Thursday, May 21, 2009

Welcome Summer Readers

Every year we at Salt Lake County Library Services create all sorts of book lists for our customers. This summer, you, our wonderful Summer Readers, have a chance to create a book list for our website. We are sure that all of you have books you would love to recommend to others. So post a comment with the title, author a short note explaining why you recommend the book, your favorite library branch and your name, if you want it to appear on the list.

If we get enough suggestions, we can create a list that your fellow library users will surely enjoy.

And yes, you can suggest more than one title.


  1. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor.
    This is the "true" story of Alice in Wonderland. The twist on a classic is delightful, the characters even more charming than the original, and it's a great read aloud book for your children. It might even spur their interest to read Lewis Carrol's Adventures of Alice in Wonderland to compare the two different yet similar stories.
    West Valley is my favorite library branch they take such good care of my holds!
    Thanks for everything-Danylle Utley

  2. I recommend the Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells. I definitely enjoyed this book. It was about a dysfunctional family moving from one place to the next. It was in a child like perspective. The family tried to get by with the shirt off their back since the parents were so irresponsible to raise their children.

    Overall, I enjoyed it because like I said, it was in a child's perspective. I often found myself reflecting on the kind of family I would like to raise. I hated the parents for their lack of responsibility. I wanted to hug the children and take them away and raise them. However, the children do turn out better than their parents and they remain strong. I loved it! The author had a way of bringing you into her story and it left me with a feeling of sadness/happiness for the children. Very well done.

  3. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
    It's an intriguing story of love, loss, redemption and hope. Margaret is a widow whose daughter ran away with her boyfriend 10 years earlier to join a revolutionary group. Is it really her granddaughter who shows up on her doorstep one evening?

  4. My standard three-book recommendations are: Ender's Game, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    Ender's Game is a sci-fi book about a six-year old named Ender Wiggin. The book revolves around Ender's relationship with his siblings and his experience in military school. Even though this is a juvi-lit book, adults will find great pleasure in it as well. It's also a great book to read with older childern.

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a longer book (544pgs) and the beginning is slow; but if you stick with it you will become captivated by the story of the three women: Grandmother, Mother, and Daughter (who is also the author). The majority of the book is about the author and her life growing up in China under the Mao regime.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith has been my favorite book since I first read it at age fourteen. This is a coming of age story about a young girl living in the Bronx during the Great Depression.

  5. I also loved the Glass Castle and would recommend it to anyone - it is fantastically written and is an interesting read!

    My other recent favorites include A Girl Named Zippy and the Book Thief. Both are written very well and would be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. A Girl Named Zippy is written from a child's perspective of her life, which begins simple and evolves through the book. Very well done. The Book Thief is a fictional tale that takes place during the Holocaust. It is about a child and narrated by 'death' himself - I found it hauntingly enchanting.


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  7. I reccomend the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series and the new series by Risk Riordan The Kane Chronicles are good as well.

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