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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - The Dry

Book Title: The Dry

Author: Jane Harper

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

When Aaron Falk returns to his childhood home for the funeral of his best friend Luke Hadley and his wife and child, he is met with suspicion, anger and downright hate. Twenty years ago he and his father were driven from the town under accusations of murder, or at least some knowledge of the drowning of one of Aaron's close friends. No one has forgotten and few people welcome him back.

With that history following him, Aaron, a Federal Agent, begins to work with the town's police chief to figure out if the deaths of the Hadley family were the result of a murder/suicide, as they seemed to be, or something else.

Set in rural Australian farm country in the midst of a horrific drought, there is enough reason to believe that Luke had reached the end of his rope. In debt and with his farm failing, he decided to end his own life and take his wife and child with him - or did he? Why did he leave his youngest child alive? Why was his wife's body found near the door? Why was his son's room torn apart? There are enough questions, and certainly enough suspects among the townspeople, to continue investigating - at least off the record. And what did Ellie Deacon's death, twenty years earlier have to do with it?

Why I Picked it Up: This is Jane Harper's debut novel, and it is exceptional. The characters are detailed and well developed. The descriptions of the setting make the heat and the dry of the Australian summer come alive. The plot seamlessly jumps back and forth from the present to Aaron's teenage years.

Why I Finished It: I could not put it down.

I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who like mysteries, especially mysteries set in different countries and cultures.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - The Summerhouse

Book Title: The Summerhouse

Author: Jude Deveraux

Reviewed By: Doris O.

Three women meet on their mutual 21st birthdays at the DMV. They spend the afternoon together while the DMV corrects and re-corrects their driver’s licenses.

They separate, leading their own lives for 19 years. On their 40th birthday they agree to meet again at the summerhouse in Maine of the therapist of one of them. They compare their lives over the last 19 years and all are deeply unhappy. After a shopping trip in the small town, each discovers a business card of “Madam Zoya” among their purchases. They visit her and are offered a chance to relive three weeks of their choice in the past. During this “time travel” they each make changes in their lives—in their own way. They only have to remember the past “new” 19 years to discover they are happy successful women, now.

Many of Ms. Deveraux’s books contain not only romance and adventure but fantasies about “time travel” or “ghosts.” The books offer insight into interpersonal relationships both family and romantic that we can learn from.

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Summer Reading programs are over for this year, but we still want your reviews!
Did you just read a great book that you can't wait to share? Write a #Random Review! We may publish it in the blog; people may respond; it might start a conversation.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - My Sister Marilyn

Book Title: My Sister Marilyn

Author: Berniece Baker Miracle

Reviewed By: Carol S.

This is a memoir about actress Marilyn Monroe written by her sister and niece.

It traces Marilyn's roots back to when she was Norma Jeane and just starting out in life. Norma's journey and discoveries are eye openers. Written by her sister who loved her dearly, it shows the real person behind the actress facade.

Why I Picked it Up: I have always been curious about the real Norma Jeane and the truth behind her picked out personality. I knew there was a smart, generous, yet insecure person behind the Hollywood creation. It turned out there was!

Why I Finished It: I could not put it down. You will get wrapped up in the unique people both Marilyn and her sister are and their special bond.

I’d Give this Book To: All adult readers.

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Summer Reading program participants! Submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - The Sentence is Death

Book Title: The Sentence is Death

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed By: Julie J.

The Sentence is Death is the second book featuring PI Hawthorne and author Anthony Horowitz as himself. Horowitz is the sidekick to Hawthorne and narrator of the story. Horowitz, who has penned Sherlock Holmes books for the Conan Doyle estate, pays homage to the famous detective pair of Holmes and Watson with this series and the storyline in this book in particular. Hawthorne is modeled after Holmes with Horowitz being the Watson type character of the series.

In this second book, Hawthorne and Horowitz help the police investigate the murder of a high-profile divorce attorney who has been bludgeoned to death at his home with a vintage bottle of wine. Curious since the victim, Richard Pryce, did not drink. Even more curious is the three digit code left by the killer on the wall. Together Hawthorne and Horowitz must decipher the meaning and find the killer.

