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Name : Carolyn M.

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Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
More substance than I first thought it would have

I found this to be a very enjoyable read; lots of great stuff about women and relationships and life's complexities. This was the perfect book for our club to read in the summer...easy to read, yet good discussion points.

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
Unconvincing, Slow, Poorly Written
Great discussion but didn't really like book

The book was a fairly easy read for me, but I know others in our group had a hard time getting through it. The character development seemed a little lacking...the the character's behavior sometimes annoying. It wasn't really "my kind of book" but it did make for a really good discussion due to the content.

Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
Excellent young adult read

Our club really enjoyed this book; it was very different than our regular read. Personally, I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. This book is similar but different - more like a Lord of the Rings - except the plot is easier to follow. Love the creatures, Eragon finding out he's not who he thought, the character development as the story flows. Fun, easier read!

Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
Suspenseful, twisted, coming of age, engaging

My book club read this in Nov 2008 and we all enjoyed it although admitted that it was somewhat twisted! LOL... I liked that the book flipped back and forth between today and the past. And I liked that the "whole story" unfolded over time; it kept me reading. Overall, a very different book that I'm not sure I would have read if we hadn't picked it for book club.

Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
Light read that makes you think a little...

Our group really enjoyed this book...nice light read for the holidays, yet made you think about life.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Different, twisted but very intriguing tale

Our book club overall enjoyed this book - not like a favorite - but plenty of strangeness, plot twists, and crazy characters that make a great foundation for discussion!

Whistling In the Dark by Lesley Kagen
Fun, Optimistic, Interesting
Told from a 10 yr old's perspective...captivating, easy read

Our book club enjoyed this book tremendously. We also had the opportunity to chat with the author via conference call during our regular book club meeting. I would highly recommend it! Lesley Kagen was fabulous...very friendly, down to earth. She added a lot to our discussion and gave us background on the writing of her book.

The thing I liked most about this book was that it was told from Sally's perspective, a 10 year old girl growing up in 1959. It was unique and captivating and heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny at times. Overall a very enjoyable read!

Fun, Pointless, Insightful
Easy read but little lacking...

I felt this was an easy summer read, but a little lacking in the plot line. It sort of rambled on and wasn't really sure what the point was. It was okay, but not Lorna's best. It's a light summer read, but not much there for a discussion with book clubs.

The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun
Fun, easy read...

This was a nice refreshing read...great for summer. I don't know that our group had a deep discussion of the book. It was more that it spurred great conversation about how times have changed and women's choices between raising a family and having a career or trying to do both. Several members thought it gave us a unique perspective and peek into how things were during this time period.

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Insightful
Very different read...

Our book club almost all agreed that this was a great read. It was just different...the tale of 4 peoples lives that become intertwined through circumstances...and that they each are better together than they were apart.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
One of best reads this year

I really enjoyed The Help. It was recommended to our book club by another author whose book we had read, and I'm so glad we selected it this year! The entire club really liked it and found it very was one of those books you couldn't put down once you got into it. It really captured the tension at the time and the complexity of "the help" working in the white family's home. I would highly recommend!

Among the Hidden (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
Easy read...yet powerful...

Our book club read this at the suggestion of one member's son. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the book sparked great discussion about how the happenings in the book relate to the world today...from the food situation to our school systems. It was a great book to read in December as it's a busy time of year.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Beautiful and insightful

I truly enjoyed this book...first of all because it was about a piece of history I knew nothing about...but also because it was beautifully written. I loved how the author told the story from both Sarah's and Julia's viewpoint. The book flowed and I easily moved through the pages, anxious to see how the mystery unfolded. Great read! And it was a great discussion book for our book club!!

Commune of Women by Suzan Still
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
Different read for me

Our book club won this book from BookMovement and also had a conference call with the author! The book was long but a fast read. I thought it was interesting and not necessarily something I would have picked up. I enjoyed reading about the lives of the various women and watching the story unfold. Our conversation with the author, Suzan, was awesome - she really seemed enthusiastic to talk with us and hear our honest opinion!

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Dramatic
Complex and emotional, but can't put down

This was a quick read...and while the content was disturbing (what was happening to the main character), it was also insightful and kept you wanting to read more. Would highly recommend to other book clubs. There's a lot of good discussion!

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Intriguing from the beginning

I found this book a quick read and very intriguing. It made for excellent discussion with our book club!

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