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Adult Winter Reading Program 2016
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   Adult Winter Reading Program 2016   
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Instructions


Registration begins Monday, January 11th and ends Monday, March 7th. You may begin recording titles on Monday, January 18th. Each time you read or listen to a book after January 18th, you may record your title(s) here on our website or at selected computers located throughout the library.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Poplar Creek Public Library card. You may register here on our website or at the Fiction/Reader's Advisory desk.

Participants must read or listen to 5 books in order to complete the program. All 5 titles must come from the Poplar Creek Public Library’s circulating collection. Paperback swap books are not eligible for this program. Only titles read after you register for the program are eligible for the reading program. Pick up a prize for signing up, a prize for reading 5 books plus get entered into a raffle drawing. You may read or listen to fiction or non-fiction titles.


Reviews
Title
The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Author
Rhys Bowen
Review
Another in the Royal Spyness Mystery series.
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TRUE GRIT
Author
CHARLES PORTIS
Review
GOOD - NOW I WANT TO WATCH THE MOVIE AGAIN
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Title
After You
Author
JoJo Moyes
Review
I don't quite know how to review this book objectively because I didn't much care for it. I'm glad I read it once, on its own it's a decent book it provides some insight into the mourning and grieving process, comical and sad and zigzagged as it might be with stops, starts, and lurches. But I feel like "Me Before You" really didn't need a a sequel, it's just kind of "extra." I liked Lou's interactions with Lily mostly (being a mom without being a mom helped Lou's character grow up a great deal), along with her one-sided Will conversations, and that the reader got some resolution into the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Traynor, and I liked Louisa's line on page 325 "I saw what I had really done. I saw that I could be somebody's center, his reason for staying. I saw that I could be enough." That was fairly gratifying after Louisa's guilt that she wasn't "enough" for Will. But 80% of the book felt forced and not needed. One two many jokes about green Lurex, a few too many awkward moments in the Moving On Circle (though to be fair, that concept was amusing. It reminded me of a John Green Book and being in the literal Heart of Jesus Christ). Overall a decent once over, about half as enthralling as the original.
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Title
BREAKING WILD
Author
DIANE LES BECQUETS
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THIS WAS OUR BAGELS BOOK - AND I LOVED THE BOOK - IT WAS THE STORY OF TWO WOMEN - ONE A WILDLIFE BUFF WHO IS MISSING FOR 8 WEEKS AND THE OTHER WHO IS IN SEARCH AND FIND WITH HER SERVICE DOG.STORY GOES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE TWO LIVES - HAD TO READ THE END AS I COULDN'T STAND THE SUSPENSE.
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Me Before You
Author
JoJo Moyes
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This book was emotionally truthful, even if the setup of the main characters was a bit fantastical. Will Traynor and his family are incredibly posh and well off financially, which makes these adventures possible; this "really?" scenario took me a bit to get over. And Louisa's family reminds me slightly of a particular Jane Austen novel. Nonetheless, it really does highlight some of the comical and challenging struggles of living with or transitioning to having a physical disability, as well as how your thinking transforms after getting to know someone with a disability. You become a little bit mischievous in eliciting and searching for people's reaction, and you get a bit cynical when people pre-judge and disappoint you, just as Louisa did in the book. But you also mellow and find quite a lot of dry sarcastic humor in unexpected places, as Will taught Lou. Really nice read, the kind that you marathon through, I enjoyed all the characters, even those only briefly mentioned like Will's sister Georgina and Lou's mum and dad.
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Title
Dog Wood Hill
Author
Sherryl Woods
Review
Very nice relaxing read I enjoy Sherryl's books
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Title
The Audacity to Win
Author
David Plouffe
Review
"Audacity" is the tale of the groundbreaking 2008 Presidential election where Barack Obama defeated John McCain as told by Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe. Kudos to Mr. Plouffe for telling an unflinching, complete story of the election starting from ground zero two years before the election. The Clinton machine was massive and had a head start. Regardless of personal feelings about our 44th president, readers have to acknowledge the brilliance of the campaign.

There's a lot to like and learn from the book but the author does slide into clichés from time to time. "Focus like a laser" and "music to my/our ears" battled for his favorite cliché. There's also "take it to the next level" and "taking the clutch shot". Mr. Plouffe muffs the possible long term ramifications of the presidency by pronouncing that parents will take a more active role in their children's educations and change in tone of political discourse. That said, the author can be forgiven being so close to the force of nature that was the Obama run for president.
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Books Can Be Deceiving
Author
Jenn McKinlay
Review
A fun cozy mystery.
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X
Author
Sue Grafton
Review
Another great book in the series. A well written book, with many sub plots, which makes it an interesting book to read.
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Title
The Desert Spear
Author
Peter V. Brett
Review
This book was more difficult to get into than the first but things got easier and then enjoyable.
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