Summer reading: Reviews from readers at the Central Library

Once by Cameron Dokey
An intricate collection of fairy tales that leave you questioning how the ones you grew up with could be true. A wonderful writer who helps give a second childhood. ~ Autumn

Dropped Names by Frank Langella
This guy’s first book? Wow! Great insight to some very famous people told with insight and believability. ~ Steve

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts
This story should be a sequel to The Help. She was an Oscar winner from Gone with the Wind; suffered gravely as a black female. ~ Marguerite Continue reading “Summer reading: Reviews from readers at the Central Library”

Summer Reading: More Reviews from Ballard Readers

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
O’Brien is drafted to go to war and he changes from an innocent adolescent to a war-hardened veteran.  ~ Amy

To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal
This story dealt with coming of age and the main crossroads that change a life.  It made me think about love, loyalty and family, and wonder about different directions my life might have taken.                 ~ Barbara

The Ha-Ha by Dave King
This is a graceful, measured debut novel both sad and funny. The plot circles around a middle-aged Vietnam Vet, unable to speak, read or write due to head injuries suffered in the war. When Sylvia, the ex-high school girlfriend Continue reading “Summer Reading: More Reviews from Ballard Readers”

Summer Reading: Reviews from Rainier Beach Readers

Identity: Your Passport to Success by Stedman Graham
It’s Chicken Soup for the Soul meets a motivational roadmap. The concepts are all familiar but presented in a compelling way. ~Arleen

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
This futuristic sci-fi novel will enthrall audiences of most ages. Matt, the young clone of the wealthiest, most ruthless drug lord of opium, endures hardship and adventure as he learns more about the world around him. ~Nathan

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Easy summer read. The story is intriguing, mostly for women. Leaves you dissatisfied at the end. ~ Stacey

The Next American Revolution by Grace Lee Boggs
According to the 95 year-old author, Americans consume much of the world’s resources. Therefore, Americans should learn to live simple so others around the world can just LIVE. ~ Betty

Defending Jacob by William Landay
Suspenseful and bad. A reality which could happen to any family. It is sensitive and shows the faith of family. ~ Kathy

What are you reading this summer? Sign up online for our summer reading program for adults — or drop by a branch and fill out a quick review form. For each three books you read and review, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Kindle. We have 20 Kindles to give away to teen and adult readers this summer!

Summer reading: Reviews from readers at our Southwest branch

Feed by Mira Grant
Loved it!!! Couldn’t put it down. The zombies are here to stay. Bloggers saved the day and are here to stay also. A sci-fi with drama and action. ~ Trudy

The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter
This book really brings together an odd assortment of characters. You are reminded not to judge a book by its cover. It made me laugh and cry. ~ Darcie

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
There is a story here if you can get by the really juvenile writing. I just couldn’t love this book but was willing to see if it could get better. ~ Sarah

War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine by Don Keith
This is the story of the Billfish submarine in combat with an incompetent captain who almost killed the crew. A young lieutenant took over and led the crew to safety. ~ Marty

The Girl in Blue by P.G. Wodehouse
Love Jeeves and Wooster? The author brings the same sense of humor to a new set of characters. Find out who gets the girl in blue. ~ Wendy

What are you reading this summer? Sign up online for our summer reading program for adults — or drop by a branch and fill out a quick review form. For each three books you read and review, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Kindle. We have 20 Kindles to give away to teen and adult readers this summer!

Summer reading: Book suggestions from readers at our International District/Chinatown branch

语录,听其言也:乔志高

这是了解美国文化的一本好书。不仅介绍语言,更介绍了背景知识及中美文化差异。文笔老道犀利,为语言学习者的优良参考书。

大冰河: 乔良

乔良 是一位优秀的军旅作家。他的这本小说集从不同的角度反映了当代军人的风采。尤其是“大冰河”这篇中篇小说, 通过一次救灾,显示的不仅是军人的力量,更显示了他们的情怀和勇于牺牲。