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Slow, Gloomy, Confusing
Wuthering Heights

It is not a relaxing read. I only got though half of it, then I must admit I read the summary on Wikipedia!

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Handle With Care

I think the author has a wonderful way of putting thoughts on paper.At times would stop and refect on the wriiten words. Other than that I can't say I enjoyed the story in this book. I guess the setting in New Hampshire reflects what it says on their license plates "Live Free or Die.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Optimistic, Interesting
Town House has great characters

I enjoyed getting to know the people in this book

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help starts off in 1 direction and takes you to another!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Insightful
Read this book

 
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
save the calories don't bother with "... Eating Bon Bons"

2 1/2 stars. I liked it but I didn't like it. The first chapter intoduced too many people at once. After a while the stories held my interest but I was never truly sure about whom the chapter was about as it related to the first chapter. But I liked it enought to stick with it to the end.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Insightful
Friday Night Knitting Club

Friday Night Knitting Club will make you realize the importance of having a hobby..a common interest brings interesting friends together!

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dark
Love Thy Neighbour

This book keeps you guessing right to the end. A great easy to read who-done-it

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Gloomy, Boring
JD Salinger can write.

The Catcher and Rye is written in such a way to allow you to feel the thoughts of the main character.

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

Written from a child's perspective makes it easy reading!This was the first book that I read on my new Kobo , so I did not feel how many pages I left to read...I could not believe it ended when it ended! I thought I must have been having technical difficulties! It left me wanting more.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting
I Still Dream About You Honey is Quirky

I liked the quirkiness of this book....How it was all over the place...kind of like me and my life now...but I have not plans like Maggie...

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Adventurous, Interesting
The Gargoyle keeps you guessing

This book gives allot of insight into a recovering burn victim. It also brings you through points of history that make you think.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Cutting for Stone should not be missed

This historical fictional story has wonderful characters whom I loved to get to know

the Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Insightful
typical Maeve Glass Lake

Enjoy reading about family's coping positive.

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Pillars of the Earth Hold strong

Loved everything about this book, story, characters, history, writing....

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun
I Don't Know How she Does it is funny

I liked the book and its setting in England. I don't know how the movie could be set in NYC. Read the book.

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
The Hunger Games left my family hungry

Not my usual type of read; written in a future time and place...BUT I LOVED IT. I neglected grocery shopping and cooking over the weekend I read it!

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
You learn alot at "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"

This story taught me about how people lived in the US during WW II. I loved the characters and their love and respect for each other and all things diffidently the same. LOVE IS LOVE.

 
Beautiful, Brilliant, Fantastic
What the Heck...The Night Circus?

What the heck was that about?

 
Book Club Recommended
Poorly Written, Graphic, Romantic
50 Shades of Soft Porn

I have read volumes 1 & 2 and need to take a break before I tackle volume 3! ,The sex was great but it got in the way of the story at times.If you have read the likes of Johanna Lindsay or Judy Garwood you might be less shocked by things.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
The Next Thing on my List will make you write your own list...

Although it starts off slowly, it picks up pace towards the middle and sprints to a great ending!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Dark
Before I go to Sleep kept me awake too

The way this book kept changing I kept turning the pages never know what I'd read next. The ending? Well...more details please!

Guilty Wives by James Patterson, David Ellis
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Unconvincing
Guilty Wives IS NOT A DANIELLE STEELE

This book starts you thinking it will be about the troubles of ''poor little rich girls''. But woa, is it not!

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Gone Girl changes alot

I can't believe the twists in this book. Usually, I am not thrilled when books are written in two points of view, but because of Amy's diary aspect, it works. I could not put it down!

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
 
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Paris Wife- Unless you have been there and done that, don't bother

I liked this book, I could see where McLain wanted to take us with it and it is well written. But I have never been to Paris, nor have I read any of Hemingway's works. So I could not see the second level that I am sure exists in this book. Readers having been to Paris, or having read Hemingway, go ahead. The others, maybe not.

Gold: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic
Gold by Chirs Cleave is good but not award winning.

I liked this book but I can't say that I loved it. I enjoyed learning about the Olympic strategies, and all that goes with the hard training. The side story of pediatric illness was hard to read at times, but put it all in perspective.The story line held my interest as did Cleave's writing style, telling the tale from different points of view.

 
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
Rules of Civility

It helped me sleep at night. May cause drowsiness.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Light Between the Oceans is tragic

Although I liked this book in general, it was so sad. The writing was great, the history was good to learn and the characters were interesting. WW1 devastated families around the globe even in the the most remote corners of the world. Definitely not a pick-me-up.

