Patron Reviews

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The Eyre Affair

Review written by: Katie M.
5

A Literary Detective named Thursday Next takes the leading role in this novel set in England in an alternative 1985 where time travel is an everyday affair and followers of French impressionism battle it out on the streets with surrealists. When characters from classic works begin to disappear, however, Thursday Next is called in to stop their kidnapper, Acheron Hades. I don't know the words to express how much I loved this book. It had everything I love in a story--great characters, a sense of humor, some alternate history to throw you off guard, copious amounts of literary allusions/discussions, a touch of time travel, and, most important, a nasty, nasty villain. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it, but I ended up reading most of it in a day. Highly, highly recommended, especially to fans of Jane Eyre (Although reading Charlotte Bronte's novel is not strictly necessary, it is beneficial to the reader to have some understanding of the characters.). Just as a side note to anyone who's bothered to read this far down, the original Jane Eyre is a good book in general. If you haven't read it yet, The Eyre Affair will probably make you want to.

By Author/Artist: Jasper Fforde
Format: Hardcover book

The Wilder Life

Review written by: Lalla Baker
5

his book is a thought provoking read for anyone that has read some or all of the "Little House" books. The author has been engrossed with the series since childhood and revisited the series as an adult. She is a children's book editor and writer and went on a tour of all the homesities and museums that have been established about the Ingalls family. This is something that I have always wanted to do so I found the book fascinating on that level. We use some of the "Little House " books in the literature curriculum of the school that I teach at it so it was also helpful on that level. The book is also thought provoking on an adult level as you read about the success and disappoinntments of the family as adults and in their later years. The author has published pictures on facebook from her trip and pictures are also available on Laura Ingalls Wilder websites.

By Author/Artist: Wendy McClure
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 81197001543913

Running Out of Time

Review written by: Floral
5

Running Out of Time is a great book about a girl named Jesse. She thinks she lives in Cliftan in 1840, but she really lives in a tourist town in 1996. this book is about when she finds out and she has to escape to save the dying children of Cliftan. This book will make your jaw drop and make you smile !

By Author/Artist: Margret Peterson Haddix
Format: paperback

The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches us all

Review written by: Janelle Maxson
2

Thought it would be more motivating and inspiring than it was. Maybe this would be better to read when I'm in a different place in my life with more opportunities for giving back. I did appreciate all of the book recommendations within the text.

By Author/Artist: Azim Jamal & Harvey McKinnon

Things Fall Apart

Review written by: Janelle Maxson
2

Not a fan of strong violence, which is very salient in this book.

By Author/Artist: Chinua Achebe

Have a little faith

Review written by: Janelle Maxson
3

Not the greatest piece of inspiriational nonfiction I've read, but I was able to get through the book quite quickly, which is a good sign for me. Made me cry at a point. I'd recommend.

By Author/Artist: Mitch Albom

dragon ball z volume 21

Review written by: kami
4

a sweet book trouble is coming for the z team and a new guy shows up at the games

By Author/Artist: akira toriyama
Format: bo0ok

Hotel for Dogs

Review written by: Anthony
4

In this book, it starts out with two pretty ordinary siblings, named Andi, 16 yrs. old and Bruce, 11 yrs. old. They’ve been in and out of foster homes for three years, hiding their dog, Friday. Friday is a Jack Russell Terrier, one of the cutest dogs ever. Friday has been hidden in alleys and old garages so that he wouldn’t be found by the dog catchers and be taken to the pound. One day, Bruce and Andi take a chance and play a prank. Bruce, in a restroom, finds a rock in his backpack to is the weight of a cell phone. He puts the rock in an empty cell phone box, puts a sheet of shrink wrap on it, and puts it under a hair dryer for the shrink wrap to seal up. Andi goes into a store and sells the rock to a man for $20.00, but the cops get them and almost put them behind bars. Then, 2 days later, Andi and Bruce were walking Friday and the cops thought they were trouble makers. Friday led them thought alleys and side streets until they got to an empty hotel, the Hotel Francis Duke. Inside the abandoned hotel, they find 2 other dogs. Bruce names one Lenny and the other Georgia. At the pet store, Andi is looking for dog food for Friday, Lenny, and Georgia when she sees a man named Dave. Andi tells a lie that her mom rescues dogs when Dave convinces her to get 3 more dogs with the names Shep, Cooper, and Romeo. Soon 3 more people start working at the hotel. Dave and Heather, from the pet store, and Mark from a grocery store. The gang makes this place a Hotel for Dogs, where they rescue strays from going to the pound, and where Bruce makes inventions to keep the dogs occupied. Finally, they get found out, Andi and Bruce have to get separated, and all of the dogs at the hotel, including Friday, got put in the pound. But in the end, Bruce and Andi’s helper, Bernie, adopts them both, and the abandoned hotel becomes a real hotel for dogs, and Bruce and Andi are allowed to visit the hotel whenever they want. So I’d suggest you read this book, Hotel for Dogs, and I hope you enjoyed my book review.

