Staff Summer Reading – Ratings & Reviews (part 1)

book, tablet, audioThe Main Library staff had an in-house Summer Reading program this year! Employees rated and/or reviewed the books they read or listened to in audiobook form. Everyone who participated was entered in a drawing for prizes donated by co-workers. There were so many books reviewed that we are breaking them into two posts. Here are the titles beginning with A-L, with M-W coming soon (no XYZs were submitted 🙂 ).

THE AFTER-ROOM by Maile Meloy (JFIC)
★ ★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services

ALL THINGS NEW by Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews (IF)
★ ★ ★ ★ April, Circulation Services

AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo (MYS, ebook, Audiobook, Audio ebook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Debbie, Popular Materials • A great series that doesn’t need to be read in order. A mystery with a touch of Amish.

THE APPRENTICES by Maile Meloy (JFIC, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services • Great sequel to THE APOTHECARY!

BEING MORTAL: ILLNESS, MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Atul Gawande (362.175 G284, Ebook, Audiobook, Audio ebook)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • One of the best and most thought-provoking books I have ever read. Everyone needs to read this book! What is the goal of medicine when it comes to the dying, and are there times when they do more harm than good in trying to prolong life? But at what cost? Lots to think about and lots of changes to be made in the way we handle life decisions. Great read.

z after z all z among z apprentices z being





BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (FIC, Audiobook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Debbie, Popular Materials • Fast summer read. It was wonderful – very hard to put down, with frequent surprise turns. I was sad when it was finished. Premise: Organism from deep space on the ocean floor.

CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith (MYS, Ebook, Audiobook, Audio ebook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • Another great mystery written under J. K. Rowling’s pen name. I love the character Robin even more after finding out more of her backstory and the way she was able to protect herself. There were some parts that felt slow in the middle, but it really picked up at the end. I loved the way the mystery was solved, and I am left dying to know what is next for Cormoran and Robin.

CLAIMING NOAH by Amanda Ortlepp (FIC)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Debbie, Popular Materials • A new author is always exciting. CLAIMING NOAH is very hard to put down. It’s a suspense novel that explores when science and motherhood collide.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Judi, Reference Services

DARK ROAD HOME by Anna Carlisle
★ ★ ★ ★ Debbie, Popular Materials • This is her first novel and it will be interesting to see what she writes about next! Ginny needs to solve a 16 year old murder mystery. The victim may be her sister. Good read.

z beyond z career z claimingz darkz dark road




by Pam Muñoz Ryan (JFIC, Audiobook, Audio ebook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services

EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR by E. K. Johnston (YAFIC, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • An interesting YA novel dealing with rape. It wasn’t a very fun read and I have a few issues with the way the story was told. Still, an important topic not often dealt with in YA books, and this one isn’t too bad.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • I absolutely loved this book. It chronicles the life of Ivy Rowe, who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains. It is written as letters from Ivy to her family and friends, from the time she is 12 until her death. She never left the county where she was born, but she loved many and lost many. Ivy had a hard live, but a good one. She saw two wars, electricity come, and coal mining take over. I was sobbing by the end.

THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly (FIC, MYS, Audiobook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services

FOOL ME ONCE by Harlan Coben (FIC, Ebook, Audiobook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services

z echo z exit z fair z fifth z fool





GEORGE by Alex Gino (JFIC, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services •  A good book for kids on an important topic. I would recommend this to kids, or even adults, who are wondering what it is like to be transgender or who want to know more.

GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier (JGN)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • I loved this graphic novel about ghosts and el Dia de los Muertos. The main character is a skeptic, but by the end she is drawn in by the magic. Her little sister is sick with cystic fibrosis. This is a heartwarming book that kids of all ages will enjoy. Plus great art!

THE GODS OF GUILT by Michael Connelly (FIC, Audiobook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION  by Lin-Manuel Miranda (792 M672, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • Required reading for any Hamilton fan.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by Jack Thorne (822.92 T511, Ebook)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Gloria, Technical Services • Awesome!

z george z ghosts z gods z hamilton z harry





HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Anne Marie Rodgers (IF)
★ ★ ★ ★ April, Circulation Services

THE HOME GAME by Martha Bolton (IF)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ April, Circulation Services • Excellent Amish-style prodigal son story. I enjoyed it very much.

INFOMACRACY by Malka Older (SF)
★ ★ ★ Marianne, Circulation Services • Perfect for political junkies with a tech slant.The world’s governments are made up of centenals, blocks of 100,000 people, and whoever holds the most centenals holds the supermajority. And it’s an election year! Throw in some conspiracy theories, a bomb or two, and a global Internet crashes the voting begins, and you have a nice poli-thriller.

THE LAKE HOUSE by Kate Morton (FIC, Ebook, Audiobook, Large Print)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Pat, Circulation Services

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (FIC, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Carmen, Young People’s Services • Tears and feels as only Rainbow Rowell can do! Great book!
z home z home gamez info z lake z land





LAST ONE by Alexandra Oliva (FIC)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Debbie, Popular Materials • This is a book that you will want to savor. Too exciting to put down! Who will be The Last One?

THE LAST STAR by Richard Yancey (YAFIC, Ebook, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Cheryl, Young People’s Services • This is the last story in THE FIFTH WAVE series. Are the aliens really still on the planet – or are those who think they are aliens simply brainwashed into believing they are?

★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • A fun end-of-the-world young adult romance. An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and child genius Yuri is invited from Russia to help NASA come up with a plan to stop it. While in California, Yuri meets quirky Dovie and her hippie family. Of course, the two fall in love. I loved the scenes when Yuri visits Dovie’s American high school and takes her to the prom, and the tension about the asteroid kept me wondering how it would all turn out.

LEAVING EVERYTHING MOST LOVED (a MAISIE DOBBS novel) by Jacqueline Winspear (MYS, Audiobook)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • Book #10 in a fantastic historical mystery series. This one might be one of my favorites. Maisie is called on to investigate the murder of an indian woman at a time in her life she is thinking of traveling to India. I loved all the details about Indian spices and saries and what life was like for Indian women in 1930s London. Orlagh Cassidy was was excellent as narrator, once again, even with the Indian accents.

THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge (YAFIC, Ebook)
★ ★ ★ ★ Allison, Young People’s Services • It was slow to start, but got better. I liked the themes of feminism and women’s roles in Victorian England. I also enjoyed the mystery aspect. Faith is a very interesting, complex character. I was a little disappointed in the story line with the tree, but, oh, well.

z last z last star z learning z leaving z lie



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