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Twenties Girl: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Fantastic
Twenties Girl

Charming and Funny!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Dark
Never Let Me Go

Mysterious and Suspenseful!

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Optimistic
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Overcoming obstacles!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
Amtrak BOS to NYP

A quick read, in 4 hours. Enjoyable start to finish. Light but sweet. Loved the New England faux island setting. Reminds me how much I love bookstores.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
Better than "Gone Girl"

Read this book in one sitting. Much more addictive and suspenseful than "Gone Girl."

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Optimistic, Inspiring
Great for book clubs!

Not only was this memoir a thoroughly enjoyable read, but the story also provided our club with our most interesting discussion ever.

 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Informative, Brilliant
A terrific discussion...

Even though most members stated that they disliked the story (& characters), this book provided us with an extremely intense intellectual discussion of literary style, politics, history, and even humor!

The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
Unusual & unique

Book clubs are for breaking you of old habits: Don't always read the same genre!!! I loved this story partly because it was different but also because I learned a lot about bees. Very satisfying read.

 
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Nothing Happened

Kept waiting for something exciting to happen...like watching paint dry

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Adventurous
Is She Real or Not?!

I would have liked this book much better if I knew whether or not Faina is real. That's all I can say.

 
Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Persuasive, Interesting
Opportunity to Share

Instead of evaluating the book, each of us answered 4 Questions of our choosing from a list of Questions, some designed for women who were mothers and some designed for women who were not mothers. (See Below)

The Likeness by Tana French
 
Unconvincing, Interesting, Dramatic
Boring and Slow

After 250 pages, I just didn't care whodunnit. Editor, you dropped the ball! Too slow!

 
Adventurous, Fun, Beautiful
Choose "A Man Called Ove" instead

After reading "A Man Called Ove," this story was disappointing. If I had read this book first, I never would have picked up "A Man Called Ove" which was far more enjoyable. (By the way, I loved the movie, "A Man Called Ove," too!)

 
Addictive, Adventurous, Dramatic

Amazing author! Read every book she has written! Absolutely addicted! (Then watch the series!)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
 
Adventurous, Romantic, Addictive

Absolutely addicted to this author! Read all her books in the series in order! Don't let the length keep you away! Learned history of Jacobites, better than any class in school, plus some Gaelic!

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Addictive, Fun
A different discussion

Usually, our discussions are like High School English class where we answer a list of questions pertaining to interpreting the author's meaning. For this book, we discussed the way we feel about keeping and revealing secrets and the meaning of friendship in our lives.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic
A MUST read

Before you watch the tv series (or even if you have already seen it), read the book to fully understand the dystopian world Atwood created.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Read it when your kids read it

Your kids are going to read this for school so you can simply read it with them!

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

It was hard to read some parts that were upsetting (like all her books) but overall it was an excellent story. Very highly recommended!

 
Informative, Dark, Scary

Very upsetting (but I couldn’t put it down either). Not something I would have chosen on my own. Good thing there are book clubs! Glad to have continued my research online and learned even more about the progress of the case. A great book if you have the guts!

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
 
Interesting, Fantastic, Beautiful

Gives excellent description of small town life in 1906 USA south from perspective of well-to-do white family. Also a love story but in an unexpected way. Takes a while to get used to the lingo of the era/place.

Charming escape.

A Gentleman in Moscow by AMOR TOWLES
 
Beautiful, Brilliant, Insightful

I wondered, “Can an entire book be about one man in one hotel for his whole life? And would that be interesting?!” But the answer is obviously “Yes! And it is!” A rich story filled with details on every page. Not a quick read but absolutely worthwhile. Extremely highly recommended.

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative

Another book that I never would have purchased; luckily, book clubs encourage me to read outside my usual comfort zone! Particularly interested in two chapters but overall a “MUST” read for every woman in the USA. Open your mind and open this book!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark

Cannot recommend a book like this. Very disappointing ending. Absolutely pointless. Possibly interesting to those who relish literary style over plot.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing

Gives insight into a world I never would encounter on my own. Still can’t possibly understand how such families feel. Positive messages for teens. Extremely highly recommended!

People Like Us by Dana Mele
 
Dark, Dramatic, Addictive

Ordinarily I would be upset about recommending a book in the “dead children” genre but this was a really satisfying page-turner, and I always adore a prep school setting. For YA fans, or murder mystery fans.

 
Inspiring, Optimistic, Informative

Incredibly, this was required summer reading at my last school, one of the few required books that were enjoyable. Non-fiction that reads like fiction. The truth is often much more satisfying! Extremely highly recommended!

 
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic

One of my favorite books of all time. Great story, learned a lot, genuine page-turner, satisfying overall. Extremely highly recommended!

 
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring

If your book club hasn’t read this one yet, add it to your list immediately! Something for everyone here: statistics, legal process, news, history, fascinating stories with various endings. Gripping, educational, moving, shocking, hopeful. Non-fiction that reads like fiction half the time. An absolute “MUST” read for all. My #1 recommendation since I read it.

 
Optimistic, Interesting, Informative

Mostly common sense advice for feminists but the descriptions of the specific cultural attitudes were very interesting. Organized and easy to follow on audio. Some suggestions won’t work for every person so it’s not a one-size-fits-all guide.

 
Brilliant, Beautiful, Insightful

A “must-read” book, now at the top of my list of recommendations. Never before did such a long story seem to fly by so quickly. You know you love a story when you’re sorry it’s over. Excellent novel!

 
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic

At the top of my current list of recommendations, a “must-read” story, especially for New Yorkers and fans of historical fiction. How often do you read two absolutely amazing novels in a row?! Rush to buy this book and then read the other by the same author, also fabulous.

 
Insightful, Adventurous, Dark

 
Gloomy, Interesting, Slow

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
 
Interesting, Insightful, Addictive

 
Romantic, Fun, Optimistic

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
 
Fun, Addictive, Interesting

 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Slow, Interesting, Dramatic

 
Gloomy, Scary, Beautiful

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive

 
Dark, Insightful, Beautiful

A Paris Apartment: A Novel by Michelle Gable
 
Interesting, Informative, Addictive

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