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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
The Lavender Garden
Author
Lucinda Riley
Review
I've really enjoyed this authors other books (Seven Sister Series.) This one was not my favorite. While the story was interesting, and I couldn't wait to see what happened, her main character seemed incredibly naive, to the point where it became unbelievable. The historical fiction narrative was good, but the modern day events left a bit to be desired. Try one of her other novels.
Rating
2
Title
This is Where I Leave You
Author
Jonathan Tropper
Review
Heartbreaking and real.
Rating
4
Title
The Girls
Author
Emma Cline
Review
Great book about growing up, changing identity, and finding yourself. Loved it.
Rating
5
Title
Beyond the Bright Sea
Author
Lauren Wolk
Review
This is a children's book but it is great! Lauren Wolk has written a real page turner. Crow is an orphan who drifted (yes drifted by boat) into Osh's life. She wants to know where she came from. This is her journey of discovering her past.
Rating
5
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
The Empty Chair
Author
Beryl S. Glover
Review
I think this book could be useful for anyone dealing with a death, regardless of it is was a suicide or not. It helped me to navigate through the grief process and also understand that everyone handles death in different ways. I personally think everyone should read this book because there is insight into how to help a grieving individual whether it be yourself, a family member or a friend, and it helps you understand that grieving takes place at its own pace; it isn't something you can rush.
Rating
5
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
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
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
Death at La Fenice
Author
Donna Leon
Review
I had heard that Donna Leon had a good series of mystery books that take place in Venice. I had recently been in Venice and I thought it would be a nice way to revisit one of my favorite places. The book was OK for a summer read,but I prefer something a little more meaty.
Rating
3