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Name : Belinda L.

My Reviews

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
 
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush
 
Fun, Insightful, Informative

The book could have been good. They needed a ghost writer that could have taken all the emotions in this book to a much higher level. It’s too bad, really, because people will dismiss this book because it comes across as boring, due to they style of writing.

 
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic

I’m on the fence about this book. The author contradicts herself in a few places. But, one must remember that she suffered severe emotional trauma, so her memories might be contradictory.

 
Informative, Interesting, Inspiring

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It drew me in and I kept wanting to read more and more. At the end, it became a bit tiresome and made me wonder if this book was about her and the names she could drop or about her son and his experiences.

Magic Hour: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

 
Slow, Interesting, Informative

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
 
Informative, Adventurous, Beautiful

Having recently travelled to Havana, I wish had been able to read this book before I went, just to understand more about the countryâ??s history. It was well written and at the end, you hanker for more.

 
Romantic, Informative, Inspiring

Just wow. Having learned virtually nothing about WWII history in school, this book was an education of itself for me. I still get sick to my stomach, thinking about what these poor people had to endure, if they even managed to survive. I have a whole new respect for anyone involved in WWII after reading this book.

 
Interesting, Informative, Difficult

It took so long to read this book. I was afraid I would not finish it before the next book club meeting. It never managed to grab my interest. I was reading the chapters just to finish the book. The idea of the book is a good one, but for some reason I never really could enjoy it. It is of epic length.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

I could not put this book down! It grabbed my with the first chapter and I kept reading and reading. At the end, I was disappointed in how some of the lose ends were tied up, but overall, this is one of the best reads we’ve chosen in the book club.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

 
Beautiful, Interesting, Inspiring

This was a very well written book. A story about the “throw-away” people of our society. It captivates and pulls you into the life of a young girl who must learn how to survive completely on her own. A must read, in my opinion.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
 
Dark, Interesting, Addictive

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
 
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic

 
Interesting, Slow, Fun

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Addictive

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
 
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic

 
Fun, Optimistic, Interesting

 
Optimistic, Inspiring, Fun

A Painted House by John Grisham
 
Insightful, Boring, Pointless

The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
 
Interesting, Difficult, Poorly Written

 
Fun, Informative, Interesting

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy

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

The Winemaker's Wife by Harmel Kristin
 
Dramatic, Inspiring, Epic

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
 
Informative, Interesting, Dark

 
Fun, Pointless, Optimistic

Winter Street: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Addictive, Fun, Beautiful

City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
 
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Interesting, Beautiful, Insightful

 
Dramatic, Addictive, Dark

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
 
Beautiful, Inspiring, Boring

Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
 
Informative, Insightful, Beautiful

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
 
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting

The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic

 
Interesting, Insightful, Adventurous

I absolutely loved this book. I learned things I probably never would have know, due to the subject matter. I did not see the “turning point” coming in the story. At first I was irritated (shades of who killed JR Ewing ran through my mind), but then I really got interested no into the subject. I could hardly put the book down.

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

Loved this book! A grumpy old man who thinks his life is over discovers it is not, thanks to a kaleidoscope of caring neighbors. The American version of the
movie, A Man Called Otto, staring Tom Hanks stays fairly true to the story. A feel-good story about the everyday lives of neighbors who become friends.

Winter Stroll (Winter Street) by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Romantic, Fun, Unconvincing

A ok read. Our book club reads one book from this series during the holiday season so that we have some light reading when we are all so busy. This is the second book in this series. It has become somewhat predictable. There never seems to be guests at this beautiful bed and breakfast, so I am wondering how it is managing to stay in business. But for a light read, itâ??s fine. Would be a good beach read, but be aware it is set in December.

 
Insightful, Adventurous, Inspiring

This was a very interesting topic. The story line was original. I enjoyed reading the book. It gives one pause to stop and think about choices you have made in your life.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
 
Insightful, Dark, Beautiful

I did not care for this book. It is difficult to follow the characters and hard to understand the underlying story.

Klara and the Sun: A novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
Slow, Interesting, Adventurous

Our future is closer than we think. AI is here and will become so integrated in our lives that we won’t know what is human and what is machine. And genetic modification … a little unsettling. Well written and kept me reading.

The Personal Librarian by Christopher Victoria Murray Marie; Benedict
 
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

Wisteria Island by Rachel Hanna
 
Fun, Adventurous

A great beach read!

The Maid: A Novel by Nita Prose
 
Optimistic, Interesting, Fun

 
Romantic, Inspiring, Brilliant

 
Adventurous, Brilliant, Interesting

Verity by Colleen Hoover
 
Dark, Addictive, Dramatic

 
Addictive, Interesting, Adventurous

 
Fun, Inspiring, Interesting

Winter Storms (Winter Street) by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Romantic, Fun, Fantastic

The Other Emily by Dean Koontz
 
Confusing, Adventurous, Unconvincing

The Kite Runner (MTI) by Khaled Hosseini
 
Epic, Interesting, Informative

The Dream Daughter: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
 
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Optimistic

I loved this book. The story was different, but drove home the fact that most women would do anything for their child. It kept my attention and the science-fiction aspect of the story was thought-provoking.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
 
Gloomy, Dark

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden
 
Addictive, Dramatic, Scary

You just never know who to trust.

 
Beautiful, Optimistic, Interesting

This book really makes you stop and think. It is well written and keeps your attention.

West with Giraffes: A Novel by Lynda Rutledge
 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting

 
Slow, Beautiful

I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it, either. It was an easy read, though.

Squeeze Me: A novel by Hiaasen Carl
 
Fun, Brilliant

This book was absolutely hilarious. It could be decisive because it is political fiction. It kept me laughing. The plot was rather silly, but that didn’t seem to matter much. Easy, quick read.

 
Addictive, Dramatic, Interesting

 
Insightful, Dramatic

 

 
Informative, Beautiful, Insightful

Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Ann Napolitano
 
Beautiful, Romantic, Epic

 
Dark, Scary, Dramatic

 
Beautiful, Difficult, Dramatic

 
Dramatic, Insightful

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