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Rules:

All adults (ages 18+) are welcome to join. You do not need to be a Summit resident.

Register at the Reference Desk or online

Registration begins Saturday, June 17, 2017. You may register at any time during the summer.

Read! Read books on any subject (fiction or non-fiction) in any language. They don’t have to be library books.

For each book you read, fill out a book review form. Please rate the book (1-5 stars). If you wish, write a short review on the back. The book reviews will be placed in a binder so other people can get reading suggestions.
The bottom part of each review form will go into the prize entries box at the Reference Desk. After Labor Day, slips will be drawn randomly for the prizes.

You must be registered in the Adult Summer Reading Program to be eligible for a prize.

Book reviews/entry slips must be submitted to the Reference Desk by 9:00 PM on August 31, 2017. The drawing will be held after Labor Day. Winners will be notified by email or telephone.

Prizes provided through the generosity of Starbucks, The Connection, Chipotle in New Providence, and the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library.

Limit one (1) prize per person.
Reviews
Title
La viajera del tiempo
Author
Lorena Franco
Review
Finalist in the 2016 Indie Authors Contest.
Well written and intriguing. The story is told by the two main characters in their own version.
I enjoyed reading it but the end was a bit cheesy.
Rating
4
Title
I know why the caged Bird sings
Author
Maya Angelou
Review
Example of a hard and poor starting life but how with love and support you can get a better future and better version of you.
Rating
4
Title
Etched in Sand
Author
Regina Calcaterra
Review
Heartbreaking. I love a memoir, and this one was beautifully written. Difficult to read but also inspiring
Rating
4
Title
Furiously Happy
Author
Jenny Lawson
Review
I was disappointed in Furiously Happy, especially after I a been given a glowing recommendation from a friend. Lawson uses short, personal essays to explain her struggles with mental illness. There are certainly memorable portions of the book, but for the most part it falls flat. Lawson tries with great enthusiasm to make jokes that her readers will find quirky and fun. The obsession with Rory and her other taxidermy animals is not endearing. I think Lawson's diehard fans will love this book, but I'd advise others to take caution.
Rating
2
Title
White Fur
Author
Jardine Libaire
Review
I loved this book. Jamey and Elise's relationship is tumultuous and unbelievably magic.
Rating
5
Title
The Good Girl
Author
Mary Kyubica
Review
Such a twist ending!! Loved it. Kept me guessing the whole time. Love that no character is purely good or purely evil.
Rating
5
Title
All the Light we Cannot See
Author
Anthony Doerr
Review
I'm a fan of Anthony Doerr, so I was curious to read this novel. Since All the Light we Cannot See won the Pultizer Prize, I knew it would be worth my time. I enjoyed the detail with which Doerr described the little town Marie-Laure's father built for her. There is precision in his language. The plot is engaging and heart-wrenching. A must-read for all literature lovers!
Rating
5
Title
Mockingbird Songs My Friendship with Harper Lee
Author
Wayne Flynt
Review
If you loved To Kill a Mockingbird this is a must read. Wayne Flynt shares his letters from Harper Lee. You will get to know another side of this reclusive author.
Rating
5
Title
The Girl Before
Author
JP Delaney
Review
So creepy, so compelling. The end felt a little long, but overall I enjoyed it!
Rating
5
Title
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Author
Teresa Toten
Review
This is one of my favorite fiction books that I have read that center around mental illness. I thought it was extremely well-written and it brings light to a topic that is often overlooked. While it dedicates the attention and seriousness that OCD and other mental illnesses deserve, the book also offers a humorous and lighter tone as well. I loved that it also brought in aspects of "normal" teenage behaviors and feelings and well that any reader could relate to from one point in their lives or another.
Rating
5