Summer Reading Club Week 2
Each week we are asking participants in our Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading Club for adults to share thoughts on their reading. In the second week, we asked, “Write a short review of a book you recently read and enjoyed.” We’ve got lots of great reviews to share:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: One of the best books I have ever read. I’d never read it before. It’s so full and rich and so much happens to evoke this time in Alabama history.
The Racketeer by John Grisham was a book that I really enjoyed. The plot was phenomenal. It had many twists that kept me reading. I loved the characters, settings, everything. I recommend this book to all who like a good thrilling book.
Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora: Do you ever walk through an affluent neighborhood and wonder about the lives of those who live there? This is a brilliant collection of interconnected short stories examining the fascinating, bizarre and somewhat dark lives of the residents of Old Cranbury, Connecticut. I didn’t know if I should shake my head or laugh at the characters, but did know that I wanted to keep reading.
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich: As usual, it was a fun, fast read with Stephanie Plum again getting into trouble trying to find a patient who disappeared from the hospital and helping her friend Ranger out with security, to a disastrous end.
The Passage by Justin Cronin: The first of an apocalyptic trilogy of stories. An engaging book that follows a child, Amy, through a difficult childhood and an even more difficult tween period. Also follows 11 death row prisoners who are given a second chance to help society. Excellent story.
Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty: I enjoyed the plot and characters. This book nicely combined mystery with interesting character development. Set in Australia, it was a great summer read.
The Martian by Andy Weir; Not only great Sci-Fi, but great reading. The reader is along for the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars when a storm happens and his colleagues think he’s dead. Read it before it comes to the cinema later this year!
The Courtesan Duchess by Joanna Shupe; Joanna is South Orange’s Danielle Steele. I loved the love and intrigue. It was fun to read. It makes you feel good.
The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses; This book gives the background and subsequent struggles of 4 college roommates and their issues with family and struggles with body image. Written in an accessible, interesting manner. Highly readable.
A History of Loneliness by John Boyne; This was a great look at the evolution of priests within the Catholic Church in Ireland. It seemed unbiased and unfolded slowly. It was haunting.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a real page turner and well written. (The author) cleverly overlaps the husband’s and wife’s narratives and surprises the reader at nearly every turn.
Privilege: A Reader by Kimmel and Ferber; I thought this book was relatable and accessible for readers from different backgrounds. The book also provides questions after each chapter to make (you) think and hopefully learn to look at the whole through a different lens.
Something Great by M. Clarke; A great story about a couple (who) overcame their fears of being different; (she) from a middle class family and he from a rich, self-made family. They get through all obstacles that threaten to break them apart. It’s a page turner; you will not be bored.
A Love Supreme: Real Life Stories of Black Love by TaRessa and Calvin Stovall is a great book. I liked this book because it has different stories from happily married black couples. The ups and downs, the good and bad. I learned more about people who are married. The book has a story about General Colin Powell, who is my hero, and how he met his wife, Amy, on a blind date.