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Interesting, Slow, Unconvincing
Not much going on

This book slips around a lot. It focused more on the marriage of Laura & Theodore than the mystery. I liked the ending but the "twist" was kinda predictable.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
Beautiful passages but weak ending

I really enjoyed the first part of this book. The writing about grief was amazing. Then the action for going and it was quite fun, but the ending was a disappointment.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun
Cool & creepy

Parasites & fungi can take over your brain! Lots of interesting facts, but not as much depth as I would have liked. I enjoyed all the references to pop culture though.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Adventurous
Exploration and exploitation

Fascinating look at the 17th century spice trade. Naval warfare between England and the Netherlands, lots of violence and disease, colonialism in Indonesia.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
 
Slow, Confusing, Dark
Not as described

This was much too slow and not what I expected at all. I thought the library would be a bigger part of this story than it was. Boring mystery. The only part I really liked was the historical setting and the character of the father. But there's a lot of misogynistic stuff in here and adult content.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Difficult
Grim subject but well done

From the very first chapter it's obvious this is going to be a difficult read. It is full of racial slurs, implied violence, and actual violence. If you can get through it, the rewards are worth it. The story is well written, but it's the characters that make it so good.

 
Dark, Scary, Dramatic
Very difficult book

This was hard to rate. I did like the character of Netty/Rhett. But the sexual assaults in this made it a very tough read, and not a series I want to continue with. I appreciate the representation in here, but horrible things happen to these characters and I don't want to read more.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Adventurous

Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
 
Unconvincing, Fun
Fun but nothing more

This book was OK. The author could definitely have done more with the premise. Also the diamond thefts don't come into the story until last the halfway point.

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic

The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Hard to put down

Some good discussion points, but the ending dragged.

 
Informative, Insightful
Incredibly detailed

This book is huge. I found it worked well to switch between print & audio, but I admit to getting a bit bogged down with the names and details. At times it felt like it was strangely organized, but on the whole I came away with So much information about the Middle Ages, especially England and France, but also Flanders, Italy, and parts of Germany. But it took forever to finish, so I think it would be a poor choice for a group.

 
Slow, Dark, Gloomy
Bitter and sad

Mary is the most bitter character I've ever encountered. The writing is clear and effective, and the setting is so well described I felt like I was there. But I hated this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun
Neat little mystery

Nice mystery about a female painter whose brother is murdered and his rooms burgled. A valuable painting goes missing and it becomes a matter of dispute.

 
Unconvincing, Graphic

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous
Brilliant children's series

Great fantasy book for middle grade readers, but start with book 1.

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Fun
Dads are great

My kids convinced me to read this one and I'm glad they did. Unlike most of Dahl's children's books, this had no magic. No talking animals, no candy factory, no giant insects. Just an amazing father and his only son. It does have plenty of humor & a detestable villain. Definitely worth reading.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
 
Dark, Dramatic, Interesting

Never Look Away: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Interesting
Exciting fantasy series

Great magic system, but it's the friendship that really makes the book. I'm excited to read more!

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous

 
Dramatic, Epic, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Addictive
Dystopian Western

Set in the American Southwest after climate change & war has ruined most of the planet. Ancient tribal powers - good & evil - have changed society forever. It's from & violent so I wouldn't recommend it to my book club, but if you're looking for something really different, this is hreat.

The Warden (Penguin Classics) by Anthony Trollope
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Slow

The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley
 
Slow, Boring, Interesting

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
 
Dramatic, Confusing

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun
Light magical romance

A twist on the Gold rush story set in Salt Lake. Not too deep, but a fun story. If your group includes teens, they might like this.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Informative, Fun

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Addictive

The Boy in the Suitcase (A Nina Borg Novel) by Lene Kaaberbol, Agnete Friis
 
Addictive, Interesting, Dark

The Sound of Glass by Karen White
 
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Insightful

The Starless Sea: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern
 
Beautiful, Boring, Adventurous

 
Unconvincing, Confusing, Fantastic

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Dark, Insightful
Not for everyone

Easy has just lost his job thanks to “mouthing off” to his White supervisor at the plant when he gets word that another White man wants to hire him to find a missing woman. It’s not easy (forgive the pun) surviving as a Black man in 1950s Los Angeles, but Rawlins is about to find out how hard it is when everyone wants to kill you.

This was on my TBR for a long time, as it won a lot of awards and started a whole trend opening up POC as detectives. However, it was a lot grittier than I like in a mystery. I’m glad I read it, as the issues of race are really front and center in the story and they couldn't be more timely. It was an eye-opener about how violent and hopeless the Black community could be at the time and how little some things have chaned. But I didn’t care for the style and I don’t think I’ll continue with this series.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Romantic, Beautiful

Dry by JANE HARPER
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Insightful, Informative

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Dramatic

Man of the Family by Ralph Moody
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Optimistic, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Inspiring

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Informative

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Not for everyone

I am glad I read this, but my book club would hate it. It is really bleak.

 
Interesting, Informative, Difficult
Slow to start

It definitely took me a couple of chapters to get into this. He has a unique style. But it was full of information.

 
Difficult, Brilliant, Dark

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dark

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Beautiful
I can't believe I'm first

It seems like everyone I know has read this book, so I'm really surprised there are no other reviews. This one started out a little slow, but I'm glad I pushed through. It reminds me of Arabian Nights x The Neverending Story. There are some dark themes though so no for young kinds.

 
Dark, Informative, Graphic

 
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Adventurous, Dramatic

 
Slow, Interesting, Insightful
Good stuff but

I really enjoyed this, and feel like I learned a lot, but it was MUCH too long.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Fun, Scary

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic
Loved everything

Great conclusion to the series. Can't stop thinking about it. Such a great ending.

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
 
Unconvincing, Inspiring, Informative

 
Fun, Insightful
Definitely not for everyone

I absolutely loved Jasper Fforde, but I think this would just confuse half my book club. It's a very clever satire that reminded me a bit of Franz Kafka but so funny.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Addictive

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

 
Interesting, Slow
Good but incomplete

I enjoyed this book set in the same world as Thorn, but you wouldn't want to read it as a stand alone. Trigger warning for physical abuse.

 
Unconvincing, Fun, Brilliant
Loved the first two

One of the very few Sanderson books that let me down. I really liked the first two, was loving the third, but that ending was all wrong.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Informative, Dramatic

The Great Passage by Shion Miura
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Insightful, Beautiful

SLAY by Brittney Morris
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Insightful, Fun

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative

 
Difficult, Informative, Dark

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Fantastic
Great mood lifter

Loved the audio! This whole series is amazing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous

 
Confusing, Dramatic, Adventurous

End-Game: A play in a act by Beckett Samuel
 
Pointless, Confusing, Boring

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Addictive

The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Inspiring, Informative

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful

 
Dark, Confusing, Adventurous

Disappointing conclusion to the series.

 
Poorly Written, Fun, Adventurous

Racist language ruined it for me.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Difficult, Beautiful

It's like a puzzle - take your time with it.

Dead Heat (A Dick Francis Novel) by Felix Francis Dick; Francis
 
Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Interesting, Dramatic

Steelheart (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic, Adventurous

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