From Julie Rosslee
author: Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
I haven’t read this text in years and it was such a thrill to be able to pick it up and fall in love with Fitzerald’s story once again. Reading this as a teenager, I may have been naive about several of the characters’ identity crisis and transformations, but now, seeing it through the eyes of adult, I truly appreciate the full essence of each of the characters, especially Gatsby.
From Grace Kim-Lu
The Priest’s Graveyard
From the first pages, this book grabs you in. As the book opens, you are dropped into a life and death scene and left wandering when, where and why how it all started. As the title implies, the priest has killed in the past and is currently on a mission to rid the society of “the worst” of sinners. His path leads him to run into an ex-heroine woman whose life purpose is to kill the man that murdered her husband. Together they realize that they are after the same powerful man whose upfront charitable organization hides a deceitful, greedy, murderous scandal. The priest and the ex-drug addict’s dilemma leaves them asking who is “worthy” of death. Their blooming affection for each other also leads them to see if their lives are worth the love to offer as a sacrifice. The book has twists and turns in the plot that the reader never in a million years will suspect. I could not put the book down after I picked it up.
From Rebecca Segers
author: Dumas, Alexandre
The Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dantes has it all: youth, love, and career mobility. But a jealous rival for his job and another for his fiance falsely accuse him of Bonapartism and a judge looking out for his own interests seals the deal, sending Dantes to the prison Chateau d’If. There he struggles in solitary for years, until he meets the Abbe Faria, who teaches him and opens his heart to the power of human friendship. They plan their joint escape, but Faria dies before it is able to be effected, thus leaving Dantes alone again – but this time with the knowledge of the whereabouts of a great hidden treasure. Dantes escapes, claims the fortune and remakes himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, with the sole purpose of avenging his false imprisonment by ruining the men who put him there. He does manage his aim, but along the way, also discovers that revenge is not a suitable reason for living. He is redeemed by the love he had for his former fiance, the love he still has for the family who remained true, and the love he begins to have for a woman in his current life. This novel, published in 1844, is still just as entertaining as it was the day it came out, a page-turner for anyone looking for an adventure that takes them into the devastation of prison life, the glamorous world of 19th century Paris or the unmapped territory of the human heart.
From Gina Scaglione
author: Botham, Neil
The Best Book of Useless Information Ever
Did you know that there are nine muscles in the human ear? Or that there are more recreational golfers per capita in Canada than in any other country in the world? How about that Laura Patterson, a professional bungee jumper, was killed during rehearsals for the Super Bowl at the New Orleans Superdome in 1997? You can learn all of this, and so much more, by reading any of the books in the “Useless Information” series. I was so intriguied by some of what I read that I actually felt compelled to research further on-line. I bet you will too:)
From Esther Moy
author: Baldacci, David
I am so glad that my sister recommended this book to me. The storyline was well written with interesting characters. You feel compasionate for
LuAnn and her daughter and their plight. It has a mysterious feel which is unraveled at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to others who need an easy to read a compelling novel.