Winter Reading Wrap-Up

Cover of "The Impossible Knife of Memory"

The Winter Reading Program is complete! I wish the end of the program also meant the end of winter, but sadly, it doesn’t. However, I hear we may have some warm weather soon, so hopefully the of winter is near. We had some great reviews and were thrilled that you wanted to share your reading with us. I posted the first week’s reviews a few weeks ago and now I have the rest of the submitted reviews to share with you. Enjoy and thanks to everyone who participated!

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory was a stunningly well-done book. Anderson's writing is just extraordinary -- each word was chosen carefully for maximum impact. Even though the story she spun was, at times, brutal, the words rose luminous from the page. The romance between Hayley and Finn was fun and realistic, but the real story here was between Hayley and her father, and that story's twists and turns literally kept me riveted until the final, stunning conclusion. Absolutely beautifully written, and highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Brianna

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern wasn't great. I really enjoyed her book P.S. I Love You, but have discovered that her other books tend to drag a little bit. Overall, I'm glad I stuck with reading it instead of giving up on it, but it never got fantastic. Elizabeth Egan and Ivan, the main characters, just didn't hook me. I found Ivan a little annoying and Elizabeth's character development slow and incomplete.

Reviewed by: Brianna

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

I always love Kristan Higgins' books--they're always light, fun reads, and this one didn't disappoint. I really felt for the main character Honor when her "best friend" turned against her, but loved her developing romance with Tom. I also especially liked Tom's relationship with his almost-stepson. As always, the family relationships in this particular Higgins novel played a big part, with a believably warm family dynamic. I actually liked this one better than the first in the Blue Heron series, and I'm excited for the third to come out in March!

Reviewed by: Brianna

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie is an outstanding book. It teaches many life lessons that will impact your heart tremendously. This book is definitely a tear jerker, but it is beyond worth reading. I am a big fan of Mitch Albom. His books inspire me every day. Read Tuesdays with Morrie, it will change your perspective on life.

Reviewed by: Anna

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Clay becomes employed at a bookstore that is not an ordinary bookstore. There is a section of books that is all in a strange code. Furthermore, he has to document every customer that comes in... what they were wearing, how they were feeling, what they said and what books they checked out. Then a strange message is delivered for Mr. Penumbra. Clay starts to know something is going on. When Mr. Penumbra disappears, Clay sets out to find him and save him from whatever danger he may be. Little does Clay know, he will soon be in the middle of an ancient club that has its own rules for doing things....

Reviewed by: Katy

Daylight War by Peter Brett
Third of this fantasy series. Well-crafted and imaginative tale where good and evil are not absolutes. Characters become cognizant beings and not abandoned two-dimensional short stories. Can’t wait for the next edition (2015) of the Demon Wars Saga.

Reviewed by: Mark

The Running Man by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)
The Running Man is a fast-paced drama written by Stephen King under the pen name of Richard Bachman. Ben Richards is being hunted by The Network, a corrupt TV company that gets its thrills challenging the poor and disabled to contests where death or dismemberment is almost a certainty. As a contestant on the popular game show The Running Man, Richards is trying to win money to save the life of his gravely-ill daughter. What started out as an opportunity to help his family quickly became a mission to unearth the secrets The Network has been hiding from the public, as well as a battle to maintain his dignity in the face of an unavoidable death.

Reviewed by: Sarah