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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant
Captivating and Unique

This was a nice find. I learned a little about India, various zoo animals and Pi's spirit.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
 
Romantic, Beautiful, Interesting
Sweet and Emotional

One of the fastest books I've ever read. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. This was such a nice, easy read. It was also a very touching book. A real hope to find love again to those who have loved and lost. I recommend reading the book first before watching the DVD.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
 
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
Amazing and Awesome

Wow. Wow. Wow. I enjoyed this book so much. I've read it three times now. The storyline is so well thought out. The adventure is heart-pounding. This is an intelligent thrill ride. Dan Brown does such wonderful research before writing his books. There's a cover page with the tag line "FACT" to state what is actual fact out of this believable fiction novel. I was completely drawn in. This is the prequel to The Da Vinci Code though both books can stand alone. While I really enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons was my favorite Dan Brown novel. I can't wait for the movie.

The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
 
Unconvincing, Interesting, Adventurous
Sweet and Wonderful

I am so glad we chose this for a book club read. We had such a fun discussion of "what might have been". Or if we could relive moments in our life would we? What would we change? The three ladies in The Summerhouse are so easily likeable. I wish I could thank Jude Deveraux personally for this enjoyable book I enjoyed reading and reading again.

 
Dark, Adventurous, Confusing
Magical and Magnificent

I was dreaming spells and charms for days. The entire series is so captivating. Thank you J. K. Rowling for your gift of storytelling.

 
Difficult, Boring, Unconvincing
An Anti-Climactic Epic

Daughter of Fortune left me wanting more. I understand that the book was set in mid-1800s, that the characters and people discussed at length are used to not having answers to everything. However, as a reader, I felt let down when I've invested so much time reading - a fascinating novel - only to have the ending drop flat. I literally read the last sentence and sighed, "hrmp".

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
 
Romantic, Beautiful, Interesting
Heart-felt and Heart-wrenching

Our Book Club agreed that this book had great life lessons. We all agreed that the lesson of the 5 balls was something we could apply to our life. This book is definitely worth reading.

 
Romantic, Inspiring, Beautiful
Classic Goodness

It was very nice to read Jane Eyre with a group. I appreciated the review of everyone in our book club. It was a great opportunity to be more in depth with the story than what I originally understood. It is a book with old style English that could be misinterpreted. I followed up by watching the 1983 mini-series staring Timothy Dalton. It was wonderful.

 
sweet and tender

What a lively discussion we had at our book club about Love Comes Softly. The topics ranged from arranged marriages to gratitude for modern conveniences!

The Sunflower : A Novel by Richard Paul Evans
 
Sweet and Special

Such a sweet simple story. I am so grateful to have read this book. The only wish I have would be that it wasn't so short - and yet, the brevity of the tale left such a lasting impression.
I really liked the comments at each chapter heading. They were certainly words of wisdom.
If you enjoy the works of Mitch Albom, you'll love this book.

 
Fast paced and awesome.

When I first read this book eight years ago I was amazed. Still the storyline captivates me.

 
Dramatic, Brilliant, Informative
A Grim Fairy Tale Fraught with Peril

** spoiler alert ** So, I opened the book to a random page and was immediately immersed in the most brutal horrifying child mutilation I could stomach. This was for book club or would have promptly shelved it - with hope of washing the excerpt from my mind forever. However, starting from the beginning and enduring through, I realized this is becoming a bad taste in my mouth where I was left with the hope that in time it would finally become more palatable. . .

This was a HUGE 180 from my most recent WWII non-fiction, the 5 book series Children of the Promise by Dean Hughes, of which I highly recommend if you are in need of something redeeming.

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
 
Irreverent and quirky

I prefer the cover art with Haven Kimmel's photo as a child. It's much more appropriate and shows her as the large eyed, sparsely haired, inquisitive representative of her memoir.
'Zippy's' irreverent take on life is the basis of the story as she interacts with her quirky family and larger than life neighbors.

Kindred by Octavia butler
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Informative
Pre-Civil War Plantation life gets a visit from the future.

A time travel fantasy interwoven among the reality of pre-civil war slavery.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Perilous Parenting

The fact that these events all happened to one family astonishes me.

