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Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Turtles All the Way Down

Book Title: Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Reviewed By: Tara E.

The story is about a girl named Aza and her adventures finding a missing billionaire in her local community. She shares this adventure with her best friend Daisy. During their investigation, she reunited with an old friend, the billionaire’s son. This reunion sparks romantic thoughts, and a different adventure begins for Aza. Throughout the story we also walk beside her as she learns to cope and deal with her inner voice, a voice set to bring destruction to Aza.

Why you picked it up: I am a John Green fan. I wanted to read his next book. I’ve read a bunch of his books including The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Why you finished it: I wanted to see what happened to the missing billionaire and how/if Aza would survive her mental illness.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this book to any John Green fan. It has the elements of his classic books: romantic relationships, a journey between best friends, and an element of mystery.

Find Turtles All the Way Down in print (English and Spanish) & digital formats in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants, what are you reading?
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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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - The Reason You're Alive

Book Title: The Reason You're Alive

Author: Matthew Quick

Reviewed By: Gordon P.

A very timely read in a time of increased division in our country. The protagonist is a somewhat cranky Vietnam veteran who tells the story of how he sought to make right a broken relationship after the Vietnam war. Along the way, he gets us to question what is really politically correct--our speech or our actions. By demonstrating that actions are often more powerful than words, he gets us to look at ourselves and ask how we really view others. The language is what you might expect from an old soldier--but if you look past the words, you will find true tenderness and cause to pause and reflect on your own life. It's worth the investment of time.
If you like violence and an entertaining read, this is the book for you.

Why you picked it up: The blurb sounded interesting.

Why you finished it: The characters were compelling and felt complex and real. The story asked questions that needed an answer.

Who you would recommend it to: People who enjoy contemporary literary fiction and those who enjoy having their thinking stretched by books.

Find The Reason You're Alive in print & audio formats in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants, what are you reading?
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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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - End Game

Book Title: End Game

Author: David Baldacci

Reviewed By: Dorothy H.

This book was a quick read—hard to put down. But when all is said and done, it is a very phony book. You knew who was going to be alive at the end. Do you suppose that these people will be in the next book?
Set in a deserted area of Montana it is the perfect place for communes and militant fringe groups. There are interesting descriptions of deserted missile sites. The characters were quite predictable. The “bad” girl was a surprise.
If you like violence and an entertaining read, this is the book for you.

Find End Game in a print, audio and digital formats in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants, what are you reading?
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, June 26, 2018

What are you reading this summer?

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.
If you are participating in a Summer Reading Program, your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings for all program finishers.

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.

It's quick! It's easy! It's fun! What are you reading?
(See what other patrons and staff are reading)

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Summr Readiing Book Review - I'll Be Your Blue Sky

Book Title: I'll Be Your Blue Sky

Author: Marisa De Los Santos

Reviewed By: Carol S.

The book is about 2 strong women, one named Edith and one named Clare. The book spans their lives starting in 1950s to current day and how these two strangers end up with more in common then they ever thought.

Why you picked it up: I was looking for a new author to read and just scanned the shelves. I have done this often in past and have found some new favorite authors!

Why you finished it: I couldn't put it down. The author has you so involved in each of the characters lives that you want to know where the plot is going to lead you. The author has created characters that you feel you know by the end of the book. Plus, there is a mystery to be solved.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good plot and a mystery to uncover. It's a fast read and actually may leave you wanting more at the end.

Find I'll be Your Blue Sky in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants, what are you reading?
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, June 19, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Radio Girls

Book Title: Radio Girls

Author: Sarah-Jane Stratford

Reviewed By: Pam D.

It is the late 1920's and the early stages of the new radio station call the BBC. A new program call "Talks" has been introduced to the air waves. It becomes very popular with its listeners. But because of some of the topics discussed on the program, the head of the BBC always wants to control what the guests say and the topics they discuss. Especially women's right to vote.

Why you picked it up: I liked the time period and wanted to know more about the beginnings of the BBC. The people who were at the beginning stages and what made it so successful. Many of the characters were real people and at the end of the novel the author writes about their lives and what was true in the book. The young woman that is at the center of the story is fictitious but her story is very interesting.

Why you finished it: I always wanted to know who the next guest was going to be on the "Talks" program and what their topic was. The characters were compelling and I wanted to know how they were going to move up in their careers. Working women were not common and had a hard time making their way in a career. There was a very satisfying ending and of course the BBC is still in existence.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to anyone who was interested in the history of the BBC or the time period between the two world wars. Someone who likes strong characters and story. There are hints of problems in England with Germany and what some businesses are trying to do in England to further their political causes and their bank accounts.

Find Radio Girls 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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Reading suggestions...

Beach reads, vacation reads, just relaxing at home reads... it's time for some Summer Reading! If you're looking for suggestions to get you started, we've got you covered.

Roselle staff picked some of their favorites - fiction and nonfiction -  for you to enjoy this summer. Download a list of suggestions now.

In the Library, stop by and select from our "Summer Reading Suggestions" display near the Reference Desk.





In the Library catalog, click on the
'Reading Takes You Everywhere" tab to see staff selections.






If you prefer instant gratification, download eBooks and eAudiobooks from eRead Illinois or eMediaLibrary.

       


Happy Summer Reading! (and listening! And learning!)

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