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Our group talked for an hour and a half over this book. From the part that resonated with us most to least we covered all the aspects of this book. Our discussion took us almost chapter by chapter through the material.
It was lively and engaging. One of our best book groups!
A great book about a heavy topic. We had a lot of great conversation about characters, locations and the situations.
We liked this book, a lot. Some of us had a hard time getting in to it but once we read on, we were hooked. Not what we were expecting--we thought it would be more like he steps in and tells people how to live their lives, but it wasn't like that.
Not everyone in the group liked the book. When that happens we have our liveliest discussions. This book had great questions in the discussion guide and that gave us a great jumping off point. We couldn't decide the genre of the book--is it part romance, part western or historical fiction.
We had a lively discussion with Broken For You. Analyzing the biblical implications of the title to the intricate relationships between characters. Some of the group liked the book, some LOVED the book and some struggled to finish. That always makes for good discussion. There was something for everyone in this book.
One of the best discussions our group has ever had was centered around The Help. We didn't even use the discussion guide because our own analysis and discussion was lively and ongoing. We could have discussed the book for hours, unfortunately, we didn't have hours.
Some of us had never read the book although we knew the story quite well, so it was fun to compare our previous knowledge with the actual story. It was dark, yet rich. All of us said we read sections aloud because the language begged us to do so.
So many plot threads, so many rich characters--this book gave us much to discuss. We had a lively talk about characters, plot, and the twists and turns the author took us on.
We all enjoyed the book but didn't have much to talk about. We agreed the book was a lighter read.
Great conversation about Warsaw during WWII. One of our book group members has been there and was able to describe the architecture and atmosphere, which added to our discussion.
It's a dense, rich novel. We had great fun discussing characters--major and minor.
Lots to talk about, especially since most of us had seen the movie also. The book and movie are significantly different but both are great fun.
This book and our discussion were pure fun. We had a lot to talk about--trying to figure out who the characters represented and wondering how plausible the story is. From the settings to the characters we never stopped talking.
Everybody in our group had such a different reaction to the book--it made for great discussion!
This got a mixed review from our reading group. It was split half-and-half between those who liked it and those who loved it. We had fun dissecting the characters, the setting and the plot.
It was a challenge to read. Most of us didn't finish but we all gave it a good try. We had fun talking about the characters--who we liked best and least, and which one is most like us.
We had a great, lively discussion about this novel--the setting, the characters, the myriad of adventures and stories within the story.
There was much to discuss with this book. We agreed that overall it left us feeling melancholy. We did like how Olive is significant in each of the stories, and enjoyed the format of the book.
From analyzing characters and relationships, art and psychiatry, we had our best discussion ever for the Swan Thieves. The nature of obsession was the focal point of our discussion and we could have talked much longer. This is a novel that everyone in the group raved about, which is unusual for this group!
Not our best meeting or discussion, although it was an interesting book. Most of us thought there were too many gaps in the experiences--it would move from one situation to another without fully explaining what happened between the situations.
There wasn't much to discuss with this book. The characters were one-dimensional. It was fun, but not a book group book.
The Lunch Bunch couldn't stop talking about the characters and setting--what seemed realistic and what didn't. We had a very lively discussion about this book.
There was plenty of material to discuss. A very lively discussion.
Some of us enjoyed it, some of us didn't get into it. But we did have a good discussion about the settings and characters.
This book is a great book group choice. There is so much to talk about from the setting, to the characters, to the stories and how they twine together. One of our favorite discussion points was discussing which characters we most related to.
We had a great conversation about this book--from the charm of the "old world" colliding with the "modern world" to what exactly was the Major's Last Stand, there was never a dull moment.
In our attempt to include classics in our slate of books, we enjoyed A Tale Of Two Cities. Most of us struggled to get into it but once we did, the reading was much easier and we enjoyed the story. There was so much to talk about!
This book offered us a lot to talk about--some things we raved about, some things--not so much. But choosing books that not everyone enjoys is the beauty of a book group. We all agreed that we liked the descriptions of the paper making process.
Even though it's a dark book, when we put it in context (it was written in 1961) we were able to explore the themes and characters from that perspective. We had a great discussion about this dark novel.
