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A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful

Because A Man Called Ove is so slow, I struggled to reach the point, which—when revealed—was poignant. Although a sweet read, I wish the journey had been more engaging.

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

The Glass Castle remains one of my all time favorites! I have often wondered at the “inside” lives of the desperate and poverty stricken homeless we sometimes cross. This book takes you there and holds back nothing. Great read!

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful

The German Girl: A Novel by Armando Lucas Correa
 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Still Life by Louise Penny
 
Interesting, Fun, Addictive

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative

My book club’s all-time favorite! We were, one and all, immediately captivated by the story and held fast when we fell in love with the characters. I would have never read this, so I am tickled that a book club member suggested it; otherwise, I would have missed this gem. Read it!

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

To Kill a Preacher by E Paul Jones
 
Informative, Confusing, Beautiful

Although poorly written, the story was engaging and insightful—written by a participant and trusted member of the community!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic

Big Little Lies is a difficult read because of the racist stereotypes and subject matter. I am unsure if such characterization was purposefully done in order to focus on the discrimination or nit. My book club did have much discussion about racism, making the read worthwhile; however, I found the generalizations proved irritating, which is why I rated this book three stars and labeled it “difficult.”

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

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Addictive
Compelling

The plot is one that grabs you right away, and the short chapters keep the intrigue high and the subject matter from being too morose. I read this quickly and enjoyed finding out how the characters came together, as well as discovering the sad history of the mental facilities of old. Nice book club selections! I’d read this author again.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Adventurous
Mindhunter

Mindhunter explains the science behind criminal acts we hear about every day while chronicling the evolution of profiling that is the personal story of John Douglas. This book is a captivating autobiography of a forensic pioneer whose ideas helped changed criminal detection in our lifetimes. Although the actual cases listed are disturbing, the raw exposition leaves us at enough distance that we can keep on reading. Fascinating!

 
Brilliant, Epic, Boring

This book is one of my all time favorites because the main character becomes your adopted friend. This story could be a how-to book about accepting those who are different from us while we fall in love with him and his story.

 
Romantic, Beautiful, Dramatic

An easy and fun read, but the story was unconvincing and the premise, somewhat thin. The main character was quite judgmental for someone young and ignorant of the inner workings of state programs for children.

 
Fun, Optimistic, Adventurous

A fun read with different characters than my usual reads: elderly, quirky, and eccentric. I enjoyed the ride.

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative

 
Addictive, Dramatic, Interesting

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
 
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

From the first chapter, I wanted to know more. Female spies during the war is NOT a boring, historical read! I didn’t want it to end!

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
 
Romantic, Informative, Interesting

 
Dramatic, Adventurous, Dark

The Goldfinch deserves to be a Pulitzer winner in that it contains some of the most beautiful prose I’ve read. The atmosphere is gloomy, however, so if you are a reader who tires of rain and cloudy days, you might want to choose otherwise; but the writing is worth every minute in this book’s company.

 
Brilliant, Informative, Adventurous

This book is a portrait of the addicts in our lives who try to live their addictions in secret and eventually fail, fodder for great discussions. This is not a literary masterpiece, nor do I believe it was meant to be. It is an easy read and a great way to introduce needed talking points for us all.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

IF you are a Jane Austen fan, as well as a P.D.James mystery reader, you will adore this book. Engaging and absorbing, this novel answers your questions about Elizabeth Bennet’s happily ever after AND adds a mystery to boot! Loved it! (Loved the movie afterwards.)

 
Informative, Insightful, Slow

I really enjoyed the book, but I wish I had more time to read it because it reads like a textbook!

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