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Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Looking at life through a dog

This is a wonderful book written from a dog's perspective. It was some very insightful ideas about life as a human and how to deal with various challenges we face.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Slow
Odd circumstances lead to odd relationships

I found it interesting to follow the relationships and bonds that formed between the various characters under circumstances where they would not normally have any connection to the other person. The book inspired me to listen to more opera. It gave me a greater appreciation for that style of music.

 
Slow, Boring, Insightful
Waste of Time

I struggled to finish this book. It never grabbed me and whenever I put it down, I had a hard time wanting to continue the story. I felt very little connection to any of the characters and didn't really care about their lives.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
You can never predict what may follow from an action you do today

I found this an interesting read. There was drama, suspense. I was moved to consider what I would do if put in a similar situation. The book was insightful about cultures that I was not very familiar. But all cultures face similar problems, only with different masks.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Inspiring
Short Stories with a Common Thread

The book is a series of 8 short stories about various families who have owned the same piece of art and the effect the painting has on each of them. It's a study on the effect that art has on one and how to put a price on it when it could determine your survival. It's very difficult to keep all the characters and short stories straight for discussion purposes. It's best to view it as an overall study on the effect that art can have rather than a study of various characters and family dynamics. The organization of the book made it interesting and enjoyable.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
An interesting, quick read

I found the book very enjoyable. It's interesting to read about other cultures and how women are viewed. Always makes for a great discussion.

 
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
Not exciting read

I did not find this book very interesting. There was little character development and I didn't find myself attaching to any of the characters or caring about them.

House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Fast moving, insightful read

The book was a quick read. It was insightful as you learned about Aspergers Syndrom from various prospectives. I found it interesting with some mystery and several different relationships going on. It lead to a lively discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Eye Openning Read

This book really openned my eyes to what is going on in North Korea today. Scary to know that so many people are trying to survive in this declining country and to read true accounts on how a few manage to get out.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Wonderful history lesson

I found this book extremely interesting and informative. I did not know anything about President James Garfield and found his life facinating. Learning about America and the general thought at that time period was eye openning. This was not a boring history lesson!

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
A common love of flowers brings understanding and love that crosses barriers

The author did a fantastic job of helping us really understand the characters inhibitions and actions due to their circumstances and history. The book was inspiring and ended with a feeling of hope and renewal.

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Twists and Turns Keep You Guessing

An interesting read with many twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Second half moves along very quickly. The author is very thorough in creating a complex story.

Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Quick read, wonderful interwoven stories, good for discussion

Our book club enjoyed reading the book and had some insightful discussions. Many of us were not aware of the orphan trains before reading the story. It was informative and a beautiful story of an unlikely friendship developing.

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Informative
Lacking Character Development

I felt the book had an interesting story but none of the characters were developed enough to really make an impact on me. It was a quick read and enjoyable, but I was hoping for more depth to the story and characters to make it more convincing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Very interesting glimpse into history

I found the story very interesting and insightful. I only wish it was more nonfiction, less fiction.

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

Nice character development as you understand the different characters reactions to events, what what drives them.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Fun, Insightful
Beautiful story, cleverly unveiled

This is a beautiful story about a seemingly ordinary man. Little by little, his life story is revealed, and we glimpse into the reason for his behavior. Interesting side characters show how any one can influence us.

The Perfume Collector: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
Interesting Character Development

While not a favorite book, it was enjoyable and the characters were interesting. I enjoyed the writing style, switching between time periods and finding out about different characters.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Could it happen to you?

Interesting story on mental health and all we really don't know about how the brain works and what may trigger problems.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Epic
Family Connections

Loved this book as it explored two sisters and various descendants of them. Lots of mini stories that weave into previous stories as you discover family connections. The book was insightful as you learn about struggles and typical life problems of each generation.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Adventurous
Fast moving mystery with twists

This was an enjoyable read. As the story unfolds, there are twists and turns, leaving you guessing what really happened and what will happen. A few situations don't seem realistic, but still enjoyable.

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