We're still going strong with the Summer Reading Challenge, so if you're looking for new things to pick up to finish out your reading log, take a look at some of the recommendations by your fellow patrons. These suggestions come from the Recommended Read cards. If you haven't seen these cards yet, it's not too late to grab some from the Information Desk and fill them out. On the cards, simply let us know what you’re reading and why you would/would not recommend it. You can drop these off at the Information Desk and we draw winners every week for additional Summer Reading prizes.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- This book is really popular, with 3 Recommended Read cards coming in the last few weeks! "A great drama. Terrific character development and it might make you cry." "This book is so exciting while diving into history by portraying the horrors and bravery during WWII." "Great historical novel of lives in France before and during WWII and all the hardships they had to endure during the German occupation."
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby- Another very popular read these last few weeks with 4 cards submitted. "This memoir is an enlightening story told by a quadriplegic by blinking his eyes. He is stuck in his own mind, unable to move. This story will bring to light the hardship one faces when paralyzed from head to toe." "This is an insightful memoir but also very depressing. This poor man went through such a horrible experience." "Very short memoir written by a man with locked-in syndrome who can only blink his left eye to communicate." "It is amazingly written by a determined man who has locked-in syndrome. Only able to blink his left eye, he incredibly crafts an inspiring and sad memoir."
Dog in the Manger by Mike Resnick- "Resnick usually writes science fiction, but put his hand to a series of short mysteries. This is the first one of three. A quick read, a fun read, and a perfect book for at the beach or a rainy day!”
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco- "Very compelling. Couldn't put it down. Exciting and a cool twist at the end I look forward to reading the next book.”
My Cubs: A Love Story by Scott Simon- "Scott Simon grew up near Wrigley Field. Jack Brickhouse was his godfather and he relates how hard it is to be a lifelong Cubs fan and keep the faith. Go Cubs!"
Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner- "This book presents to a reader a great complexity of broken families, of siblings scarred for life. It's so much more than a mystery story. I love Lisa's way of presenting the complex topic in such a way that you are thinking about it after finishing the book."
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During & After the WWII Internment by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston- "This book is a nonfiction account of a young girl who was in Japanese internment camps after Pearl Harbor. This eye-opening book will reveal how Americans treated others."
Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi- "Fast-paced, hilarious and thought-provoking, with a dash of romance."
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom- "An inspiring memoir about a teacher and his student, who is never too old to continue teaching and asking questions about life."
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi- "Great fantasy novel that incorporates Nigerian mythology."
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham- "I finally finished the Gilmore Girls series and it was a great way to learn more about Lauren Graham."
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin- "A great autobiography of Steve Martin. Nice to read about what he had to go through to become the star he is."