 
Poorly Written, Confusing, Boring
She\\\'s Gotta Be Mine...You Gotta Be Kidding!

This book was poorly written and confusing. I had trouble following the story line as it was written from different points of view. \\\'\\\'Murder She Wrote?\\\'\\\' \\\'\\\'Harlequin?\\\'\\\' WOW

Ru: A Novel by Kim Thúy
 
Book Club Recommended
RU is a great read!

This book says allot with few words and pages. It stops and make you think

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
In Defense of Defending Jacob

This book is good because you never know...Read it and you will (or will not) know what I mean...

SECRET: A Novel by L. Marie Adeline
 
S.e.c.r.e.t. is silly

I read it in about two days, It was alright, but silly. It held my attention.

Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Scary
Touch and Go will keep you guessing

This is a great mystery novel! It is a well written who-done-it. Lisa Gardner\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s characters are believable and her story holds your interest.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief is not to be missed

This book comes at you from all angles. It has a calming effect on you and allows you to reflect on the words and on their meaning. The story is great.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
You will likely like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

This book was easy to read and fun to discuss at book club.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
The Husband\'s Secret is interesting

All characters in this book have a secret.It starts off slow, if not dull but It is an easy read, and soon pulls you in to an enjoyable story. Perhaps a bit too coincidental, but it does take place in a small community.

 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing
The Innocent is a good who dunnit

Good for Baldacci fans old and new. The mystery is good and not tooo complicated with tooo many characters ans story lines.

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

The writing, the story, the characters, the messages, the language, the love, the fear...wow. Clear your agenda before you pick up this book! I started it on a Saturday afternoon and finished it a Monday evening.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing
The Mountains Echoed where when?

Although in the end I liked this book, I found it confusing because of the ''I'' point of view changes. I enjoy historical fiction, this one included.

The Painted Girls: A Novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
The Painted Girls is OK

Not being a dancer or someone who appreciates art, this book still managed to hold my interest.

Missing You by Harlan Coben
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Scary
Won\'t Miss You

The writing of this book is adolescent at best. I trudged through it to learn the end of the mystery. I don\'t think I will read Harlan Coben again.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Pointless, Unconvincing
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is not quiet

I enjoyed this book from start to finish! The writing from all perspectives, the way it flows from different points in time, the way the author shares thoughts and feelings makes up for the lack of Bonaventure's words.

 
Book Club Recommended
Gone Tomorrow is a good who-dunnit

Good Lee Childs. Up there with his others

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic
Don't Miss The Fault in Our Stars

This book is all about love and relationships, never mind the diagnosis. If you want to see the movie, read the book first.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Romantic, Addictive
Tripwire is Jack Reacher

Enjoy Lee Child's descriptions of Jack Reacher during this well paced who done-it

Insurgent (Divergent) by Veronica Roth
 
Adventurous, Addictive, Insightful
Insurgent is more of nothing

Violence and a plot with too many holes.

 
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Fantastic, Addictive
Die Trying is a page turner

This book is a real thriller from start to finish. The kind of Lee Child's Jack Reacher story you cannot put down. GREAT BUT after you learn the truth at the end, the decision was a disappointing for an independent woman.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Scary, Interesting
Running Blind is another good one!

I guessed the who but not the how! Good ol\\\' Jack Reacher makes me smile! But there was a loose end to the story with Harper, but don\\\'t let that stop you from reading and really liking this book!

Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
 
Book Club Recommended
Dewey the Cat

Dewey is a great book that takes you though the personal stories of small town community. I liked how the cat is the centre of the circle, the community the state and American history is written.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Orphan Train will take you places...

Being from the East Coast of Canada I frequently heard the name Wabanaki among others like Algonquin, Iroquois alike. I like how the story of the Canoe portage pulls all the story lines together; similar to trains...

The Dinner by Herman Koch
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
The Dinner is cold

What the heck was that? No tip. Although, ultamately I liked this book and it was well translated, so it must be well written in dutch, what a downer of a book. It is not like Gone Girl, as some reviews state, I say it is more like Defending Jacob.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fantastic
The Birth House will keep you at home

This book kept me at home because I enjoyed the story, the theme the characters, THE WOMEN, the scenery so much I could not put it down.

Fall from Grace: A Novel by Richard North Patterson
 
Unconvincing, Confusing, Boring
How can you FALL FROM GRACE when you were never there?

