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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Dark
Great book, not a lot of fun to read

One person in our group mentioned that she really loved this book, but didn't necessarily enjoy reading it. I think it's very easy to overlook the depth of Never Let Me Go because of the style in which it's written. Great moral ambiguity which leads to good discussion. Overall, highly recommend for book clubs.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
Fun, but with a dark twist

Bernadette by herself is probably enough to stimulate an hour's worth of conversation. The humor really appealed to everyone, and many appreciated how real the dark side of the humor was. I also think the format in which the story was told was intriguing to a lot of the group members (told through documents collected by Bee).

Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Interesting, Insightful
Cloud Atlas

I would recommend this for book groups, with one large caveat (or multiples). We take a break in December, so we assigned this book for January, which meant the group had 2 months to read it. I think that was a mistake, as the book takes a little more concentration than the others we\\\'ve read, so it was very easy for people to set it aside. It also wasn\\\'t a great choice for over the holidays. However, the conversation we did have was pretty great, so if your group is up for a challenge, I would highly recommend this.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic
The title ain't lyin'

I think this is another one of those, I'd recommend it with many caveats. Great topics for discussion, but not necessarily an enjoyable read. Many spots hit too close to home, so the satire was lost. Very timely, though.

Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Interesting, Brilliant
Ancillary Justice

This book has so many potential discussion points, the gender neutral language only being one of them. The biggest challenge for many people was the genre, but once we got past that most people were really into the story. I\\\'d highly recommend this for any group looking for a challenge.

Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful

The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
The Bees

While the majority of the group liked this book, it didn't blow anyone away. The conversation stalled out a lot, too, which made it seem more painful. Overall, we agreed it was a fascinating topic and well-written, but it didn't lend itself to a very lively discussion.

El Deafo by Cece Bell
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Graphic, Fantastic
El Deafo

This was a great graphic novel memoir to start out with for a group that isn't all that familiar with the format. It's physically easy to read and follow and the story is really touching. Highly recommend for adults who are new to graphic novels.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fun
Will Grayson Will Grayson Discussion

Overall I think most of the group enjoyed this book, but the discussion did lag at times. Most people appreciated having a lighter book to read over the summer, so I think this was a good choice for this time of year.

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