Books reviews from CCPLS readers

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Readers who frequent the Cullman County Public Library System share reviews of some of their recently read books.

Submission date: July 21

Reviewer: Jeanette Eakin

Title: “Agents of Babylon”

Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: Wonderful to read how a teenager (Daniel) was taken to Babylon and served for about 60 years. He has been an important person in history and someone we can all look up to. He served the Lord by witnessing to the lost, advising the king and writing a book that teaches God’s people. “Indeed the primary purpose of the book of Daniel is to inform us of Christ’s ultimate victory and the ensuing beginning of all things.”

Submission date: July 17

Reviewer: Kay Meleski

Title: “Take Me With You”

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: A recovering alcoholic has been sober since his 19 year old son died. Each summer he goes on the road; the year is to Yellowstone to release his ashes. Fate interferes by giving him two extra passengers, half orphans without a home. The transformation, bond and love that develop restores my faith that humanity is not obsolete. “A keeper.”

Submission date: July 24

Reviewer: Sylvia McCraney

Title: “Never Quit”

Author: Jimmy Settle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: The author/narrator is, in my opinion, a true hero. Alaskan, born in Anchorage, he had a chaotic childhood. His lifelong dream was to work in the wilds around his beloved home state. Over two and a half years, through countless training schools hosted by the Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard, Jimmy learned the ins and outs of pararescue jumping including do-overs. It may be the best bio I have ever read! 

Submission date: July 13

Reviewer: Sylvia McCraney

Title: “The Innocent”

Author: Harlan Coben

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: His police procedurals are written in a conversational style, making for a good read. Bringing in the FBI was an unexpected, and quite unwelcome, twist. The SAC and his “gorilla” were rogue agents, adding to the suspense.

Submission date: July 27

Reviewer: Connie Byham

Title: “Dreams of Falling”

Author: Karen White

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: It was good. On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree’s trunk, they placed their greatest hopes written on ropes for safe-keeping–including the most important one: friends forever, come what may.

Submission date: July 26

Reviewer: Stacey Mixon

Title: “Wings of Fury”

Author: Emily R. King

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: I’ve always enjoyed books about Roman & Greek gods and goddesses. This book had a strong female character, Althea, that I admired for her courage and sharp wit. She was also very faithful to her family.

Submission date: July 31

Reviewer: Kayla Aaron

Title: “The Forty Elephants”

Author: Erin Bledsoe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: I really enjoyed reading this book. I just got lost in the story about Alice Diamond, London in the 1920s, and the Forty Elephants, who were the first all-female gang in London. *It is a must read for anyone who loves the Roaring 20s!

Submission date: July 31

Reviewer: Kayla Aaron

Title: “A Different Kind of Christmas”

Author: Alex Haley

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very interesting story about Fletcher Randall who attended college up north where he became friends with the quaker brothers. He also decided to volunteer for the Underground Railroad where he is sent on a mission back to his home state of North Carolina to help slaves escape to the North using the Underground Railroad.

Submission date: July 24

Reviewer: Annette Johnson

Title: “The Deep End”

Author: Julie Mulhern

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts about the book: Fun mystery. Definitely want to read more from this author.