Friday, June 29, 2018

Libraries Rock! Summer Reads Book Reviews

Share your book reviews with us on our Summer Reading site and we will share them here. Submit 5 book reviews or any combination of book reviews, reading selfies, and bookfaces, and be entered into a random drawing to win a fun prize!

How to Forget a Duke (Misadventures in Matchmaking #1)

By Vivienne Lorret

Why I chose this book:

I came across this book some time ago on Goodreads, added it to my "Want to Read" shelf, and promptly forgot all about it. It popped up on Goodreads again, just being published, and when I read the synopsis I was still interested. Avon (HarperCollins Publishers) provided a review copy upon request.


Regency-era England, matchmakers, amnesia, and forbidden love? How to Forget a Duke has it all. The Duke of Rydstrom employs the Bourne Matrimonial Agency to find him a wealthy bride, but Jacinda Bourne is hesitant to do so; she suspects that he is withholding vital information from the agency. When she ventures out of London to his estate to investigate, she meets with disaster. Washed up on the rocky shore and unable to remember anything, Jacinda must recuperate at the nearby estate of, you guessed it, the duke. Rydstrom doesn't want her there at first because he is indeed hiding something. But of course they fall in love. And of course they cannot marry. Don't worry, Lorret delivers a happy ending to readers.

I devoured this book. It was fun, funny, and just a bit exasperating (in a good way). There were several romance tropes in this novel, and they came together perfectly, making for an enjoyable ride. I wrote about why I read romance novels in a previous post, and I'd like to elaborate a bit on why I was interested in a book that used multiple plot devices common to the genre. It's for the same reason that I enjoy walking the same route through the same park and looking for the same animals. The park is a pleasant, relaxing environment to spend time in. I know the route I like. I'm always on the lookout for squirrels, ducks, and dogs. On top of that, I enjoy the different surprises along the way, like the giant hawk on the playscape or the trick bikers showing off. The familiar setting, path, and characters, combined with unexpected highlights are what make for a satisfying evening stroll ... or read.

~Victoria D.

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

By P.D. James

Mark these words: don't read at night when you're in your bed or sleep is the last thing you will do. How will you sleep after you read a meticulous plan of cold blood murder? Or when you picture a stabbed Santa Claus lying on the floor on Christmas? Or when you make company to a girl that loves graveyards and tombs pursuing her own ghost from the past? Six murderous tales told in different perspectives, from murders or witnesses, that won't let you sleep because the images will stay on you mind and the minds of the characters will trick you.

~Juliana M.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kick-Off Summer Reading 2018 with the WPL Magazine Collection!

Summer Reading is kicking off this Saturday June 16th at the Main Library with a musical bang! With this year’s theme of “Libraries Rock! Read, Learn, Connect”, the WPL is bursting with programs, classes, and reading suggestions. Periodicals (Main Branch, 3rd floor) will display a selection of our popular rockin’ magazines in celebration of our musical Summer Reading kick-off, but we don’t stop there! With over 400 magazine titles to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to read, learn, and connect.

Read: Whether it’s poetry, political commentary, or good ol’ fiction stories, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, and The Atlantic have plenty of content to help you reach your reading goals this summer.

Learn: New ideas and skills are easy to integrate into your reading this summer – titles like Cooks Illustrated, Make, and Popular Mechanics yield everything from recipe testing for the perfect brownie to how to make a pizza oven from an old car (and we’re all suddenly very hungry.)

Connect: Whether it’s in our backyards or across state lines, we can find ways of connecting with our community through local magazines like Boston Magazine, Worcester Living, Connecticut Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. Find out what’s happening in New England this summer!

The Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off will be from 10:00am- 1:00pm in the Fiction Area of the Main Library. You’ll be able to sign up for SummerReading, register for programs and classes, and learn about events and services provided by the WPL this summer. Also enjoy rock painting, for all ages!

Rock (or read) on!