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Name : Christal F.

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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Enjoyable easy read, but with the language and adult themes, I can't fully recommend it to anyone.

This book was enjoyable to read. It has a very interesting concept, but I think the author could have gone many different directions with it. There seemed to be a lot of fluff, non-essential, and not really interesting parts. But on the whole it was good. Our club agreed that there was something off about the main character Clare, but couldn't quite put a finger on it. I don't feel my time was wasted. Not my favorite book, but not it wasn't bad either.

A couple eats only food (with a few exceptions) within 100 miles for one year.

I thought this was an entertaining read. It is great for discussion especially during this "green" movement. It brought about many topics for discussion. I felt as though we could have continued discussing for several more hours. Personally, I am part of a CSA and frequently shop at the Farmer's Market so it intrigued me from the start. I would highly recommend this book to clubs wanting to read non-fiction and current books. I think we all thought a little more of our food and it's origins and the changes we may make through reading it.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
This book has been controversial in the past and still leads to good discussion today

This book opened up discussion on many different topics. We discovered there's a wide range of things including education, characters and their traits, race/equality, how life was different then from now, etc. This is an enjoyable read and keeps you hooked until the end. I found it quite charming and I adored Scout's character. The characters are well developed (for the most part) so you really feel like you get to know them and sympathize with them. She connects you to the story.

Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
An enjoyable thought-provoking book, yet unnecessarily graphic

I really enjoyed most of this book. There were a couple of moments I cried. It also made me laugh. They were the kind of characters you love to love and love to hate. They really develop over the course of the book as well. There were a few too many graphically vulgar scenes for me. The first half of the book frequently referred to male body parts that I wouldn't have missed if they hadn't been included.
The 2nd half of the book was fine and quite enjoyable. I'm glad I finished it! I would still recommend it, but if you are sensitive either skip over those parts or skip the book.

Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin
Epic, Informative, Dramatic
Interesting look at life and marriage through generations

I surprisingly enjoyed this book. It appears to be a drippy love story, but that is not the case. We had good discussion about how our relationships are so different from what life was like 100 yrs ago. But also what our relationship should look like and have we gone to far? It lends itself to good discussion on several different topics.

Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
A really great read

It took a long time to get into this book. I wasn't sure I liked it even until the end, but it had such a great ending I am so glad I read all of it! There was plenty of room for discussion on a variety of subjects. I really liked this book. I like it more as I remember it than I did while reading it. One to read again!

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant
Many different levels create a great book for discussion.

Our group discussed the psychology in Pi's head, religion, zoos, and how all of this intertwines in the book. There was plenty to discuss and it was an enjoyable book to read. It really made you think.

Super Mom Saves the World by Melanie Lynne Hauser
Light, Fun, enjoyable read (Confessions of Super Mom)

The actual book we read is called "Confessions of Super Mom" not this title.

While there is some discussion, it's mostly just a light, fun read. Highly enjoyable. Our group needed a less involved book and this was great for it. I hope to read the sequels some day!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Brilliant, Romantic, Fun
How can you not love it?

I loved this book. Although it's a bit difficult to get into the language at the beginning, it's soon much easier to understand. Her writing is captivating and enjoyable.

Much to discuss with our club on this one including women's roles and attitudes during the day, differing reasons to marry and how they affected the characters, can people change, and so much more. We had a wonderful time discussing. Some members even read it twice in the month. Great book, highly recommended.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Optimistic, Insightful
Wonderful Book Club read

This book is highly enjoyable to read. There is plenty to discuss here and it is interesting. Due to it's length, we spread it out over 2 months to make it more manageable. It's breaks up nicely.

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Confusing
Strange book with lots of opportunity for discussion.

This is a weird book. However, there was so much to discuss about it. I know said it was confusing, slow, and unconvincing, but it leads to discussion quite easily. It was probably one I liked the least of the books we've read, but the characters are well developed and interesting and you feel compelled to keep reading.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Midwest life mixed with Jewish life

This book was interesting to me because it takes place not too far from where I live. Had interesting discussion on moving to the midwest from a big city (most of us have always lived here and had a different take). Discussion on Jews and their lifestyles. Lends to a lot of discussion on many topics.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Fun
Charming and delightful

For young and old this book is a treasure. So different from life today,it lends itself to discussion on life back in the day. If you wanted something, you made it. So interesting and fun to read.

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Epic, Interesting
Wow, this is amazing.

This book is really long, but extremely rewarding to read all of it! Each character is wonderfully developed and never dropped. As one of the great works of literature I highly recommend it! Our club tends to get off topic, but we talked more about this book than any other before it. Fantastic.

Wind Dancer by Jamie Carie
Poorly Written, Unconvincing, Graphic
Not the best book in the world

This book wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. There were many themes/characters that were dropped. It seemed like it was setting up for a sequel. The main character seemed to make an uncharacteristic change at the end. While we did have discussion it wasn't mostly on how it wasn't great. It was fluffy and was over-descriptive.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
I liked this book

Most of my club either didn't finish or wasn't crazy about this book. But I really liked it. I found it interesting about the challenges he faced. I enjoyed reading about his home life, but there wasn't much to that...I guess there could have been more there.
I found the parts about Sept 11 and his view on them from that side of the world fascinating.

Book Club Recommended
Pointless, Slow, Interesting
An Easy, Fun read

I really enjoyed this book. However, I've gotta say I like the movie better. Julie isn't very likable. It lends to great discussion from "who does this kind of thing" to "What was her purpose writing this?".

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Lends to much discussion

This book is very interesting. Our group discussed the book at length, one of our most discussed books, I'd say! It is very well written. The parts that she wove into the historical story were completely believable. Characters are well developed and you get a great sense of what life was like in that day. I have read few, if any, historical fiction novels and this was an excellent start.

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Dramatic, Epic
A great read

I enjoyed this book as crazy as the people are in it. Our club discussed this book more than any other I think we've ever read (and we've read some great books and LONG books!). There is a lot to it.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun
Fun little boys

While their life seems crazy compared to today's times, I enjoyed reading this book. Of course hoping that my 2 boys are never this adventurous! Good discussion on the changes between their times and today, also the words used in the book and the recent changes made for public schools.

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Quick Read with much to discuss.

I'd really have to recommend reading and discussing all 3 books in the series. Some of us had, some had not so it was difficult to discuss just the first without giving away the end. This book is very fast paced...I'm generally a slow reader, but read all 3 books in less than 3 weeks (each about 400 pgs). At the beginning I did not think I wanted to read about this subject, but the way Collins develops it is very well done and not too gruesome, although a bit. It did give me nightmares though. Really excellent writing and an interesting story/concept.

Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Epic
Great work of Historical Fiction

This is the 2nd Michelle Moran book I've read and really enjoyed them both. She creates a fascinating window into history woven with her own additions to the story. I now plan to read "The Heretic Queen" which is the sequel.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Beautiful
A great discussion book

We discussed this book more than many others we've read. An interesting look at feminism considering the period written. I'm struggling to find words to describe this book. I enjoyed it and we had interesting discussion about the male characters to what roles the minor characters played to religion and its role.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Great one to discuss

We had a great discussion over this book. Well written and really makes you think. And of course, we had a delicious chocolate cream pie!

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful

While this book gives information on the Vel D'hiv. it's incredibly depressing. It did compel me to keep reading so I could find out what happened to the characters. I did not like the ending and I think some parts were a bit far-fetched. I thought the writing was only so-so. It was just too sad for a January read.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Adventurous
A good read

This book is great for learning about life before unions were formed. Found it very interesting and it's fun that it took place less than an hour from where I live.

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