I love a good who-done-it, but this was a don't-care-who...The story line did not hold my interest at all. The author must have had a Thesaurus beside him when he wrote and and thought this would improve his style. Don't bother...

 
Adventurous, Fun
Echo Burning is OK

Lee Child has created a great hero in his Jack Reacher mysteries. Echo Burning is a good story, but not my favorite.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Addictive
ONE SHOT READ THE BOOK, Don\\\\\\\'t see the movie

The book is a great read from start to finish. Lee Child\\\'s Jack Reacher is great.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
 
Adventurous, Romantic, Addictive
Outlander, Really?

I don\'t understand what all the hype is about. This jumpy story, going from present to past to past perfect did not keep me interested. I read about 75% then gave up and then went to Wikipedia to end it quickly.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Addictive
The Burning Room is Michael Connelly at his best.

The burning room is a quick paced fun filled mystery with interesting twists and turns. Harry Bosch has gotten older like we all have!

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Fun, Adventurous
The Escape is worth reading

The Escape is a page turner from start to finish. The Puller brothers are interesting characters I enjoyed getting to know. Not being a military person, I found the abbreviations frustrating at first, but I made myself an abbreviation dictionary.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Addictive

 
Adventurous, Romantic
Too many Malorys in this stormy persuasion

I am usually a big Johanna Lindsey fan, but this story had too much Malory family to go around. I liked the romance between the singles, I followed their love from start to finish, but I could have done with out the rest.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic
Big Little Lies is good on many levels

I am not lying when I say this book is worth reading. Firstly, the description of 'kindy' moms is spot on. Secondly it is interestingly well written. Thirdly the characters are likable and hate-able. Fourthly, the mystery is unveiled slowly. Fifthly, it ends well. Sixthly, ....find out for yourself...

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
All The Light We Cannot See is as good as it sounds!

Doerr has a way with words. Red, yellow, green, blue, violet; as with the colours of the rainbow, this story will take you from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. The short chapters give you time to breath.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Addictive
Be gunned to read Persuader!

Like Lee Child? Like Jack Reacher? You will like this mystery.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Addictive
Jack Reacher is Jack Reacher

Bad luck and trouble has all the elements of other Jack Reacher stories. Fans will love it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Fun, Adventurous
ZERO DAY is a good place to meet John Puller

This book is the John Puller's character's first book. It is a good military mystery set in Cole mining country West Virginia.

 
Dark, Slow, Dramatic
The Goldfinch lessons the meaning of winning A Pulitzer

The only thing going for The Goldfinch is the prose. It is a beautifully written boring depressing, book. It is not a happy.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Addictive
angels flight is good from all angles

If you like Harry Bosch you know you will like this mystery.

Heart of Thunder by Johanna Lindsey
 
Pointless, Romantic, Fun
this is a silly romance

This is a stupid, silly romance. The acts of so called love are too close to rape to be desire. Skip this Johanna Lindsay. Her others are better

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Beautiful, Insightful
all perks

What a lovely, although difficult to read at times, great book. All the characters are interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun
Nothing to lose will find you wanting to read

Jack Reached kicks but between Hope and Despair. Another great mystery.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
The Chaperone is a good read

The Chaperone is a good story of Cora's life from NYC to Wichita Kansas. Cora grows and ages interestingly.

Wildfire In His Arms by Johanna Lindsey
 
Poorly Written, Confusing, Fun
Stay away from the \\\'Wildfire In His Arms\\\'

This was poorly written and confusing. I have read almost all of what Johanna Lindsey has written, and this must be her worst. Whomever took over her pen,does not know how to form a proper sentence. Too bad this might fishtail her career.

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Adventurous
if you like a good mystery, you will like this. Harry Bosch is good.

Real page turner. Great mystery.

 
Dark, Difficult, Interesting
memory man is forgettable

Very well written, good mystery that has far too much going on. Football injury,mass murderer, school shooting, savants, two gendered people. ...

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
girl on a train Is a page turner

It takes a while too figure out where it is going but once clear, it rolls like a great mystery.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
the Rosie Project should be on your to do list

One of the best books I have read in a long time. Funny sad comical I Loved the writing the cast of characters. ...can't wait to start the next one;too bad I have to go to a party now!????

The Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Romantic
the rosie effect is a good project

.almost as Good as the first but not quite. S still a must read

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Addictive
61 hours of adventure

Great story to keep you turnin the page. Love jack reacher

The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge
 
Unconvincing, Poorly Written
THe Replacement Wife should be replaced

I could not get through this boring poorly written story.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
the invention of wings flies all over the place, but lands safely.

