title
Born Standing Up
Author
Steve Martin
Review
I listened to this audio book on a long trip and found it very entertaining. Steve Martin narrates his story, and for those of you who remember his comedic beginnings on SNL, it is interesting.
Genre
Biography
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 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
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
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
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
Sea Glass Island
Author
Sheryl Woods
Review
This was the third in a series about the Castle daughters and focused on Samantha. The book is about relationships, overcoming hardships, starting over again, and mending fences with family members. The story is very predictable but is a "feel good" summer read. The whole series is in a beach town so a great trilogy to take to the beach! The ending definitely leaves an opening to revisit the Castle family again in the future!
Rating
Title
Reading "Lolita" in Tehran
Author
Azar Nafisi
Review
Azar Nafisi bookends her memoir with stories of her special class, a group of women who met at her house to talk about texts that were forbidden. Together they read Nabokov and Austen, Gatsby and Daisy Miller. In the middle is Nafisi's memories of involvement in the '70s revolution, teaching in the 1980s and 1990s, and the Islamic Republic taking away more and more freedoms.
Genre
Memoir
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
Under Currents
Author
Stella Cameron
Review
Just like the title says there are plenty of "undercurrents" going on in this story. Susan who owns a hair salon is desperate to adopt a baby but faces the challenge of being a single parent. Mike owns a ship restoration business which is on the brink of financial insolvency. Mike and Susan are brought together through Susan's sister Libby. Libby is in mortal danger which also jeopardizes her sister Susan. There is romance and mystery throughout this book. The ending is somewhat predictable.
Genre
Fiction
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
A Letter of Mary
Author
Laurie R. King
Review
Mary Russell is working diligently on her theology papers, but both she and Sherlock Holmes are bored until archaeologist Dorothy Ruskin drops in with a letter that may affect both the church and how women are perceived. Miss Ruskin's subsequent murder has both Russell and Holmes on the case to find her murderer and the motive. An enjoyable third entry in the Mary Russell series.
Genre
Mystery
Rating