Summer Reading Club Review: Where in the Om Am I?

From Suzanne Laizik

Title: Where in the Om Am I?

Author: Sara Divello

Memoir of a Type-A corporate woman who decides to pursue yoga teacher training while still working at her demanding PR job. At times quite funny in its comparison of the two “worlds” (which of course have more in common than the author expected). I loved the (presumably unintentional) irony of the author completing her transition to yoga teacher without ever giving up her self-absorbed type-A attitude. No sign that she ever cultivated any compassion for the people she trashes throughout the book–only lots of patting herself on her back for her own successes and personal growth.

Summer Reading Club Review: XOM-B

From Suzanne Laizik

Title: XOM-B

Author: Jeremy Robinson

Sci-fi/zombie/android story with a fascinating premise, which covers some thought-provoking issues: what it means to be “human,” what a life is worth, the legacy of slavery, and evolution. I just wish it were more sci-fi idea novel and less zombie action blood-and-gore novel. (The zombie killing scenes get pretty boring).

Summer Reading Club Review: Big Little Lies

From Suzanne Laizik

Title: Big Little Lies

Author: Moriarty, Liane

This novel was fun, quick read, about serious and not-so-serious matters surrounding moms of kindergarteners in a small beach town. I like how it was structured (starting with a reference to a climactic event, then going back in time to narrate what led up to it), and the character development was sometimes quite spot on. Unfortunately, the plot was a little too tidy. “Bad guys” were punished appropriately and “good guys” were rewarded appropriately, everything tidily wrapped up at the end. A little too pat for my taste.

Librarian Recommended: The Swedish Girl

From Eileen Effrat

Author:  Alex Gray

Title:  The Swedish Girl

The tenth installment in the Detective Superintendent Lorimer series does not disappoint. A Swedish student is brutally murdered in a shared apartment and one of the male flat mates is accused and held without bail. Convinced that the guy is innocent, Kristy Wilson, another of the flat mates, sets out to convince Lorimer to re-evaluate the evidence and untangle a complex web of relationships surrounding the murdered girl. Gray’s mysteries, set in Glasgow, Scotland, gives readers  a genuine feel for the city and its inhabitants. If you enjoy Ian Rankin’s mysteries set in Edinburgh, why not give Glasgow a try?

Summer Reading Club Review: Mischief in Mudbug

From Mary Quirindongo

Title: Mischief in Mudbug

Author: Jana Deleon

This is book 2 in the series(Ghost-in-law mystery/Romance)This book is just as funny and interesting as the first book. This time the book is based on Sabine and her quest to find any close relatives. What she doesn’t realize how crazy and dangerous finding family can be. Things get a little hairy at times and once again they need the help of Maryse’s ex mother-in-law who is a ghost. Once you get started you won’t want to stop reading.

Summer Reading Club Review: The Doomesday Key

From Nicole Simon

Title: The Doomesday Key

Author: James Rollins

Book #6 in the Sigma Series, At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter’s Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator’s son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. This book travels in a race against time to solve an ancient mystery, that even modern times can’t help.