Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Violets are Blue

Title: Violets are Blue
Author: James Patterson
Review: I have read many books by this author and this book is by far the scariest book he has written. It's an excellent read and you just can't put it down. It is exciting from cover to cover!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Eleanor & Park

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Review: This young adult novel of a HS romance is filled with all the joys, wonder, and angst of first love.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

July 20, 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing on the Moon.

The authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, First Man by James R. Hansen, follows the guarded life of Buzz Aldrin's fellow moon-walking shipmate. The detailed, extensive biography is a fascinating examination of the life of one of America's legends.
In his memoir, Buzz Aldrin discusses the reality of coming back to Earth and the adjustments he was forced to make. Aldrin doesn't shy away from the difficulties he faced upon his return, and his memoir is an intimate portrait of the life of a hero.
Space historian Piers Bizony has produced a stunning visual record of this unparalleled mission. Drawing on high-resolution images from the entire suite of Apollo 11’s on-board film magazines, the book presents a complete picture of the mission: the launch, the astronauts’ lives inside the spacecraft, the landing and moon walk, and finally the return to earth to worldwide acclaim.
Recreates the story of the Apollo 11 moon mission through interviews, NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents.
Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil’s three passions – flight, family, and friends. This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he flew combat missions in the Korean War and then flew a rocket plane called the X-15 to the edge of space,  to when he saved his Gemini 8 by flying the first emergency return from Earth orbit and then flew Apollo-Eleven to the moon’s Sea of Tranquility.

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Pop Goes the Weasel

Title: Pop Goes the Weasel
Author: James Patterson
Review: I found this book to be a huge disappointment. The author never got "into" the characters, the trial was boring and the return of Christine didn't have the joy that you would expect in it.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Pictures at an Exhibition

Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Sara Houghteling
Review: Historical fiction based on the "Monuments Men" & French museum heroine Rose Vallard. Set in Paris before & during WWII, Max Berenzon, son of a Jewish art dealer and a pianist mother,sees his family lose all but their lives. He spends liberation trying to recover the lost art & discovers an old family secret.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Me Before You

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Review: An unlikely couple face challenging questions in the face of their relationship and their morals. More than a chick lit book, and one that will require a tissue or two.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Red Room

Title: The Red Room
Author: Ridley Pearson
Review: John Knox and Grace Chu, the agents at Rutherford Risk, are back. This time they are in Jordan and Istanbul. This case involves the illegal sale of an ancient piece of art with a hidden agenda. There are so many twists and turns that I got dizzy! Fast paced and enjoyable, if confusing.
Rating: 4 out of 5