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Wednesday
Jun272018

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Title:  Providence

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Review: Jon and Chloe have been best friends for years.  They are an odd duo; He, quiet and shy, She, beautiful and outgoing.  When Jon suddenly disappears their 8th grade year, Chloe’s life begins to falls apart.  Four years later, as she has begun to pull her life back together, Jon suddenly reappears.  He has no memories of the last 4 years.

Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, Detective “Eggs”  DeBenedictus is investigating a string of unusual deaths that all appear to be from natural causes.  What is causing these healthy, young people to suddenly drop dead?  The answer seems to be leading him to Jon, the missing boy who has miraculously reappeared.

Review by:  Jannelle

Tuesday
Jun262018

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

Title:  In Praise of Wasting Time

Author: Alan Lightman

Review:

In a world where sitting quietly and not doing anything can be seen as “wasting time”, Alan Lightman shows us that those are the times that can be most productive and most beneficial.  The classic example of this is how Einstein developed some of his most groundbreaking ideas by daydreaming.

 

Review by:  Ben

Friday
Jun222018

Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perlman

Title:  Smitten Kitchen Every Day

Author: Deb Perlman

Review: “Deb Perlman is one of my all time favorite cooks! Whenever I need to impress my friends or family with a special dish, I always turn to Deb. She has been hosting a blog for ages, and I have been anticipating this cookbook for years. Let me tell you, this book delivers! She has collected is an incredibly thoughtful batch of recipes - mostly new - for lunch, dinner, and dessert. She provides a good variety of options for any mood, and her helpful voice guides you through the process the whole time- which makes cooking less stressful and more fun! If you’re looking for a good variety of casual options that are still decadent, I would recommend this book.”

Review by:  Allison

Wednesday
May232018

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan

Title:  Ocean Meets Sky

Author: Terry Fan

Review:

What attracted me to this book at first was the amazing artwork.  The story follows the character Finn on an adventure to discover where the ocean meets the sky.  A perfect book to read to a small child, igniting wonder and imagination.

Review by:  Ben

Monday
May212018

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Title:  Shanghai Girls

Author: Lisa See

Review:

This is the story of sisters Pearl and May who are living a good life in Shanghai until fortunes turn and they are given by their father into arranged marriages to settle a debt. They endure terrible suffering and pain through the war and then adjusting to life in America with Chinese American husbands and their families.  Throughout, they remain close and are strong for each other.  This is both an inspiring and historically eye opening story.  I recommend it for anyone interested in history and cultural differences.

 

Review by:  Dianne

Saturday
May192018

Dad Jokes by Jimmy Niro

Title:  Dad Jokes

Author: Jimmy Niro

Review:

Dad Jokes by Jimmy Niro  is a fun and clean compilation of jokes. Many jokes that are included in this book are very puny. A key point here is that you don’t have to be a dad to tell dad jokes. I recommend you pick it up and have a good laugh.

 

Review by:  Aly

Thursday
May172018

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Title:  The Lost Plot

Author: Genevieve Cogman

Review:

This fourth book in the series has so many twists and turns, it will always keep you guessing.  It is set in New York City during prohibition. You have the gangsters, and the flappers, and some bad dragons. Irene and her assistant, Kai are out to find a book, and a stray Liberian that has gone missing, all the while trying to escape dragons, and mobsters. A great read!!

 

Review by:  Julie

Friday
Apr272018

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer

Title:  Braiding Sweetgrass

Author: Robin Kimmerer

Review:

This is the most engaging science book I’ve ever read. There’s science, cultural history, and poetry. What I found most captivating  was how the author would connect, what seemed like polar opposites, the world of science with the world of indigenous knowledge and stories. After reading this book, I definitely gained a new perspective as far as how I view our earth and how poetic science can be.

 

Review by:  Rubi

Thursday
Apr262018

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Title:  The Way of Kings

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Review:

I found The Way of Kings because I was looking for another good fantasy read after having powered through the first two books of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I’m on the second book of this series now, but I’m honestly still processing everything from this first book. I think that fact in itself is a testament to the thoughtfulness of Sanderson’s writing and world-building. Sanderson excels at creating engrossing characters with dynamic thoughts, and slowly reveals a politically and morally complex storyline. The narration primarily switches between three characters; Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar, in a world of desert-storms and fallen civilizations. This book is long and the focus is on the build-up, but wow, the pay-off is worth it. A disclaimer; this book is the first book in an epic fantasy series of 3 written with another 7 books planned. However, Sanderson writes on a tight schedule, and you can get updates on his writing process in his website. He expects to finish a new book in this series every couple of years. All in all, if you like epic fantasy and haven’t read any books by Sanderson yet, I would highly recommend reading this book.

Review by:  Allison

Monday
Apr162018

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

Title:  Disruption

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Review:

In this novel for young adults, Maggie Stevens discovers the dark side of a Utopian society.  M-Bands, created by Mercer Corporation, have revolutionized daily life.  No longer will there be consequences for bad decisions because your M-Band knows what decision is best for you.  After learning firsthand what happens when you don’t get with the program, Maggie vows to take down Mercer Corporation with the unwilling help of the heir to M-Corp empire. Book 2, Corruption, is also available in paperback!

