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Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Dont miss this book!!

What a novel!! Sweeping in what it encompasses. Enjoy every page!!

 
Inspiring, Informative, Dramatic
Tremendous story

What courage! What honesty from this author!

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
Didn't enjoy it

Was expecting to like this, but didn't

 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Dramatic
Fascinating

ONe of the best books I have ever read.

 
Interesting, Informative, Beautiful
What a horrible retelling of a bit of Biblical history

I doubt there was anything like a "red tent". Even as a plot device, it was ridiculous--a fanciful wish of the author to take a week off every month, I guess. Wouldn't that be nice, but life doesn't work that way!!!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
One of our book club's favorites

a very different book, but appeals to many types of people. Highly recommend

Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
 
Brilliant, Interesting, Insightful
Wow! What a book

Hard to describe, this book is so different. Very thought-provoking. Keeps your interest

Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway; Consulting Editor John Bidwell
 
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
A definite eye-opener. Great book as a women's read

This book was so interesting--I live in the middle class midwest in America, and it is so hard to fathom what women live like in the rest of the world.

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
 
Adventurous, Romantic, Dramatic
Great read.

The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Adventurous
not super. Not really a good book club choice

 
Awesome story to read again and again

Timeless story. Read the whole set!!! The movie is good, but doesn't does it justice

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
 
Boring, Persuasive, Unconvincing
utterly dumb

I really can't belive people are taken in by this stuff!! The only person who this works for is the author--because everyone who buys this book (I borrowed it from the library) contributes to the gold mine. The only reason to read it is to help others see the stupidity of this thinking

 
Difficult, Confusing, Epic
What can I say.....YUCK!!

Agree with the last several reviews--picked it up because of the original high ratings and hated it. Particularly revolting as it drags on and on.

Bride Island by Alexandra Enders
 
Well thought out novel

I really enjoyed this book. Polly, the main character, was a very real person, with some very real problems, but she learns to deal with them in the end. "Grows up" so to speak. A thoughtful book.

Republic: A Novel of America's Future by Charles Sheehan-Miles
 
really made me think

A military perspective on the gray areas in politics.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
 
Dark, Dramatic, Gloomy
YUCK!!! BORING!!!

Very bleak, very dull. Maybe would have made a good short story, but not a whole book!!

The Double Bind: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Brilliant
interesting premise

Interesting weaving of the plot with the well-known Gatsby.

 
Interesting, Dramatic, Brilliant
Interesting Premise

Interesting way of weaving the plot with "Gatsby".

The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
 
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun
I really enjoyed this book

At first I thought this was going to be a sort of "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" knock-off, but it wasn't. I really liked how this author wove history in this book,and how women changed their own attitudes throughout the women's movement. The friendships were described beautifully.

 
Interesting, Inspiring, Beautiful
Really dumb

I was really nauseated by this book. Too obviously sappy. Too obviously trying to play on emotions. What a ridiculous, made-up way to think about heaven. Who wants their life distilled to five relationships? And who decides who these five most important ones are!! Stupid, stupid stupid.

 
Adventurous, Slow, Confusing
Dark, haunting novel

Wonderful writing style. Loved it.

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
Excellent story

I loved this book. Emotional, but not sappy.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill
 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
An excellent book

Tells the story of a woman's experience being arrested by the Nazi's for hiding Jews in occupied Holland in World War II. Incredible!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
One of my absolute favorite books--I reccommend it to everyone

It will take your breath away. Would not recommend reading in public. You will laugh and cry out loud. Characters are well drawn. You love them all.

 
Fun, Adventurous, Inspiring
Loved it. Lots of fun

Enjoyed this, a great fun read.

The Condition: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh
 
Insightful, Interesting, Slow
enjoyed this book

I am in the medical profession, so I thought this book was particularly good at showing how a medical diagnosis can really affect a family. Interesting character development.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
 
brings up lots of discussion

I liked this book, but did not love it. It was too "teen" for my taste. I think that the near-future setting was intriguing, but I was pretty annoyed by the half way point when you knew something was up about Jenna and it was taking her way too long to figure it out.

 
Romantic, Adventurous, Dramatic
One of the stupier books I read

I can see why teens get sucked into this sort of thing. By the 4th or 5th description of how beautiful Edward is I was "like, I get it!" Don't bother if you are aserious reader. Unfortunately, my book club wanted to read it because it was popular. I will say it kept my interest, but by the end I was pretty revolted by the whole thing.

Twilight (Twlight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer
 
Adventurous, Romantic, Fun
awful, but what do you expect from a teen vampire story?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Informative, Fun, Interesting
What a well crafted Story

I loved this book. I learned much about the occupation of Guernsey which I did not know. I really grew to like the literary genre of letters--took a bit to get into it but it was really a wonderful way to tell a story.

The Fiction Class by Susan Breen
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun
nice working of characters

I liked this book, and think that the author did a nice job with the characters. It was really mostly about the protagonist's relationship with her mother who is not well and lives in a nursing home. The only complaint was that the love story was too predictable and not believable, and I really did not like the male character. He was too perfect, yet he had been divorced three times, the last time was in the middle of this story! A guy so perfect, why would he be divorced three times? Sounds to me he loses interest too quickly and cant love for the long haul--wanted to scream at Arabelle to get out while she could since he obviously has relational issues. Anyway, it was otherwise a good book.

Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
 
Poorly Written, Difficult, Gloomy
If you enjoy the "f" word, this book is for you

I couldn't get very far into this book as there was crass language in about every paragraph. I think the author is hiding behind this shock trick to disguise poor writing. Disappointing--it promised to be a good story.

Where Are You Now by Mary Higgins Clark
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful
fun summer mystery

I liked it. Light read

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Brilliant, Adventurous
Re-reading this favorite was wonderful

Tolkien is brilliant! I love this book.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Boring, Confusing
excellent book

Wow. Lewis's insight into human nature is astounding. His creativity in using satire to point out human flaws is awesome. Great discussion.

The Passage by Justin Cronin
 
Dark, Dramatic, Confusing
a vampire book, only slightly better than the Twilight books

I will say up front that I am not a "vampire book" person, so this was better than I expected, that is why it got two stars instead of 1. I liked that it gave a "reason" that there are vampires in the first place and a mechanism for their creation, etc, etc. The book was sooooooo darn long, though. It went on and on and on about things that were really irrelevant. So, well written, but I hated the story. Not nearly as stupid as the Twilight series. I suppose there are good themes to talk about at a book club but you could have a much better book than a vampire one to have the same discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
just finished it--couldn't put it down

Excellently researched. Awesome, compelling story.

 
Gloomy, Dark, Interesting
on of the world's worst books

Wow. Awful. The characters were horrible people--selfish, stupid. The writing was OK, but I think he was trying to be Hemigway-esque and not succeding very well (writing in short choppy dialogue with no quotation marks). I only finished it to see if there was any redemption at the end. Really, don't read it. I wish I had not.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
One of my favorite books

This book is riveting--and this coming from someone who knows nothing about horses or racing. I loved it! Hillenbrand has done some excellent research, and her writing style will leave you feeling like you were "there". Cheering for Seabiscuit, of course!

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