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Monday, August 27, 2018

#RandomReview - Head On

Book Title: Head On

Author: John Scalzi

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

This was a great story - part sports story (really!), part mystery, part FBI procedural (is there such a thing?) and all sci fi. I loved it, and I can't even begin to explain what it was about in a short review.

Suffice it to say that Duane Chapman, a fair but not great player for the Boston Bays Hilketa team dies during a preseason game and 2 FBI agents try to solve the mystery of why, how and who did it. What is Hilketa, you ask? Well, it's kind of like football, but you score points by ripping off the head of the "goat" on the opposing team and throwing, kicking, carrying or otherwise getting it over the goal line. Duane was the goat for the third time in this game when he died. Duane, like all the players on the team had Haden's Syndrome, so it was not his physical body on the playing field, but a "threep" (like a robot body) that he was piloting. Somehow, he died. How, why and who?

All I can say is, it was really good!

Why you picked it up: I saw a short review in passing and it sounded like something I would enjoy.

Why you finished it: It combined some of my favorite elements: mystery, complex plotting, snappy dialogue, and science fiction.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to sci-fi fans and mystery fans.

Find Head On in our catalog.

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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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Beartown

Book Title: Beartown

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewed By: Julie J.

Fredrik Backman is known for his endearing and heart-warming stories such as A Man Called Ove. Beartown is a departure from his other novels. Beartown is a thought-provoking story about the repercussions a small hockey town faces after one of its residents commits a crime. If you enjoy Beartown then you will not want to miss the sequel, Us Against You.

Find Beartown in print, audiobook on CD and digital formats in the Library's catalog.

Summer Reading programs are long 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.

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.

What are you reading?

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Book Title: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewed By: Julie J.

Seven-year-old Elsa has grown up adoring her grandmother and the stories she tells her. However when Elsa's grandmother dies, her grandmother sets her on a mission to deliver letters to people her grandmother has known over the years. Letters to tell people she is sorry. Along her journey, Elsa learns more about her grandmother, both good and bad. Elsa meets lots of quirky people along the way whose stories we also get drawn into. One of those characters is Britt-Marie who Backman later featured in his book Britt-Marie Was Here. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry highlights the beautiful relationship between Elsa and her grandmother.

Find My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry in print and digital formats in the Library's catalog.

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.

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, August 16, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Digital Photography FAQz

Book Title: Digital Photography FAQz

Author: Jeff Wignal

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

Digital Photography FAQz by Jeff Wignal is an online book on eMediaLibrary. It has the answers to many questions about digital photography from the simple to questions I would not have even known to ask. It is very concise and using the search function, you can find answers quickly. It covers information on cameras, accessories, lenses, and gear. There are answers about basic photography techniques. A section on creative shooting techniques is also included.

Why you picked it up: After watching the Kanopy video entitled "Getting Beyond the Postcard: The Art of Travel Photography," I thought of looking up some photography books. (I also highly recommend the Kanopy videos which have a vast range of offerings from classics to more current movies).

Why you finished it: I was gifted an older digital camera but know very little about the many options on my camera. This is more of a reference book with so much information to absorb so it it really a book you never finish reading.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this to a person that owns or is thinking of purchasing a digital camera.

Find Digital Photography FAQz in downloadable ebook format in our catalog.

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.

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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Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - The Word is Murder

Book Title: The Word is Murder

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed By: Julie J.

Are you looking for a traditional British cozy mystery or police procedural? Then, The Word is Murder is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for an innovative British mystery, then you will want to check out this standalone mystery from Anthony Horowitz, best known for writing the TV series Foyle's War. Nothing like Foyle's War, The Word is Murder is the story of a socialite, Diana Cowper, who plans her own funeral and is murdered a few hours later. The question is did she plan her own murder or was it a coincidence? Horowitz himself appears as a character in the novel working with an unconventional private detective, named Hawthorne, to solve the mystery.

Find The Word is Murder in the Library's catalog.

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.

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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Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - In Tuscany

Book Title: In Tuscany

Author: Frances Mayes

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

"In Tuscany" is a book about the many aspects of life in Tuscany, Italy. The book is rich with photographs and recipes. The book discusses village life, celebrations, farming (olives) and the kitchen. The author's husband also wrote some poems that are included in the book. It would make a lovely coffee table book.

Why you picked it up: I was looking for a book from the display of travel books. I chose the book "In Tuscany" after hearing that it was written by the author of "Under the Tuscan Sun".

Why you finished it: "In Tuscany" has lovely photographs and interesting stories and recipes included in the book.These recipes also give English measurements which is helpful. I have never been to Tuscany but would someday like to travel there.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this to anyone interested in travel and information about Tuscany. It is not a recent book but the photographs are wonderful. The writing beautifully describes life in Tuscany.

Find In Tuscan in the Library catalog

Summer Reading program participants, what are you reading?
Submit a review by July 31st, 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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Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Book Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J. K. Rowling

Reviewed By: Maria C.

This book is a very captivating read, continuing the story of Harry Potter, a teenage boy wizard, as he enters into his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It adds onto the events of the last book, with the magical British government not believing Harry’s claims of evil rising, and Harry having to trust himself and his friends instead. I loved the character development in this book, as the main characters and villains grow to be better (or more sinister) yet also complex. The author is very detail-oriented, emphasizing on both humor and haunting background stories to successfully connect the plot in the present to events that occurred in the past. The way that the author explores the concept of growing up in a world full of magic and mayhem intrigues the reader to keep reading until the very last page.

Why you picked it up: I love Harry Potter, and wanted to reread the series, especially this particular one because it is so complex yet really provoked deep thought into what the characters are experiencing and how they all impact one another.

Why you finished it: It was very intriguing, and I desired to uncover the mystery of Harry’s odd dreams and their connection to the evil that is happening in their magical within the non-magical community.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this book to anyone interested in captivating stories about bravery, friendship, mystery, and-of course!-magic.

Find Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in print (English and Polish), audiobook (CD), DVD and digital formats in our catalog (as well as the video game in Xbox 360 and Wii formats)

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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