At last June is here–we are enjoying beautiful weather and only wish we could save some and bottle it up for winter!
This wonderful time known far and wide as Summer Reading is upon us. This year I’m running a summer reading program for adults at the library. It tickles the ‘grown-ups’ to think that they can participate like the kids. I’ve had a lot on interest in a Brown Bag Picnic for Booklovers which is scheduled for July 9th. All are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch and a favorite book to talk about.
The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert is a new novel written by a Wisconsin author who lives in Cedarburg. We have a lot of wonderful authors in our state and some promising new voices. Mary Rickert is one of these. Memory Garden is a whimsical story of an orphaned girl, Bay, who is raised by Nan, a woman old enough to be her grandmother, on whose doorstep she was left in a shoe box shortly after her birth. Nan plants a magical garden in old discarded shoes which is admired by many a passer by Each chapter in the book begins with a plant description which relates to events within that chapter. When Nan’s friends from her past arrive on her doorstep for a reunion, there are many secrets revealed and lives are changed. I found this to be an enchanting and interesting story!
Prayer by Philip Kerr is one of the scariest things I’ve read in a long time! So–if you like a little bit of terror, this one is for you! This is an intense psychological thriller about an FBI ‘domestic terrorism’ agent in Houston who is having a crisis of faith and problems in his marriage to a former attorney who is a devout member of a Texas megachurch. When a serial killer terrorizing the morally righteous turns out to have religious motivation, the case becomes defined as domestic terrorism, and agent Martins becomes involved. Whether dealing with the Left or the Right, Martins can’t escape the power of God and murder.
Summer House With Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch, was a disappointment to me. Koch lives in Amsterdam, and his widely acclaimed, The Dinner, was published in twenty five countries. I looked forward to finding what all the fuss was about. Swimming Pool is set in a vacation area of the Mediterranean where Dr. Marc Schlosser, his wife, and two beautiful teenage girls have gone on vacation. They run into the actor,Ralph Meier, one of Schlosser’s patients, and agree to share the Meier’s vacation space–the summer house with pool. There are incidents of romantic intrigue, moral dilemmas, and in the end, one of the main characters ends up dead. I felt unsatisfied with the ending, because too many issues were left unresolved.
Landline by Rainbow Powell was a bit of a disappointment to me. It is at the top of the list from “Library Reads” which are recommendations chosen by librarians. It does have a element of time travel, but it all seemed a little silly to me–sort of a romantic comedy. If you like that sort of story, this one might be appealing.
That Night, a newly released psychological thriller by Chevy Stevens, is quite a page turner! It deals with the issue of bullying. It is about a young woman and her boyfriend being accused and convicted of killing the young woman’s sister. Many of the scenes take place in prison. After many years in prison, Toni is released on parole and continues to be bullied. She and her boyfriend set out to find out who really killed Nicole. It may not be the greatest writing, but it kept my attention. I think that it would appeal to those who liked Gone Girl.
As I complete this post today, it’s hard to believe that June is almost over! I hope that all you readers are enjoying a wonderful summer with lots of good summer reading!