Welcome to Literary Elements: The Commack Public Library Adult Summer Reading Club!

This program will run June 28th – August 22nd.

We have set up this website so you can submit your reviews without leaving your home. Additionally, you can browse through reviews other people have written if you are looking for book suggestions. Your reviews will be posted periodically, so make sure to stop by this website on a regular basis. Feel free to email any questions or comments to brian.bonelli@commackpubliclibrary.org

Join us on August 23rd for our gathering to eat, drink and discuss all our favorites. Come in and pick up your packet anytime on or after June 28th.

Below you will find reviews that have been submitted by those that have already joined the club!

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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

This book is a memoir by Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Sotomayor grew up on the rubble-strewn streets of a Bronx housing project, with a dysfunctional family, including an alcoholic father. She had juvenile diabetes, and had to learn to give herself injections, due to the inability of anyone else in her family to do so. In spite of these handicaps, she went on to excel at Princeton and Yale. I found this book to be very inspirational, a true testament to the ability of the human spirit to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles, and to obtain seemingly unattainable goals.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

A prominent and philanthropical millionaire in present-day Chicago is accused by a former childhood friend of being a Nazi conspirator before and during World War II, and causing the deaths of many people during the Holocaust. Could such an accusation be true of this well-liked and influential citizen? A young female attorney is persuaded to try the case, against the counsel of her superiors at the law firm where she works. This is Balson’s first novel, and I thought it was a powerful and compelling read, despite the pathos and emotions it evoked in recalling the horrors of that terrible time in history. I look forward to reading another book by him.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

The Arsonist by Sue Miller

The title of this book is a bit misleading. Although the novel does include the search for an arsonist in a small New Hampshire town, the real focus is on the continuing life journey of a woman returning from her job as an African relief worker. The story is more about relationships and less of a mystery. There are well drawn characters and it’s a satisfying read.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K Hamilton

This latest entry in the Princess Merry series follows the fairy princess living in America after the birth of her triplets. Meredith encounters assassination threats while trying to protect her babies from her malicious uncle. This book is best enjoyed after you have read the previous books in the series.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

A Family Affair by Fern Michaels

As I read this book, I thought of it as a drawn-out fairy tale. A billionaire prince from Dubai falls in love with a Las Vegas showgirl, and takes her back to his homeland and marries her. Do they live happily ever after? Not quite. The parts of the book that take place in Las Vegas are so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. It always seems to be winter, with bitter cold, and a foot of snow on the ground. That’s not the Las Vegas I know. The book was amusing, and thankfully a fast read, but definitely not great literature or even slightly thought-provoking.
Actually, I considered it a waste of time.

Evaluation: 2 out of 5

Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

This is the latest novel in the Carpathian/Lycan fantasy series. Skyler and two friends seek to rescue her captive lifemate Dimitri, while trying to avoid starting a war between the Carpathians and the Lycans. There is nothing special about this latest book, but if you enjoyed the others in the series, you’ll like this one, which follows a similar formula.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

This is an intriguing novel, with twists and turns that will leave the reader guessing. London policewoman Lacey Flint discovers a dead woman floating in Thames River. With her colleagues, she slowly begins to unravel the murder, and its link to the human trafficking trade.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

Console Wars by Blake Harris

Here’s an incredibly disappointing book. The marketing battle between Sega and Nintendo during the early 90’s is an endlessly fascinating topic (to me, anyway) but, unfortunately, author Blake Harris, in attempting to craft a narrative out of this, decided to completely make up scenes and conversations, resulting in page after page of terrible, ultra-hackneyed dialogue (this guy makes George Lucas look like David Mamet in this department). What makes this all so frustrating is that the factual information in this book still pretty interesting – if only a better writer chose to tackle this subject.

Evaluation: 2 out of 5

Falling Into Grace by Adyashanti


I found this book to be quite interesting, in the sense that it points the reader into a new direction of thought, that otherwise might be unknown to the reader. Because of this different way of thinking, it may be hard for some readers to grasp that which is written, however if you open your mind to new ideas this book will likely offer something for you.