By Author/Artist: Lois Duncan
Format: Paperback

Uncommon Criminals

Review written by: Eileen R.
5

Great book! It's the sequel to Heist Society. In this one, the crew is attempting to steal a supposedly cursed emerald. Lots of twists and one VERY surprising new character. I loved it.

By Author/Artist: Ally Carter
Format: Hardcover

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Review written by: Lee
5

I had been working on reading this book since last December. I finally got around to finishing it yesterday. I have to admit, the first third or so of the book was okay. It was a little interesting, I kept reading because I heard that it got a lot better in the second half. I found that that was correct. The book has some serious themes that permeate through the novel on many different levels. Friendship, destiny, religion and faith are all major themes in the book and the themes are almost equally expressed through the characters and the plot. This was something that I found to be interesting because many times, a book is mainly a plot/event driven work or a character driven piece. Owen Meany is an irresistible character. He is a tiny boy who grows into a tiny man, his voice is in a state of "permanent scream" and he is brilliant and has unshakable faith. Irving does reveal the ending of the book in the first half of the novel, but what we gain from the other half is what leads up to the ending. In fact, the ending is kind of different from the ending that the reader is guided into predicting. The reader really gets to know Owen and his best friend John (the narrator). Also, you really have to pay attention to the details because it seems that every little thing has some kind of significance. This is probably one of my favorite books so far and I would really highly recommend reading it, and if you do, stick with it even though it has a bit of a slow start.

By Author/Artist: John Irving
Format: Paperback

The Fellowship of the Ring

Review written by: Lee
5

I have really been getting into sci-fi and fantasy books this summer and I began to read the classic fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings. The first book in the series, The Fellowship of the Ring, was really fantastic. The book is filled with vivid imagery and the reader can easily imagine the various landscapes that the characters travel on. The characters are interesting and are written on many levels. Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn are obvious heroes in the novel and there are also more subtle heroic traits in Sam and the other hobbits. The plot is engaging and doesn't really slow down. The book has quite a few differences from the movie, but I actually like the book more.

By Author/Artist: J.R.R Tolkien
Format: Paperback

Dune

Review written by: Lee
5

Dune was a fantastic sci-fi read! It had elements of politics and espionage blended with the alien world and its customs. The book was intriguing the whole way through, there was never a dull moment. Paul is a teenage boy with exceptional powers and he discovers that he has a huge destiny to fulfill on this new alien world Arrakis. I really enjoyed the book and I have started to read the next few books in the series, I would highly recommend Dune to everyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy books.

By Author/Artist: Frank Herbert
Format: Paperback

Jane Austen: An Education

Review written by: Cynthia Ho
4

As a lover of Austen's wonderful novels, I decided to read Mr. Deresiewicz's personal analysis on six of Austen's novels. He introduces each chapter with his life experiences (some rather humorous and some depressing) and discusses how each of Austen's novel has inspired him to grow emotionally around others and to cherish the things which are really important. The reading and language was concise and easy to read. Readers can still understand his analysis without having read any of Austen's novels since he always gives a short introduction of each book. I learned how inquisitive Jane Austen was and picked up some valuable lessons from Mr. Deresiewicz's writing as well. Overall, it was delightful.

By Author/Artist: William Deresiewicz
Format: Hardcover

Hopeless Savage: greatest hits 2000-2010.

Review written by: Hauwa Abbas
4

I thought the book was really intersting ,it was about a family who loves rock and music, the parents are orginally punk rock stars from the past, and now they have 4 kids ; Rat , Aresenal, Twitch, and zero and yes these are their real names. The book just shows a normal day in their lifes, which isnt exactly normal!

By Author/Artist: Van Meter , Jan

Quicksilver

Review written by: Sara Kalt
4

I really liked this installment of the Arcane Society. It was nice to take a bit of a break from the Jones family and hear a bit more about the Coldwaters and the Bridewell clock creations. I liked the characters in this book a lot - Virginia Dean is the typical strong, independent woman. Her friendship with Charlotte was entertaining too. I was not expecting a few of the twists in this story - it kept me on my toes. Now I'm caught up with the series though and have to wait.

By Author/Artist: Amanda Quick
Format: Hardcover

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