Natural Reactions: Adult Summer Reading Reviews

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By Shaileen B.

It may not be rocket science, but there’s an explosion of interest every time a participant in the Adult Summer Reading Program, “Literary Elements,” enjoys a good read. Here are examples:

Mart K. (Central Library) on The Egyptian by Mika Waltari: “Fascinating and meticulously researched historical fiction that is a wonderful insight into the age of the Pharaohs. Apparently some things never change; in the book, Gaza is subjected to a prolonged and withering siege, and Syria is under threat of foreign invasion because of the actions of its leader.”

My Horizontal LifeJessica L. (Central Library) on My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler: “If you liked Tucker Max, meet Chelsea Handler, the female version of all his crazy antics.”

Soraya C. (Central Library) on Watchmen by Alan Moore: “Very thought-provoking work about ethics and justice delivered through the unique vehicle of a graphic novel. Superb artwork, much respect to the artist for all the details in each frame!”

Mylaja N. (Govans Branch) on Junkie by Tia L. Lincoln: “This book was really good and the woman who this book is about had a lot of courage to tell such real and deep details of her life. I would recommend this book to anyone especially someone who lives in or is from Baltimore because you can relate to it in some way.”

Ethel B. (Govans Branch) on Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen: “My new favorite author. He imbues his characters with a humanity that is both appealing and striking in the age of disaffection and distancing. Entertaining and enjoyable to the last sentence. The state of Florida should make Hiaasen, their new Director Tourism.”

Jill F. (Govans Branch) on The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: “The narrator's voice is honest and true. He's a likeable character, as are many of the well-rounded other characters. Parents or teachers might be concerned about the drinking and drug use that happens in the book with relatively few consequences, but that also seemed accurate to me. Enjoyed it.”

Pamela K. (Hamilton Branch) on Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt: “Awesome for a romance novel. It’s intriguing and sexy!”

William S. (Hampden Branch) on Subversives by Seth Rosenfeld: “Great history on student radicals and history, secret FBI files, etc. Really would make an epic movie, incredible must-read.”

The MartianJenny O. (Light Street Branch) on The Martian by Andy Weir: “What a ride! The Martian is just the right sci-fi combo of actual science, comedy, and thriller. I couldn't put it down.”

Kelly M. (Light Street Branch) on Paper Towns by John Green: “This is the third John Green book I have listened to with my 12-year-old son. John Green is one of the few authors that my son wants to hear and asks to complete. For that reason alone I enjoyed this book. From my perspective there were some scenes that made me laugh out loud, that reminded me of my senior year in high school. Green did a great job tying in the high school literature that I remember reading (some I loved, some not so much).”

Andreann M. (Pennsylvania Avenue Branch) on Happy Hormones, Slim Belly by Jorge Cruise: “Just what the doctor ordered! Quick informative read and nice results!”

Ann M. (Roland Park Branch) on Crimes Against Civility by Richard M. Simms: “Sometimes the author seems to go on longer than necessary. If you are frustrated by people who think the world is their phone book, or that courtesy on the road, office, or elsewhere is for other people, you will probably appreciate his frustrated and frequently funny musings.”

The GoldfinchHolly T. (Staff) on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: “I think I read this book, I mean, I DID read it, but I certainly didn't understand a bunch of words. Tartt's ultra-rich, enormous vocabulary makes it difficult to barrel through this Dickensian, Pullitzer-winning tome. I'm sure I robbed myself of a lot of this novel's beauty by skipping over words I didn't know, but I was compelled to read for plot, to find out how it was all going to end. The ending, I'm afraid, disappointed me. I think. I probably didn't understand it. Heh.”

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