Summer Reader Reviews

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"Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett
Book 1 of trilogy. Pages 985. Not a fast read, great. will reread again heavy on history.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Audrey

"Gump & Co." by Winston Groom
Rating: 3 splats ~ Helen

"Shots Fired" by C.J. Box
Box can always depend on to write great stories.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Helen

"Forest Gump" by Winston Groom
Good story, but I liked the movie better. It was guite different from the book.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Helen

"Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends" by Bruce Fisher
Practical steps and realistic to what you probably will experience going through a divorce.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Amanda

"The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans
Seems very real like it could have actually happend. He meets such interesting people along his journey.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Amanda

"The Rent Collector" by Cameron Wright
Read the whole book in a weekend, such a different way of life.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Amanda

"The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" by Elizabeth Kolbert
Scientists accept that 5 major extinctions have occurred on earth in the last 500 million years. In an engaging and readable book, Elizabeth Kolbert explains how the idea of extinction (loss of a species) was developed and what is known about these 5 major extinctions. However, the main focus of her book is the "Sixth Extinction" that many believe is happening now due to human activity. If you are interested in understanding human impact on our natural environment, this is an excellent book.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Patricia

"The Drop" by Michael Connelly
Great story and writing sytle.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Annie

"Driven" by Donald Driver
A must read for any Packers fan to understand difficulty football players go through to acheive their goals only to be cut.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Audrey

"Way Station" by Clifford D. Simak
A Wisconsin born writer praises his landscape and invents a new theme in science fiction.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Robert

"Under the Distant Sky" by Al and Joanna Lacy
Heart touching, number 1 in "Fort Bridger" series.
Raing: 5 splats ~ Katalin

"Ullr Uprising" by H. Beam Piper
Ullr Uprising is reproduced from a rare 1952 Twayne triplet. The science fiction novel drowns in military detail but the details are carefully worked out, consistent and add to the realism. Contains Piper's thinking on nuclear war. Hopefully he's wrong.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Robert

"Old Yeller" by Fred Gibson
No matter how many times I read this book, I still find it endearing. The love hate relationship between the brothers reminds me of my childhood with my own brothers.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Jeanie

"Skirmish" by Clifford D. Simak
Simak explains his writing style by explaining his humanity: one of the better "Best Of" collections.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Robert

"A Simple Spring" by Rosalind Lauer
Sadie's parents were killed. She comes from a fmily of a lot of brothers and sisters. Amish are hard workers. Sadie loves to sing.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Darla

"The Wind is Not a River" by Brian Payton
The Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands was the only WWII battle fought on American soil. This novel follows John, a journalist who is shot down on the Aleutian Island of Attu, and his wife. Helen, who is determined to find him.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Susan

"Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients" by Ben Goldacre
Have you ever wondered about the TV ads for drugs? It is only one part of the marketing methods used by pharmaceutical companies. If you want a better understanding of problems in the system that led up to you getting that prescription and solutions to improve that system, this is a book you should read.
Rating: 5 splats

"Two for the Dough" by Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is a jewel. Her character Stephanie Plum does almost everything wrong, and still gets her bad guy!
Rating: 4 splats ~ Darlene

"Mr. Mercedes" by Stephen King
I thought it was a really good book . Had a lot of depth and character. Very well written.
Rating: D.M.

"No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith
Light easy read.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Mary

"Herbie's Game" by Timothy Hallinan
This is the latest in the Junior Bender series. Junior is an "honest" burglar in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, his fellow crooks are not always as honest as he is. This is a perfect book for a summer afternoon.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Susan

"Animal, vegetable, miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver
Her family's adventures of living off the land for a year. Includes recipes. Rather preachy about eating locally.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Dorothy

"Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett
Listened to this on CD. The writing is so beautiful, it's like a song. You don't want the book to end. My favorite!
Rating: 5 splats ~ Kim

"Virtual Unreality: Just because the internet told you how do you know it's true" by Charles Seife
Quick but interesting read. Charles Seife, a New York University Professor of Journalism, does an excellent job of explaining how the internet has affected access to reliable information. If you have ever wondered shether Wikipedia is reliable, why the quality of our news has bone downhill, what the future of book publishing is, or how to maintain your privacy and safety on the web. this is a great book to read.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Patricia

"Summer Breeze" by Catherine Anderson
Great summer reading
Rating: 5 splats ~ Gloria

"Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
Young love-family drama, secrets brings you back to high school, first love. Author extremely powerful writer.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Nicole

"The Story Teller" by Jodi Picoult
Extremely thought provoking, addresses Holocaust in novel format and from both survivor and officer perspectives.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Nicole

"Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers
One of the best books I have ever read in my life!
Rating: 5 splats ~ Shawn

"The Last Enchantments" by Charles Finch
25 year old Will Baker is an American grad student at Oxford for a year. He leaves behind his long-time girlfriend, Alison, who wants him to return to the U.S. In the meantime, Will meets Sophie, who cannot decide who she loves, or indeed, if she loves anyone. The book explores relationships, feelings, and what is important!
Rating: 4 splats ~ Susan

"The Ladies of Garrison Gardens" by Louise Schaffer
It's fun to read a story line about a nice woman who finds the courage to make it in a male dominated setting. She made a change to benefit the community.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Janice

"Talon of the Silver Hawk" by Raymond Fiest
This book bot me started in the awesome saga's that Raymond Fiest writes. This is a good one!
Rating: 5 splats ~ Shawn

"Robert Silberberg's Worlds of Wonder" by Robert Silverberg
Silverberg explains what's good in the styles of other science fiction writers and how he came to write it.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Robert

"Fair is the Rose" by Liz Curtis Higgs
Set in the Scottish Highlands, this is a beautiful and heartwrenching love story.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Shawn

"The Tender Bar" by J.R. Moehringer
An excellent example of how a poor boy from New York was raised by his mother amidst the turmoil of a disfuntional family that were forced to live with. Through it all he graduated from Yale and ended up at the L.A. Times.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Kathy

"Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen
Can't wait for "Skink-no surrender".
Rating: 5 splats ~ Ellen

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
Great character development. Easy to follow story line captures your attention.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Teri

"Lake News" by Barbara Delinsky
Rumors and false accusations are picked up by news media and threaten to ruin a life intermingled with personal family relationships. Keeps you turning the pages.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Lola

"The fault in our stars" by John Green
Excellant view of cancer patients and family and friends. Young love is tender and sweet.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Ellen

"Missing You" by Harlan Coben
A thriller involving two mysteries 1. Who killed a cop 18 years ago 2. Why are people who use a dating website disappearing?
Rating: 5 splats ~ Karen

"Dragonwing" by Lawrence Yep
An 8 year old Chinese boy comes to live in U.S. with his father. Life among the "demons" (us) gradually is easier.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Dorothy

"Stories I only tell my friends" by Rob Lowe
Surprisingly good! Entertaining!
Rating: 5 splats ~ Kim

"White Fire" by Preston & Child
Another fun mystery thriller with Agent Pendergast. This time the story incorporates Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde with a bit of Sherlock Holmes woven in to shed light on the case. Although at times the protegee Corrie appeared weak and foolish. She did have some strenths that added to the story. Recommended if you like old mining stories with a bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Nicole

"Night Broken" by Patricia Briggs
The latest in the Mercy Thompson series. Doesn't disappoint. Plenty of action and intrique for guys and emtional/romance for girls. Mercy is a strong female heroine who never backed doen even when she should.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Tina

"China Dolls" by Lisa See
Grace, Helen & Ruby, three Chinese-Americans, meet in San Francisco in 1938 and become fast friends. Then the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, and their friendship is threated by betrayal. Narrated in first person by each, we learn how they survive the war years and beyond.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Susan

"Sing Little Sack" by Nina Jaffe
Folktale from Puerto Rico: a little is captured and made to sing. Mother finds and villages take revenge.
Ratings: 5 splats ~ Dorothy

"Blood red" by Mercedes Lackey
Lackey has been one of my favorites since the Queen's own. This book is loosely part of the Elemental masters series and is also related to little Red Ridinghood story.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Tina

"Buckskin Border" by Les Savage, Jr.
This is a group of five stories. Enjoyed all of them.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Earl

"First love" by James Patteron
A predictable pattern with not much novelty to the storyline. Ending was forced.
Rating: 3 splats ~ Wanda

"Shotgun Lovesongs" by Nickolas Butler
A story about five friends growing up in a town very near Eau Claire, Wisconsin. One is a rock star, one a commodities broker, one a rodeo performer, one a farmer, and one the farmer's wife. Very well written.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Susan

"The target" by David Baldacci
This is the 3rd book in the Will Robie & Jessica Reel series. A number of sub-plots, all having "targets" for Robie & Reel, and other characters in the novel, are tied together by the end of the book.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Susan

"Abraham Lincoln Civil War Stories" by Joe Wheeler
One of the best books I have ever read.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Linda

"Down the Darkest Road" by Tami Hoag
Excellent. Very fast read. Keeps you guessing. Must read.
Rating: 5 splats ~ Dawn