Why I Picked it Up: I picked up the book since I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Word is Murder, and I have enjoyed watching British mystery shows that have been written by Anthony Horowitz. Plus, I love a good mystery.

Why I Finished It: The plot twists keep the story moving and the reader interested and guessing until the very end as to who the killer happens to be. The dry humor that Horowitz weaves in also makes it an enjoyable read.

I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with some wit to it. It is also a good mystery book for those who like mystery stories but do not like all the gore that some depict. I especially recommend the audiobook version. The narrator is excellent. He truly brings the characters to life. In addition, if you are a fan of the TV series Foyle’s War; then you will enjoy the production tidbits that Horowitz, who created and wrote the series, weaves in throughout the storyline of The Sentence is Death.

Find The Sentence is Death in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! Submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Enchanted August

Book Title: Enchanted August

Author: Brenda Bowen

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

This is story of four people who rent a magnificent cottage on an island off the coast of Maine.
Rose and Lotte both are moms that need a break. The book jacket says that they can not afford it alone but later describes how wealthy Rose is so that doesn't make sense.
They find two others to share the place. One is a movie star named Caroline, the other is Beverly who just lost a loved one.

Why you picked it up: I chose this book because it sounded like a fun adventure. I was looking for something lighthearted. It is based on the novel 'The Enchanted April' by Elizabeth von Arnim which is a story of 4 women who rent a castle on the Italian Riviera. I was surprised to find that the characters had the same names and similar descriptions. (For example, Caroline is a socialite, not a movie star).

Why you finished it: I finished it because I enjoyed the characters. I liked the twists and turns. It reminded me of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. Some of it was so unrealistic that it made me laugh, in particular, one of the husband's lines. The wife replies that she doesn't believe him either!

Who you would recommend it to: It would be good for someone that likes romance novels set in Maine. I would recommend it to someone that likes remakes of movies/books. (The Enchanted April was a movie in 1991 based on the book written in about 1922).

Find Enchanted August in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! Submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings for all program finishers. More prizes! Yay!
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked)

Book Title: Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked)

Author: Jaclyn London

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

Dressing on the Side(and Other Diet Myths Debunked) touts 11 Science-Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great About Your Body. The author discusses solutions to the most common excuses for not eating healthy. Whether your problem is lack of time, lack of funds, or that grocery shopping causes anxiety, the author provides suggestions to help solve the problem. The information gives you options to consider. One example is sneaky foods that contain sugar (spoiler alert: crackers and condiments).

Why you picked it up: The author has an MS in clinical nutrition from NYU who is also a RD and CDN. I chose this book because it is a recent publication.

Why you finished it: It was an interesting book. The protips sections gave me food for thought such as questions to ask while grocery shopping. It is helpful that the book names specific brands of products.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this book to people looking for ways to change their life in regards to diet. I should mention that the author does use some expletives which I think were unnecessary. The vowel in the word is an asterisk but this type of language is offensive to many.

Find Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked) in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! Submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings for all program finishers. More prizes! Yay!
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Wisconsin's Door County

Book Title: Wisconsin's Door County

Author: Thomas Huhti

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

Wisconsin's Door County by Thomas Huhti is an excellent travel guide. It begins with information on planning a trip to Door County. The author describes sights to see (including the best place for sunrises and sunsets). There is background information about the landscape, the people, and the history. Fun fact: Door County is the 4th largest cherry producing region in the nation. There is also information about nearby areas such as Milwaukee which is on the drive to Door County.

Why you picked it up: A friend offered a quick trip to her cottage in Door County. I wanted to read about it beforehand to familiarize myself with the area.

Why you finished it: I finished this book because the last two sections were 'Essentials' and 'Resources'. Now who wouldn't read that? They even tell you how to get a free road map. The resource section includes additional reading plus a variety of Wisconsin related websites. They also mention the speed traps as well as the lower prices (everywhere except Door County) and lower tax rate.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this book to anyone thinking about a mini trip to Door County. It is a little over a 4 hour drive (from the Roselle library) and a lovely place to visit.

Find Wisconsin's Door County in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! Submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings for all program finishers. More prizes! Yay!
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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