With just over a week left before our Summer Reading Challenge wraps up, it’s time to make sure your reading minutes and activities are logged in order to earn badges. It’s not too late to register if you haven’t had a chance to do that, either! The Challenge ends on July 26, after which finishers will be able to collect their free book and we’ll draw winners for the bonus prize drawings. If you’re wondering what you should read to get you through this final week (or what to avoid), take a look at some more of the reviews your fellow patrons have been leaving.
The Magnolia Sisters by Michelle Major- "A good story of three sisters coming together. All from different mothers, but despite that they all work together for one common goal. Life can change in an instant. Be ready."
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken- "Semi-depressing coming of age story about a teenager who struggles with being gay in early 90s SoCal. Lots of horses, most characters are unlikeable, but I still couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the main character Rory's relationship with her step dad."
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers- "I would recommend "The Masterpiece," and could not put this book down. The author developed the characters both in present day and explained their backstories expertly. She showed that healing was possible through Jesus for both characters and for her readers."
The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren- "I loved loved loved all of Christina Lauren's original series of books - the beautiful series and the wild series. The last few books from this team of authors has been bland at best. This one is no different. The characters are bland, the story is long and drags on in places."
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead- "I absolutely adored this book about a mid-tier ballet dancer who quits to get married and have a child. When her song comes of age, his interest in dancing brings her back to the sport and a long buried secret."
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo- "Not recommended. I didn't like any of the characters. I thought they were all exaggerated and not very believable. The storyline also seemed contrived as lots of tragedies and dilemmas befell the characters before it all worked out in the end."
Home by Harlan Coben- "Myron Bolitar changed as a person over the years, it's 11th book in the series. Win is back and they both are trying to find two missing boys. The story gets to you. Victims became suspects, nothing new. What's important is to learn the truth and Myron always there to the truth."
Intensity by Dean Koontz- "This is such a good book! I could not put it down! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I highly recommend it!"
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng- "A little slow to start, but once I got into it this book was amazing. The characters really came to life and at the end I still wanted to know more about what happened after the end. Definitely recommend!"
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber- "Family! Family should always be there to back you. Unfortunately for many of us that is not the case. A great story of coming back together again."
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed- "The title’s reference to Lord Byron caught my attention, and when I saw the plot also had links to other artists, I was hooked. Teens will relate to the protagonist's feminist views and her struggle with differing identities, and the historical mystery part of the plot is fun."
Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings, and Broken Hearts by Kathryn Harkup- "Written by a chemist, this was a scientific look at of every type of death a Shakespearean character suffers, and also explores the contemporary ideas of death that would have informed his writings. Be warned, some of the descriptions can get in-depth and graphic."