By Shaileen B.
From mermaids to dysfunctional families, from alternative medicine to The Simpsons, the participants in Groundbreaking Reads are reading their way through worlds of extraordinary variety!
If you’re 18 or older, why not join them, to become eligible to win wonderful prizes? It’s easy. Simply use our online entry form or the paper form available at your local branch to tell us what you’ve read between June 1 and August 3.
The review part of the entry form is optional, but many of our participants write marvelous reviews. Here are some from the Central Library.
Nelly G. on Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith:
Delicious! Hated for it to end. Romance without the "romance novel" feel about it.
Ina J. on TIME: Alternative Medicine by TIME Magazine et al:
My favorite section of the book is "Ten Foods You Can't Get Enough Of." Colorful pictures and good descriptions. Acupuncture is one alternative medicine therapy new to me, and in my opinion this book does a good job of explaining it.
Dominic F. on What Darkness Brings by C. S. Harris:
Nineteenth-century England is between this book's covers. Sebastian St. Cyr, Lord Devlin, tracks a killer of a foul money leader through dark poverty and the exquisite finery of royalty. A good read.
Denaca E. on Bart Simpson: Big Shot! by Matt Groening:
You can never go wrong with the Simpsons whether on television or comic book. They simply are the best and hilarious. If you love to laugh the Simpsons are just for you with borderline crude humor. It isn't too crude for teens to enjoy.
Kay C. on Love Soup by Anna Thomas:
Ms. Thomas is an excellent writer and believes that anyone can make soup. She has wonderful recipes not only for soup, but also things like hummus, cakes, coleslaw, and other side dishes to go with the soup. The recipes are vegetarian and their layouts are very user-friendly! The recipes are international in flavor and help you to learn about spices and ingredients above and beyond the norm. A must-read for those who love to cook and eat what they cook!
Laurie B. on The Woman Who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterill:
This is the ninth book in Cotterill's excellent series set in Laos in the 1970s. Start with The Coroner's Lunch. Here the finally retired Siri is asked to be on hand to verify the identity of bones that are to be dug up as directed by a medium. Siri goes to try to get advice from the medium on better communicating with the dead. An adversary from his wife's wartime past has her in his sights.
Darryl C. on Under the Dome by Stephen King:
Outstanding! An intricate masterwork easily the equal of The Stand. Perfect for a long summer read.
Lynn E. on The Mermaid's Mirror by L. K. Madigan:
Lena is a typical 15-year old teenage girl with boyfriend problems and concerns over a college boy that her best friend is dating, until one day when she finds herself sleep walking to the beach. Since this happens more than once, she becomes concerned when she also hears voices in her head summoning her to find something that she has no recollection of losing. Lena feels as if she is going crazy, and she does not know how to tell her dad and stepmom. This is a good read for young adults (I am a teacher and am always looking for books for my middle-school students) that takes the reader into the world of mermaids, a place that at least the most imaginative of us has wanted to visit. I do not want to spoil the story in case someone wants to read the book. The beginning was the best, the middle a little contrived but enjoyable in the underworld world, and the ending leaving the reader wanting a sequel.
Kathryn T. on Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake:
Teen horror book that was genuinely creepy. I can't wait for the movie to come out!
Joyce C. on Snapped 2: The Redemption by Tina Brooks McKinney:
Wow! A dysfunctional family breeds the ultimate dysfunction. Two estranged brothers—one of whom manages to impregnate the stepmom, biological mom, and sister-in-law. Murder, suicide, betrayal, and jealousy are interwoven throughout. Unbelievable immorality that knows no boundaries.
Jen W. on The Good Daughter by Jane Porter:
This was a great, easy read; but there is an emotional aspect to it. I loved it, but I still found myself tearing up! Very well-written to bring on those emotions.