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Marley and Me by John Grogan
 
Fun, Adventurous, Inspiring
Well worth reading

Overall our club enjoyed reading Marley and Me.
It wasn't a challenging read by any means, in fact many of our members found themselves skimming through many pages, finding some of the story monotonous.
However we all were able to relate with some portion of the familys lives. A few of us even had our own "special" dogs with their own quirks.
Each member was brought to tears, by this story of love and loss, but we also found ourselves laughing our way through the whole book.
Marley and Me was an uplifting read, and we encourage other groups to try the book.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
 
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
Entertaining with a lot to discuss

The book was fast paced with many predictable as well as unpredictable twists and turns.
It provided a great deal of information on the Vatican that many of our readers had not known prior. Much of the book was a historical learning experience.
Dan Browns website helped us in the areas that were visually lacking. We all seemed to connect to the story better with having seen photos of the actual churches, and artwork.
We all agreed that we enjoyed Da Vinci code better, however Angels and Demons was well worth the read. It was interesting to see how Robert Langdons character was prior to Da Vinci Code.

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Fictional Novel in Diary Format set in the pioneer days

Would most definitely recommend for a lively discussion.
Our group overall really enjoyed this novel. It brought about many different viewpoints on issues of what is savage and what isn't, was it believable or not? Could this and does this sort of thing happen in todays society? Parts of the novel horrified us and others made us laugh out loud. The ending was predictable but still a most enjoyable read overall.
A must read!

Escape by Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Liked it and disliked it at the same time

This book was similar to seeing a car accident. You don't really want to look but you can't help it. I felt compelled to keep reading this book despite the fact that at times her stories seemed off and a little contradictory. I'm sure most of it was true and very very sad. I felt strongly for her and her children and was saddened to know people live like this. The story was well written and easy to read. It did lead to a very lively book club discussion. It helped that one of our members was a former prosecutor who dealt with a lot of domestic abuse cases. The book overall got a thumbs up at our discussion, but it wasn't one of our favorites.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Graphic
Fun Easy Guilty Pleasure Read

Loved this book so much I went on to read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series. It was like a sexy vampire soap opera in book form. The main character Sookie finds herself in love with all the wrong men, or rather supernatural beings in a small backwoodsy town in Louisiana. It is a quick easy read that keeps your attention and keeps you laughing at times. Can't wait to see the HBO series.

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
A great read for heated discussions

I have to be honest I was unable to read the book. My mind would wander a bit with her style of writing. So I ordered the audible version from i-tunes and it went smoothly. I was finished in 2 days. This book brought about so many different discussions and emotions within our book club. I was pleased that everyone of us had a different take on almost every event in this tragic story. I would definitely recommend this book to other clubs.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Graphic
Quick graphic read about Jenna's experiences in the sex industry

I went into reading this with an open mind. What people choose to do with their lives is their business. I was at times shocked by some of the things that happened to Jenna, and saddened by others. I think a lot of the bad was perpetuated by drugs and alcohol. With that said I wouldn't and couldn't do the stuff she did unless I was on something. The book was interesting and I loved her style of writing. Much of the book was skim reading but I was still intent on reading to the end. Glad I did. I would recommend this book to other clubs! As women we need to venture out of our comfort zones and try new things which include books we wouldn't normally read.

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