This creative book led to some very creative discussions! We had a lot to talk about and had a great time with it.
Some members of my book group liked it, lived it, or hated it. That always makes a very exciting and stimulating book talk.
Although we enjoyed the book, there just wasn't enough to sustain a good book discussion. It was interesting but the characters were mostly one-dimensional.
We had a lot of fun discussing our favorite adventures and characters.
Not everyone in the group loved the book so that always makes instant discussion. But this book had much to discuss on its own. We analyzed characters, motives, repercussions, and the tangled relationships they have. Although we all had an idea how the story would unfold, we enjoyed the twists and turns to get there.
We had a blast talking about this book. A lot of comparisons with the movie, but the novel is a richer experience.
This seemingly simple book turned into one of the most complex discussions we\\\\\\\'ve ever had. We talked non-stop for over an hour about characters and motives. The more we talked, the more there was to talk about.
One of our best discussions! Each chapter gave us so much to reflect on and to try to apply.
We loved this book! It's rare that a book appeals to all of us, in our eclectic group but this book had something that appealed to everyone.
We had much to discuss--relationships, technology, school climate, anonymity, and lots more. All of us were drawn into the story but it was not unanimously loved.
We had plenty to talk about--characters, settings, relationships!
We had much fun discussing the stories, and discussing the contributions that the author made by creating the detective genre.
We couldn\\\'t decide how the book ended! It was one of our livelier discussions because we talked about characters, motives, points of view, setting, atmosphere, writing, and everything in between.
We talked about all the characters and the subtleties of the descriptions of the tea service.
Because we are a Maine based group, we related to the setting of the book. There is much to discuss--relationships, redemption, and the lies we tell ourselves.
Some members of our group don\\\'t enjoy fantasy fiction, but everyone was able to enjoy the rich language, vivid characters, and eerie setting.
We loved talking about all the interesting characters and pop-culture references. We were charmed by the book and overall we enjoyed it (even our curmudgeon liked it!).
Not as heavy fare as we normally read, we had fun with it.
We had fun talking about all the characters and their plights.
A great book group selection--lots of twisty plot turns and interesting characters to dissect.
It's similar to Forrest Gump, only Swedish.
There was a lot to talk about--from characters, to motives, to emotions, to atmosphere. We didn't all love it, but we liked it.
We had a lively discussion about this book! From the characters, the setting, and the humor, it made for a great book talk.
There was plenty to talk about- -from the myth to the real-time story.
We enjoyed the characters, setting, and how visual the book was. After talking about our favorite characters, we pretended we were going to make a movie of it and cast it!
We found the book a bit long, although we were all quite taken with the author's writing. There were some sections that didn't connect with the overall arc of the story.
The narrative of the book spans hundreds of years and my book group enjoyed the historical story more than the present day story. We had much to talk about!
The three story lines gave us much to discuss.
We had quite a lively discussion about this book.
Although we didn't dislike the book, it seemed there wasn't a lot to talk about.
We had plenty to talk about! Some of us couldn't decide if we enjoyed the book, but we all agreed that it was masterful storytelling.
This was quite a challenge for most of us, but the thoughtful discussions we had were worth the effort.
The men in our group thought this was historical chick-lit, but other than that criticism, we had so much to talk about. We analyzed relationships between all of the characters. We speculated why the author used a couple of plot devices. It was a great discussion.
We were charmed by this story. And there was a lot to discuss!
This book offered a lot to talk about--from characters to motives, to family dynamics.
We had a great discussion based on the characters--how each changed over the novel. Very interesting. The Guinness World Record facts were fun!
We enjoyed this book and all the characters--lots to discuss. So many ways the characters wound together at the end. A real treat!
We love talking about books--so this book was described as a love letter to books. So many books to discuss, characters to enjoy, etc.
We had so much to discuss, from the characters to the historical setting, to the writing style.
There is so much going on in this book that it gave us plenty to talk about. One of our livelier discussions, for sure.
Great discussion stemming from the hero angle. Some of us LOVED it some of us were meh.
There was much to discuss with this book--from choosing the genre to character analysis.
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