Irondequoit Public Library Summer Reading 2013
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Program Description
Anyone 18 years-old and above is welcome to participate in the adult summer reading program! Fill out an entry form at the library or submit a review online for each book, eBook, or audiobook you read. One title per entry. Weekly winners will be drawn each Monday and there will be a grand prize at the end of the summer. The program begins Friday, June 21st and runs through Friday, August 2nd.

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Book Reviews
Title
A Step of Faith
Author
Richard Paul Evans
Rating
Eh.
Summary
This is the fourth book in the Walk series. Alan has to recover from brain surgery and does so at home with his dad. When he gets back on the road it just seemed as though it was more of the same, where he slept, what he ate and a few short stories of the people he meets.
Enjoy?
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first ones. It seemed pretty repetitious.
Suggest?
I would only if they wanted to continue the series.
Title
Learned Optimism
Author
Martin E.P. Seligman
Rating
Good.
Summary
This book outlines easy-to-follow techniques, based upon decades of research, that can help people rise above pessimism and the depression that can result from negative thoughts.
Enjoy?
Yes. The author explains in reader friendly terms how optimism can be acquired and used to significantly improve the quality of life. The book includes simple to take tests that can indicate present levels of optimism/pessimism as well as how a reader can recognize their "explanatory style".
Suggest?
Yes. This book offers worthwhile advice to help readers manage their "self-talk", and improve their relationships with others including family, co-workers, etc.
Title
Maisie Dobbs
Author
Jacqueline Winspear
Rating
Good.
Summary
Maise Dobbs is the first in a series of books about this character. This first book introduces Maisie as a private investigator. As she is investigating her first case it brings back memories of how she became who she is. It starts out in 1929 but through flashbacks you learn Maisie's story starting at age 13.
Enjoy?
I enjoyed it because besides telling the story of Maisie and her investigation it is historical fiction and tells a bit about WWI. It also had some elements of Downton Abbey as Maisie had to go into service for a Lord and Lady.
Suggest?
I would recommend it especially if readers are interested in historical fiction.
Title
Darius & Twig
Author
Walter Dean Myers
Rating
Good.
Summary
A story about two boys. One is a super smart writer and the other is an outstanding middle-distance runner. Both are trying to navigate their lives through the world they live in - Harlem, and all of the obstacles that confront them.
Enjoy?
Yes. The story conveys how the experiences of the two boys, as well as other characters, produce a range of feelings from hope to despair.
Suggest?
Yes, I would recommend this book to both and teenagers and adults who like to read stories about authentic life experiences. Walter Dean Myers shows the benefits of realistic optimism while effectively portraying both hope and despair.