The story of slaves in the south and the abolishionists in the north, is an interesting one as told through both perspectives. The overlapping of fictional characters with real ones is fun to read.I was happy to sort all out after in the author's notes.

Stone Cold by David Baldacci
 
Adventurous, Confusing, Persuasive
cold stone is slow in the Centre

Third in a series, it is ok as far as mysteries go. There are two plots that don't really jell, but an ok read none the less.

 
Unconvincing, Boring, Addictive
as Devine justice is part of a collection, you should read it.

If you read the rest of the series you might as well read this book too.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
mr fikry is a great person

This is a nice story that reads well. It makes you chuckle and bring tears to your eyes. I liked the references to other books. The tone of this story is upbeat for some of the plot lines.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Addictive
Without Fail, Does not fail

Jack Reacher is up to his usual routine, throwing out clothes and buying new ones in a new town. AND contributing to solving a mystery and saving lives with his skills.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Informative
the imposter bride is well written ...

...but hard to follow in some chapters. Although interesting, it was easy to get lost in the storyline. I would have preferred a more linear tale. The story is captivating none the less. Set in Montréal, knowing Montréal it is fun to move with the family from street to street.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Gloomy, Insightful
The Rogue Lawyer can help solve crimes BUT warning!

If you like mysteries and John Grisham, you should like this book. It is like reading a collection of short stories. But be warned, Grisham's women in this book are stereotypical;a bitchy ex-wife and a sexy school teacher (really, John?) and add little to the story.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
The Nightingale is a great read.

The Nightingale, is a Rossignol in French I like how the story is set in the present, but most of the chapters are written in the past. The sisters Vianne and Isabelle are both such strong women,and the writer uses their strengths to bring the story along. Such love of life...

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
me before you or you before me

What came first? Lovely story well written about autonomy and life. Great characters, almost too good. 2nd half better than the 1st,

 
Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Adventurous, Addictive
Jack Reacher is Jack Reacher

In this book, Jack starts off drinking coffee and ends up solving a kidnapping mystery. All is well, don't worry with Jack.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
3077=80

What? If you think about it you will get it. The main story is interesting,and cleverly written. The kids and this driver make a good read. The gap chapters make the reader stall. I guess the author was trying to show us thrbook he might have written about these kids if he hadn't written about the bus.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Fantastic, Beautiful
The little prince is ok

I guess I don't get it an afternoon read povides much thought

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Addictive
the last mile is a mystery

The last mile is a mystery, that keeps you interested, but not greatly. The premise is far fetched, the main character being pulled of death row, being pardoned 20 yrs later. And he was a NFL draftee? Hard to believe.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fun
The Nest is a well woven story

Great story! But beware, not only is this family tightly woven, but so is the way it is written. The chapters so not follow sequentially, but rather winder the reader in and out of the lives of its characters. Some sentences were so long, you have to search for the period on the page.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
The Lake House although beautiful might lull you to sleep.

Ever been to a great cottage only to be bored while visiting? Beautifully written, but painfully slow and too many things happening at once, yet the outcome was easy to guess.

The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Graphic, Dark
the drop is ok

the drop is ok. Harry Bosch is a better detective than Michael Connally is a writer in this case.

 
Pointless, Poorly Written, Unconvincing
no choice but to skip pages

dumb boring stupid story. as much as one can love Joanna lindsey, this is a dumb book. very disappointed

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
End of your life bookclub is just ok.

The end of your book club is ok. It starts off with a bounce in its step and then leads into just list of events and lists. Like a to do list. As I write this it occurs to me that this might have been the author's intention....but hey...it is ok

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Unconvincing
The Girl With No Past, has a past, she just doesn't tell us

The Girl With No Past, has a past, she just doesn't tell us about it. The title of this book is misleading, and it bothered me through out. The characters in the present part story are simply not believable, for some one who is supposedly such an introvert the people in her life, as written should not have been trusted.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Inspiring
The Midwife is a must read

The memoirs of Jennifer Worth draw on the beauties of the east end of 1950s London, not the hardships. It is wonderful, we can learn from its history today

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Brilliant
Crossing to safety is safe to read

This book, can jump fromac time to time. As a whole the characters are likable and the shared experiences in site full. I will need someone to explain the ending to me though. Anyone, anyone?

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Unconvincing
Nothing Much in Cabin 10

This mystery kept me reading but it wasn't too believable. Laura's character was hard to get to know, so when the events occurred, I took them all with a grain of salt

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