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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
All at Sea
Author
Decca Aitkenhead
Review
This is my favorite book I've read so far this summer. I love memoirs, and this is a must-read. Aitkenhead brings readers along on the worst day of her life. The reader experiences her grief process and also Aitkenhead's reflections on life and love. This book is sorrowful, devastating, hopeful and uplifting.
Rating
5
Title
Modern Romance
Author
Aziz Ansari
Review
As a millennial, I couldn't wait to read this book. It was recommended to me by a friend and did not disappoint. I didn't expect the book to have so much science behind it, but its clear Ansari worked with different experts and scientists on this book. Fans of his comedy will not be disappointed, neither will those perplexed by the strangeness that is modern dating. Anyone single--or trying to understand singles--in the time of tinder should check it out.
Rating
4
Title
The Stars are Fire
Author
Anita Shreve
Review
I felt attached to this story as a began to read because I know the setting. It was a good summer read filled with some twists and turns.
Rating
4
Title
Me Before You
Author
Jojo Moyes
Review
I like to read Moyes' books at the beach or the pool. They're quick and fun, but feel more substantial than smutty romance novels. I thought the plot moved at a successful pace in this novel, and the characters were profoundly real.
Rating
4
Title
Big Little Lies
Author
Liane Moriarty
Review
LOVED it! Perfect thriller/mystery.
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
One Day We'll All be Dead and none of This Will Matter
Author
Saachi Koul
Review
Koul's book of essays, which I will abbreviate ODWABDANOTWM, is a delight to read. She comments on what her life is like as an Indian American, and what her cultural identity means to her. I appreciate the collection for its candor, humor, and vulnerability.
Rating
4
Title
Big Little Lies
Author
Liane Moriarty
Review
Totally engaging story and can't wait to read more by this author
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
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