I will never look at a U-Haul truck the same again. That goes the same for numerous daily things I take for granted. The children were in harms way their entire childhood. While I would never knowingly put my children (uh - that baby) in perilous situations, I gained a vivid perspective to why I should not judge others.

Jeannette Walls wrote in a way that keeps the reader focused on the events of her life without embellishment. Clearly this was the life she had to work with and she didn't sentimentalize or sugarcoat by any means. Also, there weren't flourishing paragraphs of daydreams and heartfelt wishes. Jeannette Walls, even as a child, was focused. She was an industrious taskmaster with goals and inspirations.

I am curious to know how others think. If instead, Jeannette Walls was raised to become uneducated and ignorant, aside from never having her memoir, would we think her life was any less tragic? Or, because she 'rose above' her station in life, became a productive member of society, that somehow the sins of the parents deserve absolution? Should she be grateful for this life of deprivation because it's made her the person she is today?

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
we ended up switching books mid-month for lack of support after two readers (one of which suggested it) said it wasn't worth the time.

I didn't even crack it open after the person who suggested the book pulled out and suggested another book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The fact that these events all happened to one family astonishes me.

* I will never look at a U-Haul truck the same again. *

There are numerous daily things I take for granted. The children were in harms way their entire childhood.
I gained a vivid perspective to why I should not judge others.

Jeannette Walls wrote in a way that keeps the reader focused on the events of her life without embellishment. Clearly this was the life she had to work with and she didn't sentimentalize or sugarcoat by any means. Also, there weren't flourishing paragraphs of daydreams and heartfelt wishes. Jeannette Walls, even as a child, was focused. She was an industrious taskmaster with goals and inspirations.

I am curious, if Jeannette Walls was instead uneducated and ignorant, would we think her life was any less tragic? Or, because she 'rose above' her station in life, became a productive member of society, that somehow the sins of the parents deserve absolution? Should she be grateful for this life of deprivation because it's made her the person she is today?

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Motivational

This book had me tearing up in spite of the sophomoric writing. You would have to be heartless to not appreciate the efforts of Greg Mortenson. And believe me, the co-author LOVES Greg Mortenson.

My eyes were opened to the culture of Pakistan and Afghanistan though it was the humble people of the region to which my heart was opened.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
Robert Langdon is a facinating character.

A thrill ride of a book. The pace continues at heart pounding quickness. What a facinating book. Really enjoyable.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Beautiful
A Delightful Breath of Fresh Air

I feel like I should break into song, "The hills are alive, with the sound of music. . . .ah ah ah ahhhhhhhhh."

This is such a refreshingly, tender, sweet, empowering, impressive, lyrical tale - just chock full of words of wisdom.

~*~*~The poetry and songs throughout are beautiful.~*~*~

Shannon Hale, I'm a huge fan.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Romantic, Fun
~*~*~*~As You Wish~*~*~*~

I love the Princess Bride. It's been a favorite movie for years and years. To finally read it after all the years of enjoying the movie, well, let's just say - it's about time.

William Goldman wrote the screenplay for The Princess Bride as well as this abridgment of S. Morgenstern's work. Although, Mr. Goldman would say "it wasn't so much an abridgment as just 'keeping in the really good parts' and skimming over the rest". If you've seen the movie and love the characters Feezik and Inigo you will enjoy the added back story. I'm glad I read the book.

Just a side note about Mr. Goldman's comments throughout the book - unarguably this was a tale of 'true love and high adventure' and yet Mr. Goldman infused his own memoir of a failed marriage and poor parenting throughout. His own reality was, at times, distracting and more often than not, self-depreciating.

 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
The world is a beautiful place

There is so much to see and do around the world. The opportunity was given to the author to enjoy her time Eating, Praying and eventually Loving.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun
Entertaining

Be young again and enjoy the mystery of this Newbery Medal winning book.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Wildly Addictive Adventure

Read Nov. 2008. A fascinating young adult novel set in the distant future. It was recommended by Stephenie Meyer on her website the summer of 2008.
I think The Hunger Games will become a very popular book. I couldn't put this one down and read the last 200+ pages into the wee hours of the morning. It wasn't until I got to the very last page and read the words END OF BOOK ONE that I realized I just got hooked on a new series.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Unique

A very human story about a man and the love of his life dealing with a very supernatural affliction.

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