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Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
Same Kind of Different as Me

This book starts slow and several members did not finish the book. Everyone who finished the book really liked it and found it inspiring. Most of us plan on reading the next book What Difference Do it Make?

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Romantic
The Secret Keeper

Our group enjoyed this book. The twist at the end made you rethink the entire book. It was the first time we had really thought about the people in England during World War 2.

All Things New by Lynn Austin
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
All Things New by Lynn Austin

Several in our group thought the beginning was slow. After that they couldn't put it down. Many felt they learned a lot about life after the Civil War.

The Forever Bridge by T. Greenwood
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Unconvincing, Dramatic
The Forever Bridge

Our book club loved this book. Everyone read it quickly, they couldn't put it down.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
My Name is Mary Sutter

This book gave a graphic description of medical treatment during the civil war. It was well researched. It was also a book about women's rights. Mary was unable to get into medical school because she was a woman. She becomes a doctor at the end of the book.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
The Chaperone

We liked the book. It had historical details from a time we had not thought a lot about. It led to a good discussion about women and about being gay back in the 1920's.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring

 
Romantic, Boring, Slow
Big Stone Gap

We had a couple in our group who really liked this book. The rest had problems finishing it. It was an easier read than most books we read, but this also made it less interesting for many. Several of us watched the movie and enjoyed it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Dramatic
The Girl You Left Behind

This was one of the few books that everyone in our book club finished reading. We usually have a couple who are not interested enough to finish reading our book.

Necessary Lies: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic
Necessary Lies

Our group liked the characters in this book. We were surprised that such a young women could be so strong in her convictions that she would go against orders from her bosses at work. Several in our book club were unaware of this part of our history.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Kitchen House

We liked the way the story was told from 2 very different perspectives. A couple members found it hard to keep the many characters straight in the first part of the book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Insightful
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

This is one of the few books that all of our members liked. We all learned something we didn't know by reading this book.

Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
 
Insightful, Difficult, Confusing
Lila

Only half of our book club finished this book. It was not a fun book to read. The main problem people had was the way it changed from present tense to past tense in the same paragraph and we were sometimes left wondering where we were. I found it easier to follow by the time I had read half of the book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
In the Land of Second Chances

This was an easy read and our discussion was fun. We had many things left unanswered and several wanted to read the next book in the series.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
All the Light We Cannot See

Our book club had very mixed opinions about this book. Only half of our club finished the book. The half that finished the book liked it, although it took them about 100 pages before they wanted to read more. The half that did not finish it found it difficult to get involved in because it jumped between time periods and characters.

 
Fun
50% Off Murder

This book was a good fun read, but didn't have enough in it for a book discussion.

 
Slow, Interesting, Adventurous
16000 Suspects

We enjoyed it only because we had been to most of the places listed in the book. The story is written by many authors and we felt it didn't flow as well as it could have.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Boys in the Boat

Only half of our club read this book. The ones who finished it loved it and found it inspiring. The ones who didn't finish it were bored with all of the rowing details. I personally loved it and I am recommending it to others.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

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