Posted by: HOUCV | 08/19/2013

Summer Reading: Not Just For Kids

Most of you probably identify the library’s summer reading program as solely for kids. Yes, this is true in large part – all of the Houston County Public Libraries work very hard to ensure your child has lots of activities to keep them busy and reading all summer. This does 2 things: 1) it keeps you the parent from having to hear the constant “I’m bored” and “mom, mom, mom…!” routine since the library has wonderful kid’s programming all summer long, and 2) it helps your child learn to appreciate reading and stay on track for the coming school year. But we don’t want to leave out our adults, because… well, we know you like reading too!


All those bright green slips displayed at the Centerville Library are our wonderful adult patrons who love to read and don’t mind letting the whole world know about it! They have registered for our adult summer reading program and have been submitting reviews. Each time a review is turned in, they get to put their name in a drawing for fun prizes at the conclusion of the program.

9780316211222_p0_v2_s260x420These reviews are a great way for you to get an advanced 411 on what could possibly be your next great read. Other folk’s reading experiences can let you know, “hmm… that sounds interesting,” or “well…that’s not really my style.” One of our books that have been reviewed multiple times so far is Second Honeymoon by James Patterson. Amazon provides a pretty promising review: “A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite–and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it’s anyone’s guess which happy couple is next on the list. FBI Agent John O’Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common. Second Honeymoon is James Patterson’s most mesmerizing, most exciting, and most surprising thriller ever.” However, our reviewers have the overall opinion that the book “wasn’t bad,” but “wasn’t as good as the first one either.” Have you read this book? What did you think? Maybe you should come check it out and decide it’s quality for yourself!

0743496760But not all reviews are negative – some of our patrons have thoroughly enjoyed what they’ve read so far. One such reader wrote about the book The Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty. According to Amazon, “Emma and James try everything [to conceive], from ovulation kits to in-vitro, but all their carefully laid plans seem to go south — in direct proportion to Emma’s plummeting self-esteem. And just when Emma feels she’s alienated everyone in her life …events take a ninety-degree turn that will have unforeseen consequences for everyone. With this book, Moriarty brings a wicked sense of humor to a subject of fevered concern for women today…” Our reviewer described the main character Emma as “the Irish version of Charlotte from Sex and the City, but with a little more fire!” She said that the book was “very funny” and made her “sympathize with Emma till the very end. Well done!”

Haven’t joined our adult summer reading program yet? Drop by the Centerville Library and start reading! Program runs through August 31.


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