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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.

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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 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.

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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 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 12, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Recursion

Book Title: Recursion

Author: Blake Crouch

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

It is all about the importance of memory. What happens if the memories we have today are suddenly entirely different tomorrow? Are both memories real or are some false memories, and how do you know what is real?

For Barry, a New York City policeman, the story starts in 2018, when he encounters a woman experiencing false memories that lead her to commit suicide. Although there is no "case" he is compelled to investigate her story.

For Helena, the story begins eleven years earlier in 2007. She is a neuroscientist researching memories, hoping to help her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's.

Time, past, future, and reality all become irrelevant as Barry's and Helena's stories progress, merge, separate...

Why I Picked it Up: If you're like me, you were excited to see a new book by Blake Crouch. Having been blown away by Dark Matter I couldn't wait to read Recursion!

Why I Finished It: In Dark Matter I didn't figure out what was going on until near the end. In this story, you understand what is happening, but it is so twisty-turny fascinating, it is hard to put down.

I’d Give this Book To: Blake Crouch fans. Like Dark Matter, this book defies classification so I would recommend it to people who like thrillers, science fiction, and love stories; it is all of them.

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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! 
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 9, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Book Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Reviewed By: Tara E.

The author shares anecdotes about her own career to motivate readers to keep being creative. She provides arguments against the cultural ideas of what a struggling artist should look like. She also shares advice about how she tackles those hard days when you don't want to work. Lastly, she teaches the reader how to fail well.

Why I Picked it Up: It was my Book Club's June pick.

Why I Finished It: I was interested in her ideas about how to keep being creative even when you feel like giving up or times are tough.

I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who wants to tap into their creative side. This book is not just for writers. This book can apply to dancers, artists, musicians, and any one else in the creative arts.

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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! 
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 5, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - All the Wrong Places

Book Title: All the Wrong Places

Author: Joy Fielding

Reviewed By: Barbara N.

This is a very well written book catching your attention from page one. The storyline describes lonely females who want companionship; hoping for a real connection. In their search for a partner, they turn to online dating. The theme of this book follows a handsome, sophisticated psychopath who can adapt to any situation. He enjoys the challenge of selecting women by their online profiles. He then lures them to his apartment and after torturing them, he kills them. He only stays in one place for a short time so as not to get captured.

This book follows a lady named Paige, who he has set his sights on. The events that unfold frustrate him as things keep happening, preventing him from getting them to meet. While he is waiting to get together with Paige, he lures other women into his trap.

The lesson learned from Liar, Liar brings to one’s attention the dangers that can be found with online dating.

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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! 
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 2, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Virgil Wander

Book Title: Virgil Wander

Author: Leif Enger

Reviewed By: Jessica F.

Virgil Wander is a quirky, uplifting story about a small, upstate Minnesota community that has seen better days. After Virgil's car flies off a bridge, he must recover from the accident and learn to live with a brain injury. Helped along the way by the community members and a kite making visitor, Virgil discovers a changed perspective on life. However, there are dark things afoot that may upend Virgil's newfound happiness. Filled with funny moments, rich characters, and a wonderful setting, Virgil Wander is a joy to read.

Why I Finished It: Great writing, humor, richly drawn characters, and some mythical undertones

I’d Give this Book To: People who enjoy positive literary fiction, people who enjoy small town fiction, book clubs.

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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! 
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, June 28, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review - Good Omens

Book Title: Good Omens

Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

The story revolves around the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale, who have been on earth since the beginning of time and kind of like it here. Despite their obvious philosophical differences, they have found a way to co-exist, cooperate when necessary, and become "friends." However, things change quickly when the antichrist is born, precipitating Armageddon, the Apocalypse and the end of the world - in just 6 days.

This exact timeline had been foretold 400 years ago in The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. As time runs out, Crowley, Aziraphale, Agnes' great-great granddaughter Anathema, and a band of strange characters, work (mostly separately) to prevent the Apocalypse from happening.

Can they thwart the Divine Plan? Is this the Divine Plan??

Why you picked it up: I picked this up because I had been seeing trailers for Amazon's original series based on the book. Although I have read both authors, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, I never heard of this book, which is apparently a cult classic.

I will admit to "reading along" as I watched the Amazon series. The show helped to explain what was going on in the book - and vice versa. The story is funny and thought-provoking.

Why you finished it: Doesn't everybody want to know how the end of the world plays out?

Who you would recommend it to: People who like and appreciate the unique writing styles of Gaiman and Pratchett. Anyone who enjoys humorous stories about witches, angels, demons, and misplaced babies.

Find Good Omens 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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