Lodi Whittier Library

2155 East Seneca Street, P.O. Box 208, Lodi, New York 14860

Your Book Reviews

Please post a comment to give us your review of the latest book you read. What did you like about it? What was your favorite aspect of the book–the characters, the story, the setting? Let us know what you think!

4 comments on “Your Book Reviews

  1. stuckinlodiagain
    August 10, 2010

    I just read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and I really enjoyed it. I loved the character of Lisbeth Salander because she was very intriguing and you never knew what she was going to do next. It was a great mystery page-turner and a perfect summer read!

  2. John Henderson
    February 23, 2011

    I borrowed the second in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire, from the Lodi Whittier Library, and enjoyed it even more than the Dragon Tattoo. It’s mostly because Lisbeth Salander is even more central to the story, and the author slyly gives her even more to do and reveals much more about her history and character. Be forewarned that as in the first novel, the author gets you hooked before he throws in the scenes of torture and brutalization that can be disturbing to read.

  3. Karen Shepherd
    June 5, 2011

    Reader review! A Lodi library patron has this book review to share with us. Interested in reading it? Log in to flls.org and put in a request – then pick it up at the Lodi library!
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    Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, MD, should be required reading of anyone who intends to live a fully healthy life–required by him/herself, preferably. I cannot say enough good about it in terms of accessibility, clarity, and breadth. Aerobic exercise has been a (usually) regular part of my life since my father had his first heart attack when I was fifteen (after my mother had had a “coronary” when I was thirteen). I have long been convinced of the emotional, mental, and physical benefits of exercise. Now I know why and how it works on and for our brains (as much as science can tell at this point), and I am motivated like never before to continue exercising, and to increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of my workouts. The first chapter is nothing short of amazing (because it is about an amazing PE program in a Naperville, IL school district). And then there are chapters on learning, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, attention deficit, hormonal changes in women, and aging, besides the final chapter of wrapping it all up and recommendations for putting it all together for one’s own exercise program.

    Each of you owes it to yourself to read the book–and then act on it. If you do nothing else, read the first chapter and then whichever one or two other chapters seem to fit your needs. The reading will be time VERY well spent. The resulting knowledge and lifestyle changes or adjustments will, of course!, be well worth the effort.

  4. Dora Minichello
    March 17, 2013

    Just finished reading Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell and I couldn’t wait to share it with others. This book, set in Scotland, is about two young sisters, Marnie the oldest and Nelly, the younger, that are orphaned when their drug addicted parents die closely together. Not wanting to be separated, the girls bury their parents in their back yard and pretend that they left them to go on holiday. The girls are fortunate to find a protector in a lonely old man who lives next door that needs to take care of someone as much as they need to be taken care of. It is with Lennie, the neighbor, that the girls get their first taste of what true family feels like. The small family will go through many challenges including; a secret that Lennie is ashamed to share, Marie’s acts of rebellion, Nelly’s odd behavior and most threatening of all the grandfather they never knew reappearing in their lives looking for their mother.

    Today is Christmas Eve.Today is my birthday.Today I am fifteen.Today I buried my parents in the backyard.Neither of them were beloved. These are the first lines of the book and they quickly bring home the fact that this is not your typical feel good easy read but it is worth the ride and in the end there is a sense of hope and knowledge that no matter what happens, these three wounded souls are a family and always will be.

    I hope that you will read Death of Bees and enjoy it as much as I did. Please feel free to leave comments with your thoughts on this book or any other that you have read. Happy Reading!!!

    Dora Minichello Library Director, Lodi Library

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