Review by:  Jannelle

Sunday
Apr152018

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Title:  We Were the Lucky Ones

Author: Georgia Hunter

Review:

This book gives you a inside view of one Jewish family’s will to survive and reunite during the horrors of Poland during WWII. This book weaves a tale that will not leave you. It will make you think about the courage these people had, the will to survive, and the courage to not give up! This is a based on a true story.  I have not cried this much reading a book in a while.... this is a must read!

Review by:  Julie

Saturday
Apr142018

Notes from a Public Typewriter

Title:  Notes from a Public Typewriter

Editors: Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti

Review:

What do you get when you put a typewriter in a bookstore, roll in a sheet of paper and let anyone type anything?  You get this book.

From the silly to the profound, and everything in between, this one is interesting for sure.

Review by:  Ben

Friday
Apr132018

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Title:  Annihilation

Author: Jeff Vandermeer

Review:

Annihilation has been dramatized into a movie that pales in comparison to the book. This story line follows four women into the unknown zone known as Area X. A Biologist, Psychologist, Anthropologist, and a Survery are sent into the zone to unravel the mystery within. A psychological thriller, expertly written by Jeff Vandermeer keeps you reading to the end of the first book and beyond. I recommend this series to fantasy and science fiction readers who also like a bit of mystery.

 

Review by:  Aly

Saturday
Mar242018

Introvert Activity Book by Maureen Wilson

Title:  Introvert Activity Book 

Author: Maureen Wilson

Review:

This is one that you can do in any order.  Open it up whenever you have a few minutes, or make an evening of it.  There is a handy progress chart in the front so you can keep track of which ones you have done.

Review by:  Ben

Thursday
Mar222018

Make Your Bed by William McRaven

Title:  Make Your Bed

Author: William McRaven

Review:

This book makes a great gift for yourself or for anyone really. It’s a small pick me up motivational book that packs a punch. The 10 lessons are based off the McRaven’s real life experiences as a Navy Seal and this is definitely a book you can reread over and over whenever you need to refocus or readjust your attitude.

 

Review by:  Rubi

Wednesday
Mar072018

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Title:  Mortal Engines

Author: Philip Reeve

Review:

What if your town moved? What if the only way your town could survive is move around and eat other towns?  That is what the earth had become after earth quakes and war. This book is about Tom who lives in London.  He fell off of London during an attack on another small town. He is helped by a strange girl named Hester. That is where the adventure begins… 

Review by:  Julie

Monday
Mar052018

Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge

Title:  Silence: In the Age of Noise

Author: Erling Kagge

Review:

What is so lacking in our modern society is a quality called silence. When was the last time you spent any amount of item in silence? In this book we can take a few minutes to learn the lessons, and think about the quality of silence,  from a man who has spent  a lot of time doing just that. Try 50 days alone, hiking to the South Pole for starters.

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Mar032018

The Inheritance by Charles Finch

Title:  The Inheritance

Author: Charles Finch

Review:

In the latest installment of the Charles Lenox mystery series,  Sir Charles receives a letter from an old school chum from Harrow.  As young men they set out to discover the identity of the benefactor who has supported this friend all through school.   Never successful,  30 years later, he has asked the help of Lenox once again.  These are civilized mysteries set in London in the 1800's with compelling characters and well thought out plots.  I recommend the series.

 

Review by:  Dianne

Thursday
Mar012018

Into the Dark Mountains by Jackson E. Graham

Title:  Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains

Author: Jackson E. Graham

Review:

This debut novel by teen author Jackson E. Graham takes the reader on a fantasy journey full of suspenseful twists and turns, dwarves, dragons, heroes, and an epic struggle between good and evil. Readers will be drawn into this emotional tale, and be pleasantly surprised at the presence of both a strong male and female character. You will definitely find yourself anxiously awaiting the next book in this immersive series.

Review by:  Doreen

Tuesday
Feb272018

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Title:  How to Train Your Dragon

Author: Cressida Cowell

Review:

I read the first book in this series after recommending it to someone on solely on reputation: it was fantastic.

Hiccup is an adorable, kind, soft hearted, Viking who is stubbornly determined to fit in with the other, louder, tougher boys. [He doesn’t fit the mold of a future Viking chief, but that doesn’t stop him from trying his hardest.]

Toothless, his remarkably small dragon, is sassy and melodramatic, a perfect personality for being a tiny dragon. [Even though he is small, Toothless doesn’t let his size stop him from having a bit of fun with the bigger dragons.]

The dialogue and characters are witty, despite being everyone being Vikings, and the story is short and sweet, ending after just the right amount of suspense for a young reader book. I would recommend it to both girls and boys, and anyone who just wants a short, sweet read about Vikings and dragons.

Review by:  Kat