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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 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
The Opposite of Loneliness
Author
Marina Keegan
Review
Keegan's book of both short fiction and narrative essays is brilliant. Keegan, a graduate of Yale, was killed five days after her graduation in a car accident. Published posthumously, the collection is given a somewhat eerie feel. The fiction pieces especially are absolutely beautiful. She writes about relationships with poignant emotion.
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
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
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
Reading Beowulf:an introduction to the poem, its background, and its style
Author
Ogilvy, J. D. A.
Review

This information is strongly tied to the Sutton Hoo tutorial. This is more serious history fans. For dense material
Rating
5
Title
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Author
Sloane Crosley
Review
Crosley's book of essays is humorous and insightful. In The Pony Problem, she reveals that she collects toy horses from ex-boyfriends. She recounts a cringe-worthy tale of being a bridesmaid in an acquaintance's wedding. She experiences a medical issue. Crosley will make reads laugh and think about their own lives.
Rating
5
Title
Bad Feminist
Author
Roxanne Gay
Review
I appreciate the contemporary commentary included in this collection of essays. From Orange is the New Black to Disney fairy tales, Gay uses examples from pop culture to examine her role as a black woman in society. There are moments of insight that will make you consider your own role in the world. I thought a lot about what feminism means to me after reading this collection.
Rating
3
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
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