"Before I fall" by Lauren Oliver
In my opinion kind of slow. Very disappointed with the ending.
Rating: 3 splats ~ Kristen

"Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn
This book was definetly not the happy ever after books I am used to reading. On the dark and creepy sie, but kept my attention the entire book. Really makes you think afterwards, that life is not so bad.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Kristen

"Nine Lives to Die" by Rita May Brown
This is the latest in the Sneaky Pie/Mrs Murphy mystery series. It's a good plot, especially for a summer day, but some of the dialog between and among the animals is a little lame.
Rating: 4 splats ~ Susan

"Complete Cat Care"  by Sam Atkinson
This book answered many questions for me. One needs a guide such as this then treading the uncertain waters of pet ownership.
Rating: 5 splats  ~Lisa

"The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers
How many times do you use cliches? This book lists over 2000. Learn what these mean and where they came from.
Rating: 5 splats ~Phil

"Ha! The Science of When We Laugh" by Scott Weens
A thorough, science based examination of laughter.
Rating: 4 splats ~Tom

"What Makes Olga Run" by Bruce Grierson
Why does Olga enjoy living life in her 90's? She is nice to others, eats veggies from her garden, wins medals running, jumping, throwing. She's amazing! She has a strong faith, open to learning, rests 8 hours.
Rating: 5 splats ~Janice

"You're Not You" by Michelle Wildgen
The relationship between a college age caregiver and her patient with ALS. Set in Madison. Wildgen is from Madison. Great Book!
Rating: 4 splats ~Jen

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
Gives you a good idea of what it was like to be "help" in the 1960's in the south. Very good book!
Rating: 4 splats ~Chelsea

"Doc Holliday's Woman" by Jane Candia Coleman
Excellent! Have enjoyed all of theis author's books.
Rating: 5 splats ~Earl

"The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson
A very good book
Rating: 5 splats

"To Hell and Back" by Audey L. Murphy
Wow! What an amazing story. I was highly impressed. The youngest and not so big Texan was most decorated WWII vet.
Rating: 5 splats ~Linda

"Missing You" by Harlan Coben
Have liked all his books, but this one is overkill. Not only is the beloved Irish policeman, her father murdered but he has had a secret love for years, a black transgender man.
Rating: 2 splats ~Helen

"You'll Get Through This" by Max Lucado
If you feel that life just couldn't get any worse, before you lose hope, read this perfectly timed, easy to read book. I couldn't put it down. I felt such peace afterwards despite the knowledge that every struggle in our life has a purpose. To make us stronger. We are never alone, God loves us all.
Rating: 5 splats ~Nicole

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer
Good mix of romance, history and suspense.
Rating: 4 splats

"Blessings" by Elise Juska
Told from the viewpoint of the entire family, one chapter at a time. Blessings is riveting. It feels like these people are related to you. A true page turner.
Rating: 5 splats ~Melanie

"Food Rules" by Michael Pollan
Great way to get someone thinking about the food we eat. Perfect for anyone who is looking to start changing their eating habits.
Rating: 5 splats ~Chelsy

"A Good American Story" by Alex George
Classic story of a hard working immigration family"
Rating: 4 splats ~Vicki

"The Healing" by Jon O'Dell
Unbelievable female narrative written by a male. Story of slave transition. Interesting story with a few surprizes. Well written and worth reading.
Rating: 4 splats ~Vicki

"Sweetest hallelujah" by Elaine Hussen
I enjoyed reading until the end. They overdid it with being so goody goody.
Rating: 3 splats ~Melissa

"The Supremes at Earls All You Can Eat" by Edward Kelsey Moore
If you enjoyed the Ya Ya Sisterhood, you'll love this funny, heartfelt story. Surprisingly, it was written by a male with a female narrative. Well done!
Rating: 4 splats ~Vicki

"Walking on Water" by Richard Paul Evans
A fun and quick read, with a great message! I loved all the books in the series and I am sad to have finished it.
Rating: 5 splats ~Anne-Marie

"The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty
Excellent book-would and have recommended this to others. Couldn't put it down.
Rating: 5 splats ~Mary Jo

"I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban"
Shocking, somber but also admirable. A remarkable young woman.
Rating: 5 splats ~Janice

"The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin
A.J. Fikry owns a bookstore that is failing, his wife died, and his sister in law does her best to recue him. Then baby Maya arrives on his doorstep!
Rating: 5 splats ~Susan

"A Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore
Tassie is a student at a southern university in Wisconsin, looking for a job as a nanny. Sarah hires her-only Sarah does not yet have a child. Terrorists, deaths, family dynamics and a trip to Green Bay-all play a part!
Rating: 4 splats ~ Susan