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Summer Reading Reviews

As you are hopefully aware, the annual Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing! If you haven’t yet, head here to sign up for this year’s challenge. Things are a bit different in 2020 with the challenge moving online, but we still have great incentives and prizes for everyone, including the usual prize book for anyone of any age group who completes the challenge. If you need assistance with the digital platform, check out our page here for a helpful video.

Being online gives readers the opportunity to share book reviews with everyone else signed up. This is a great way to get inspired by what others in the community are reading, and I know I'm certainly going to add some books to my reading list. The following are a number of reviews of adult titles that have been shared by readers on Beanstack in the first few weeks. You can continue following reviews on the site throughout the summer. Once you're logged in, you can click "Reviews" in the upper right of the Beanstack page, and then select "Peer Written Reviews". Or if you're already logged in, this link will take you straight to the reviews.


Home Front by Kristin Hannah: "Excellent read. PTSD How does one come home after being in war? Nothing is the same. They are not the same person as when they left. A very strong and sad story. This book helps one understand how hard it is for someone returning to home life." Overdrive audiobook; Hoopla audiobook; print book; CD audiobook

The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux: "Super quick read with stories both in Renaissance Venice and present day. Both love stores were kind of icky, and I wish it had more history in it. But I did enjoy it and was pleasantly surprised by the ending." Overdrive ebook; print book

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks: "A boy meets girl story. When they don't mean to fall in love, but slowly as time passes. The more they spend time together they find themselves falling for each other. Even though fate has another plan. Life does not always end happliy every after." Overdrive ebook; Overdrive audiobook; Axis360 ebook; print book

Fated by Benedict Jacka: "First in the Alex Verus series- Alex is a mage who owns a magic shop in London and ends up caught in the political machinations of both the Light and Dark mages. Urban Fantasy likely to be enjoyed by fans of the Dresden Files or Rivers of London. Not the most original, but fun." Hoopla audiobook

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber: "Excellent read. Balancing of friendship,mother children bonding and relationship ( romantic) What life brings us all every day." Overdrive ebook; Overdrive audiobook; Axis360 ebook; Axis 360 audiobook; print book; CD audiobook

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: "This is the prequel to the Hunger Games series which takes us to the teenage years of Coriolanus Snow. We learn of his long lost love Lucy Gray and how he developed the worldview that made him into the President he will one day become. Well written. Couldn't put it down!!" Overdrive ebook; Overdrive audiobook; Axis360 ebook; Axis360 audiobook; Hoopla audiobook; print book; CD audiobook


The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: "I have already read this series, I am just reading it again to enjoy the world of Middle Earth." Overdrive ebook; Overdrive audiobook; Axis360 audiobook; Hoopla audiobook (entire trilogy available together as Axis360 ebook)

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien: "I have read this book before, and it is my favourite J.R.R. Tolkien book I have ever read." Overdrive ebook; Overdrive audiobook; Axis360 audiobook; Hoopla audiobook; print book

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog by Amy Newmark: "A collection of short stories about how dogs have changed peoples lives. Not only were the lives of the people changed but in many cases also the dogs. Both the people and dogs learned life long lessons on love and compassion. It's a very unlifting book." print book

Dear Mister Rogers, Does it Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood? by Fred Rogers: "A collection of letters to Mister Rogers written by children and their parents through out the years. Asking him advice on growing up. As a child who grow up watching Mister Rodgers i was able to picture him answering each letter. With truth and simple language."

The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family by Charles Lachman: "I bought a postcard from the Lincoln Home showing the descendants of Lincoln. Always wondered why it ended in 1985. This book shows the lives of descendants of Lincoln's children and grand children and answers that question. Great History Lesson on those in Lincoln's family."

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, & Amy Newmark: "Short stories written by teachers and students. All students have stories to share. Stories that try to find the jot and inspiration in them that is life changing. The stories up lift your soul after a hard day. They help you find the joy in the little things."