We just passed the halfway mark of “Groundbreaking Reads,” the adult summer reading program here at Boyd County Public Library, and we’re thrilled with the number of participants – and all the books being read.
Since Memorial Day, 143 adults have registered for the program, and together they have written 633 book reviews.
Reviews don’t need to be lengthy – 25 words is the minimum. Some folks write much more than that, and that is fine with us.
Reviews can be submitted on the forms available at any branch, or, as most people do, just click here, and do it all online.
Adult readers receive rewards based on the number of books they read/reviews they write by Labor Day. For 5 books, you receive a shovel-shaped mint seed packet. When you read 10 books, you get a foldaway “Groundbreaking Reads” bag. At the 20-book level, the reward is a set of headphones. When adults read 25 books, we will reward them by letting them select a book or audio book of their choice (up to a $25 value), and for reading 30 books, the library will give adults a one-year family membership to the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.
But that’s not all! Each review submitted gives the person one entry in the drawing for the grand prize – a tablet computer! All rewards and prizes will be given at the Groundbreaking Party on Friday, Sept. 6, at the BCPL Main Branch.
Here is a sampling of some of the book reviews adult readers have submitted so far this summer. (reviewers names are not listed here.) As you can see, you don’t have to love the book – just write an honest review that might help someone else decide whether to read it. You can read more by clicking here.
- The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead: I almost gave this book three stars, then ended up giving it a fourth because of Adrian and Sydney. This is probably the weakest link in the series so far, but it was still a fun read that sucks you in. Mead’s fast-paced storytelling and penchant for sexual tension make you want to pick it up and not put it down.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Re-read this book after almost 50 years. It is still a good read, but I found that I liked Gatsby more than before and had more sympathy for him. Had forgotten how racist and anti-Semitic it was, though. There have been great changes for the better in society.
- Murdered in Their Beds: The History and Hauntings of the Villisca Ax Murders by Troy Taylor: This book details the story of several ax murders committed in the Midwest in the 1910s, focusing on the worst: Villisca. The murders were thought to have been committed by a serial killer who was never caught. This is a great book that outlines the mystery of one of the most horrific unsolved crimes in U.S. history.
- The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King: Another great read in Kin’s Mary Russell series. Book #10 is the follow up to The Language of Bees, and continues Sherlock and Russell’s foray into the discovery of members of their family. This journey takes them outside of England and connects them with some unusual partners for their detective pursuits.
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The great thing about Dan Brown’s books is the facts he places within the fictional story. It inspires a lot of critical thinking about what we really know about history. I really enjoyed this book, just as I had the others and the villain was a nice twist. Good job, Dan Brown.
- The Bone Lady by Mary H. Manheim: I found this book very interesting, but I am interested in anything that deals with forensics. These are true accounts of cases Ms. Manheim was involved in and helped solve by providing information about the victims. There are several photos of unidentified victims that have been created by forensic artists which are amazing.
- Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow: A sequel to “Life Support”. A lawyer, a music minister and a nurse use music therapy to try to help a comma patient. Thought provoking and faith building!
- 7 Years Younger by the editors of Good Housekeeping: I enjoyed reading the tips and suggestions on this 7-week Plan. Valuable beauty product information and diet and exercise plan – always motivating.
- Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: This highly hyped book was a big letdown. Overly stereotypical, it drags along like a lost, bad season of Gossip Girl packaged for adult consumption. Pass this one up, even if you like reading about high school drama or about misguided lives. It putters along to a huge nothing of an ending that makes you wish you had your time back that you wasted on this book.
- The Week Before the Wedding by Beth Kendrick: Great summer beach read. My first experience with this author and I must admit I was surprised. Emily was wild and spontaneous in her younger years, married her college love on a whim, but left him five months later. Then, she meets Grant, a surgeon who is perfect. Out of the blue her first husband shows up – just in time for her wedding, just in time to make her start questioning whether perfect really is perfect.