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Adult Summer Reading Contest

For Readers Ages 17 & Up

The Contest Begins June 12th, 2017

The Contest Ends August 25th, 2017



What to Do For Your Book Reviews

Summer reading participants are asked to write BRIEF book reviews, each of which counts as an entry in a prize drawing. The more reviews you submit, the more chances you have to win!
Submissions can be Adult or Young-Adult, Fiction, Graphic Novels or Non-Fiction. NO children’s titles, please!


Please Include:

A BRIEF description of the book..... One to two paragraphs. What’s it about?
Did you like the book...Why or why not? Would you recommend it to others?
You may also include: Are there similar authors or titles others might like? Have you liked other works by the author?

Please do not include:

Spoilers! Please do not reveal crucial plot elements
Children’s books
Profanity, obscenities, or spiteful remarks
Phone numbers, mailing addresses, or URLs

The library reserves the right to edit or remove reviews that do not follow these guidelines.

If you participated in our Winter Reading Contest you will have to create a new profile with a new user name and password for the Summer Reading Contest. All participants’ records are deleted shortly after the conclusion of the contests each season.

You could be the lucky winner of one of many prizes including the

Grand Prize…
An AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HDX
Or a $25 Amazon Gift Card awarded to each library branch winner
Winners will be notified by email or telephone after Friday September 8th, 2017.

Reviews
Review
This is the second book I've read in the series featuring art expert/restorer and Israeli Intelligence Agent Gabriel Allon. Gabriel is brought out of retirement to investigate the murder surrounding the theft of a Rembrandt painting. Like the other book in the series that I read, it ties into the Holocaust and Switzerland's role in abetting the Nazis. The book is fast paced and suspenseful. I cared about the characters, and it is a good sign of a book when I start rooting for ancillary characters to make it out of precarious situations. I now have two more Silva's on the books-to-be-read table (just checked them out). I'm looking forward to reading them.
Title
The Rembrandt Affair
Author
Daniel Silva
Rating
4
Review
The primary reason I even picked up the book in the library is that I read an interview with Jane Green in the Sunday NY Times Book Review and I liked what she had to say. The book can be classified as "chick lit," and, given that caveat, it was better than I expected. Jemima is extremely overweight at the beginning of the novel. All the thin people in the novel are gorgeous (not true in real life). She eats for comfort but imagines what it would be like to be thin. Jemima discovers on the Internet along with her coworkers, the thin and glamorous Geraldine, and Ben, whom Jemima has a crush on. Through the Internet, Jemima meets Brad, and, when they decide to meet up - he lives in LA and she lives in London - Jemima sets out on a course to lose weight. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so that I won't reveal any more plot details. The book speaks of love: romantic love and love of your body. Being thin doesn't necessarily bring happiness. Jemima needs to learn how to accept herself. For that alone, and as someone who understands the issues surrounding body image, I recommend this book for those of you who would like some light reading.
Title
Jemima
Author
Jane Green
Rating
3
Review
This is by far the best book on writing that I've ever read. His writing style is stellar. A flair for language, wit, solid information, and good reminders to write tight prose prevail. In this era of over-information and under-communication, this book is the real deal.
Title
Do I Make Myself Clear: Why Writing Well Matters
Author
Harold Evans
Rating
5
Review
Renee works the midnight shift as punishment for filing a sexual harassment against her supervisor. She picks up two murders to solve because the police department doesn't seem like they can be bothered to solve it. The other murder case she is led to believe that a cop is responsible for the murder. She doesn't know who to trust. Things get hairy when she is grabbed and almost killed by the killer when she gets too close to him.
Title
The Late Show
Author
Michael Connelly
Rating
4
Review
Desi Lee is smart, well-rounded, and almost perfect - but she can't do anything without a solid plan under her control and plenty of studying ahead of time. So when she decides to fall in love, she looks to the ultimate detailed guide to true love and a happy ever after - Korean dramas. Like any Korean drama worth its salt, this YA rom-com was not quite realistic, a little over the top, and pretty predictable, but a funny, heartfelt, and fun ride that's hard to put down. While in the grand scheme of things this is probably just your average YA fare, as a drama addict I found it delightful.
Title
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Author
Maurene Goo
Rating
4