2015 Hot Reads for Cold Nights   
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About the program
Warm up with a good book this winter at Troy Public Library's
3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Program: Hot Reads for Cold Nights, from January 5 through March 12.

To participate, submit a brief review of each title you read or listen to during the program period. You don't have to write a novel, but please include enough information for the review to be helpful to someone who is thinking about choosing that title. A short paragraph will do.

Each week, two lucky readers will receive a prize, and a Grand Prize of a Kindle Paperwhite eReader and case will be awarded at the conclusion of the program. Prizes will be awarded by random drawings from all reviews submitted, and are provided by the Friends of the Troy Public Library.

So warm up the long, cold Michigan winter nights with some hot reads from the Library. Stop by the Adult Information desk for suggestions, or check out our Bookletters booklists.

Happy reading!
Reviews
Title
Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Author
Therese Anne Fowler
Review
This is the fictional story of Zelda Fitzgerald. It is well-written and thoughtful. The author indicates that she reviewed numerous letters exchanged by Zelda and Scott, as well as letters exchanged between Scott and his friends, editor, agent and Ernest Hemingway. She created Zelda's tale based on the limited facts available. The Fitzgeralds seemed to embrace the early 1920s with all its excesses. Yet were they ever really happy? I realize that this is a work of fiction but can't help thinking that they were just self-centered, spoiled and irresponsible.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
The 6th Extinction
Author
James Rollins
Review
A well-researched, riveting, action-adventure book involving the Sigma Force team, Antarctica, bio-engineered life forms, Brazil, a heroic dog, Nazis, and possibly the best made-for-Hollywood story I've read! The idea that we humans are in the process of extincting ourselves off the planet makes perfect sense after reading the various (all interesting!) story-lines that tie together real science and a really dramatic plot. Do NOT tour the South Pole. Ever. Just sayin'...
Rating (5 = best)
Title
Abandon
Author
Meg Cabot
Review
The idea behind this book is really interesting but the execution falls flat. The insta-love was so instant it made it hard to ever really get into the book or feel anything for any of the characters. Also the world-building takes second place to the main character and her feelings which are repeated to the point it feels the author is hitting you over the head with them. What happened to show don't tell? If the world building was stronger and the instant love less instant so that we, the readers, had time to actually invest in it, this would have been a really good book. Sadly, these two failures ruined it. Not sure if I will bother with the sequel.
Rating (5 = best)