Finally finished Shanghai Girls! The story follows two Chinese women from their late teens in 1930’s China through to their experiences as adults in America. I found the book to be a very mixed bag. There were parts that were riveting and parts that dragged. The characters were sometimes compelling and sometimes not. The knowledge gained about Chinese culture and the experience of Chinese immigrants to this country and the insights regarding how close the bonds between sisters could be, made this novel by Lisa See a worthwhile read. And the cover was one of the best looking this year! Rating: 3 out of 4 (.5 just for the cover).
Next book: Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard, #18 on the 6/21/09 NYT bestseller list.
– posted by Sonia, Reader’s Services.
Highlighted this month are:
Beach Reads – Need a great book to bring to the beach? Grab one off the display – we’ve got everything from murder mysteries to love stories, biographies to historical fiction. Also, some of the hottest summer bestsellers!
What I Did on My Summer Vacation – filled with great ideas on how to have a happy, healthy and active summer. We’ve provided guides on travel, fitness, diet, health, summer activities, gardening, home renovation, and much, much more!
Enjoy the rest of the summer with a great book from the Syosset Public Library!
– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services
Hello, everyone! Don’t think because I haven’t posted anything lately, that I haven’t been reading. Besides finishing “The Scarecrow” which was next in the Project, I’ve read some others. Here’s my take on what I’ve read:
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly- My first book by this bestselling author and it’s a good one. The criminal activity was a little too grisly for my taste- British cozies being my mystery genre of choice- but I kept on reading! I recommend this one to fans of gritty suspense mysteries: 3 out of 4.
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich- Although the number of words on every page are diminishing and the white space around them is increasing, I still keep checking in with Stephanie and friends. If a book in this series makes me laugh out loud at least once, I consider it a good one- I chuckled audibly a few times. I’ll probably read “sixteen”: 2.5 out of 4.
Fear of Drowning by Peter Turnbull- This is the first in a British detective series that I discovered when my colleague Brenda picked a later installment as a “Staff Pick” here at the library. The main character, Hennessy, and his sidekick, Yellich, are as interesting as the plot. In fact, all the players in this mystery are compellingly realized. British, not quite cozy, but I’ll be back: 3 out of 4.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. This is my favorite book read so far this year. The author tells the story of Balram Halwal, an Indian of the lowest class, and makes the reader feel as if they understand exactly what he is experiencing. Winner of the UK’s Man Booker Prize and deservedly so: 4 out of 4.
Next up: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See- # 4 on the 6/21 NYT list.
– Posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Finished “Killing Floor” by Lee Child. Not bad. The book kept me engaged throughout, had interesting characters and was not predictable. I might read the next one in the series someday. Rating: 3 out of 4.
Next up: “The Scarecrow” by Michael Connelly, #3 on the 6/21 NYT list.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
In an effort to familiarize myself with the tastes of our patrons and become more useful to them, I have decided to read a book from each of the authors that appears in the top 20 of the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list on the first day of summer- June 21, 2009. I can choose any book that the author has written and I will not have to read a book by any author I have already read. This means I don’t have to read Laurell K. Hamilton, Clive Cussler, Danielle Steele, James Patterson, Stephanie Meyer, Mary Janice Davidson, Elmore Leonard or Alice Hoffman, although I still might ( “Road Dogs” -definitely, “The Host”– maybe, “Matters of the Heart”– I don’t think so!).
Wish me luck and I’ll keep you all “posted”- first up “Killing Floor” by Lee Child, his first book. “Gone Tomorrow” his his current bestseller, 6 on the 6/21 NYT list.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services