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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
 
A man goes from being mentally challenged to a genius.

This was an amazing book about a man going from being mentally disabled to a genius because he had an experiment that changed him. Even though the character of the book had so many rough times I still couldn't wait to read more of it. I wouldn't reccommend it for discussion though. There were too few things to delve into.

CRISIS by ROBIN COOK
 
A medical who dunnit.

I really enjoyed the book but the ending was very disappointing. After the detail described in the book the ending was too short and left the reader wondering what in the world happened. We will be reading "Eat, Pray, and Love" for September.

 
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
The self centered life of a woman that doesn't know what religion is.

I really didn't like this book. Her funny comments got to me after a while and I felt like she didn't know what she was talking about.

 
Inspiring, Fun, Adventurous
A rare look into circuses, how they operate, the interesting people, and the drama of their everyday lives.

It was so interesting to look inside a circus and see the drama unfold between the people. As spectators we see the fun of a circus but in actuality it's a very trying life full of drama and ugliness. I loved the elephant and how she got back at those that abused her. What an eye opener this book was!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
 
Adventurous, Romantic, Interesting
This is a wonderful love story of a woman thrown back in time to find herself in the 1700's falling in love with a beautiful. loving man. She has conflicting feelings because she was already married

I loved this book! Once in a while I love a really good love story and this one filled the bill for me. This book is the first in a series about a woman, Claire, who is thrown back in time from 1945 to the 1700's. She meets Jamie and they fall in love. I can't wait to get to the second one to find out more of Claire and Jamie's story.

 
This is the story of a very loving, kind, and humble priest sent to China to start a mission. His life is extraordinary and exciting even though he is a simple man believing tolerence for all people.

At first I didn't want to read this book because it was so old having been written in 1944. However, I am so glad that I did. The writing was remarkable. I loved the humbleness and kindness of this simple man and the love he showed to all. He lived his life just as God intended us to live ours and it uplifted me spiritually.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

This book was both sad and funny. I loved Enzo and the fact that he and Denny could communicate. Reading this book was like being on a roller coaster but the ending was fantastic and touching.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

This book told the reader how Alzheimer's feels from the victim's perspective and it not only frightened me a little but made me stop and think about things I could do to make my life healthier. It is a beautiful book that I enjoyed with crying and even laughter. I loved it!

Hannah's Dream: A Novel by Diane Hammond
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Romantic, Fun
Hannah's Dream

The love between Hannah and her keeper Samson was beautiful to read. Samson and his wife were so dedicated to Hannah and loved her very much. All of the characters in Hannah's Dream were so vivid and interesting. I couldn't put this book down. The book reached inside of me and touched my heart.

The Taking by Dean Koontz
 
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Life Changing, Dramatic
The Taking

I loved this book. It was a page turner for me from the first time I picked it up. I was so surprised by the ending and so pleased. It gave me hope for the future of the people of this world.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
My Sister's Keeper

I was amazed by this book and the outcome.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Optimistic, Beautiful
Friday Night at Honeybee's

This book was an interesting and different look at the 60's in which I grew up. I was so intrigued that jazz was so popular then and that people lived their lives for it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Fun, Beautiful
The Longest Trip Home

This book made me laugh hysterically and cry so hard. I couldn't put it down. John Grogan's family were very special and I enjoyed their interaction so much.

The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Optimistic
The Accidental Mother

I enjoyed the book even though it was very predictable. Sometimes you need a "fluff" book to read and this one was perfect for that.

 
Slow, Dramatic, Difficult
The Shipping News

I found this book difficult to read. I'm glad I finished it as it was well written and I really liked the last paragraph but I got weighed down while reading it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

We learned so much about the Nazi occupation of England with this book but it was also a heartwarming tale of the connection between people who love to read.

Ape House: A Novel by Sara Gruen
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Unconvincing
Ape House

I was fascinated by this book from the very beginning. There is such a love between the bonobo's and Isabel that I wanted to be able to just be in their presence.

The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Brilliant
Magician's Assistant

I loved the way the family and Sabine came to love each other so much. It is a beautiful book about lost love and new found peace.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

This is a courageous tale about a little girl who took care of her Mother until she was rescued by her Great Aunt Tootie. CeeCee was finally given a chance to be a little girl and was loved by many.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Sarah's Key

Sarah made a choice when she was taken as a prisoner during World War II in France. That choice left her a broken and tormented person.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Insightful
Left Neglected

I really liked this book, however, I liked Still Alice so much better. They are both by Lisa Genova. I had no idea what it would be about. I found Sarah very brave. Her relationship with her Mother and children changed so dramatically after the accident and it was uplifting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Dramatic
Unbroken

Until I read this book I had no idea who Louis Zamerini was and what he went through as a captive of the Japanese Army. I hadn't realized either how very badly he was treated. It broke my heart.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Room

I was so moved by the characters. Even though they had been through years of torment they still persevered and helped themselves.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Beautiful
Modoc; the World's Greatest Elephant

I was entralled with this beautiful story. My love for animals told me to treat them with love but until I read this book I hadn't realized how intelligent and loving elephants could be. It is an absolutely wonderful book full of drama, excitement, and adventure.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
The Language of Flowers

While I liked the book overall I got a little tired of Victoria's negative attitude. She had due reason but I got impatient with her not being able to care for anyone.

Defending Jacob by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Defending Jacob

Very seldom does a book interest me from the first paragraph but this one did. I couldn't put it down and was so surprised at the ending. The book made me think of my own child and what I would've done.

The Daughter She Used To Be by Rosalind Noonan
 
Slow, Poorly Written, Boring
The Daughter She Used to Be

I am not a fan of Nicholas Spark's books...way too smary for my taste and this book reminded me of them. At points in the book the author would add information that wasn't even pertinent to the story. I didn't even finish it.

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