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Fun, Difficult, Dark
Difficult to read

I was the only person to actually finish this book in my club. I can see why, it was challenging to make yourself read something that seems ridiculous and unecessary. I felt the zombie aspect of the book was contrived and unconvincing. I could actually see where the second author came into play and dumbed down the book. All this was so disappointing as I thought a "Zombie" Pride and Predjudice would be great fun.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Interesting Read

This was a great book club read. Everyone enjoyed the story and took a little bit of it away.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Insightful
Author paints beautiful world for Artemesia.

This is a must read for your book club! The imagery and beauty in which the author tells the story of real-life Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi is superb. While the story is fiction, the major events are fact. Vreeland keeps you held in suspense through the trial and subsequent marriage. When Artemesia spreads her wings, you soar with her. Highly recommended.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Forces you to think from a different viewpoint

I must admit Little Bee was not my favorite read. However, it did make me see things through her eyes, her very vivid eyes! The author conveys Little Bee's world with such emphasis and emotion you will think about this book long after you're finished reading it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Wonderful Read

I can't recommend this book enough for your next book club. Such a delight to read and a wonderful story of American history. Read it!

Dismantled: A Novel by Jennifer Mcmahon
 
Scary, Dark, Interesting
Rough read...

This is one to read with the lights on! Creepy and strange, this wasn't my favorite book. This is the first book I haven't recommended, so that means I really didn't like it. The characters were very unappealing, making it difficult to really feel a connection and cheer them on through the novel. Sorry, two thumbs down!

 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Unconvincing, Fun
Dark Lover

This was a fun book to read when your club needs a break from all the "thinkers" you've been reading every month. Our club enjoyed the silliness and vocabulary presented in the love story of Wrath and Beth. It's a bit ridiculous at times and not exceptionally well written, but it will provide a fun summer escape for everyone!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Cleopatra's Daughter

This book starts off fast then tapers off for a slow, but interesting middle and finishes with a bang! I believe the best parts of this novel are the historical and author's note at the end. It really adds fullness to the picture of the real characters lives. I recommend this for any book club because you glean a small piece of history while being pulled into the intrigue and subterfuge of the Roman Empire. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Excellent Book Club Pick

You won't be disapointed. This is a great book for any book club--it inspires challenging conversation and insights into America's past.

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

This was an interesting book that was a little slow to get through. I would recommend it to other book clubs as there are social issues that can be discussed at length.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Dramatic
A nice easy read

The American Heiress was a book I wasn't excited to read. However, once into the 3rd chapter I couldn't put it down! The characters were strong and the book had enough intrigue and compelling characters to run to the finish. This was a nice light book to read between heavy hitters!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Adventurous
Interesting book

The author shares her salacious story of traveling to Brunei to join the Prince's harem. It's definitely eye opening to the extravagance of their world and the emotional tolls it takes on the women who are part of this culture. There was plenty of oportunity for discussion around the character's choices and actions. Definitely an interesting book to read as a group!

The Dinner by Herman Koch
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
Interesting Read for Book Clubs

This book is a great conversation piece. The characters provide a solid base for the book and it\\\\\\\'s interesting the different paths each family chooses to take. I think we can all put ourselves in their shoes and come up with different outcomes...a good read to challenge your club with!

 
Inspiring, Slow, Poorly Written
Wanted it to be better

This book sounded so interesting, so much so that it was my book club pick! Turned out the first 50% of the book was really engaging, and then it turned into a dud. Storylines were abandoned, characters didn't stay true to the setup and it really made a turn for the worse.
The book also had some issues with word use and phrases that would not have been used during the time period. I'm chalking that up to German to English translation issues.

Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Addictive, Inspiring

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