DIXFIELD – The Adult Reading Group of the Ludden Memorial Library met May 3 in the downstairs Community Room reading group area. Present were Ruth Raynor, Nancy Tapley, Carol Cantin, Mandy Parsons and group coordinator, Diane Stanley. The group was served tea/coffee as the discussion began.

Several books were discussed, showing the different styles and genres read by the members. Another member read “Colony” by Siddons. It was reported on at the last session and sparked some interest at that time. It is an older book owned by one of the members and is also found at the library.

“The Long Road Home,” a series in the local newspaper, was described as a wonderful read. It is by Katherine Paterson. It is based on the true story of an 11-year- old Albanian who in 1999 was driven out of the homeland and went to Vermont. It was suggested that the library get the book if it is available. The librarian will look into it.

“Cold Fire” is one of Dean Koontz’ earlier books, written in 1998. The main character sees into the future and sees danger lurking. He follows people and tries to save them from their impending doom. It is typical Koontz, but the story has a sensible ending. Some in the group feel that his earlier writing is better.

“Digital Fortress” is an earlier book by Dan Brown. Since “Angels and Demons” and “DaVinci Code,” followers have read some of his earlier stuff and been pleased with it. “Digital Fortress” has a government background and deals with the possibility of a massive computer virus that would shut down the government. It is quick paced and highly charged. Considered a real page-turner.

The “Left Behind Series” is being read by a members who has just finished book five, “Apollyon,” and book six, “Assassins.” The series, by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim La Haye, is based on the Bible. Its setting is the Book of Revelation.

“Skinny Dip” by Hiassen is another best seller. In the novel, a woman is thrown off a cruise ship by her husband. She unbelievably manages to survive and seeks to find out why her husband did it. It is humorous with lots of twists and turns and was said to be a wonderful read.

“Table for Five” by Wiggs is on the new arrivals shelf. It is a warm story about a third-grade teacher who is concerned about her students. She gets too involved when parents of one of her students is killed in a car accident. Her life is turned upside down. There is romance later in the story, and it was said to be a great read. Anyone who has already read some of Wiggs writing will love this one.

“Hillside Encounter” by McEacheron is in the fairly new category, “YA,” which stands for Young Adult. The category is considered for the older juvenile and the adult. The story line is good, and it would be a light read for an adult. It starts off with two people who don’t like each other because they represent two different positions in life. As it turns out, they are more alike than then know and, eventually, fall in love. There is no graphic sex. The reader enjoyed the novel and recommended it. It is the author’s first novel.

Kirstie Alley’s “How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life” was read and thought to be humorous. It is written in a style similar to that of diary entries. She writes as she speaks.

“The Kensington Chronicles” by Wick take place in the 1500s in England. The stories are fictional with a historical background. The story line is interesting in that it give one insight into how things happened during that time period.

One does not have to be a member of the library to join the reading group, Members read books from wherever they choose. All of the books read this review, however, are found in the library as well.

The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday in June in the reading group nook. All adults who enjoy reading are welcome.


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