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Name : Allison L.

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Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Love, intrigue, history...

Everything a book needs for excellent, lively discussion is there.

Brilliant, Life Changing, Insightful
Great conversation

Our group talked for an hour and a half over this book. From the part that resonated with us most to least we covered all the aspects of this book. Our discussion took us almost chapter by chapter through the material.

It was lively and engaging. One of our best book groups!

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
Informative, Adventurous, Insightful
captivating but heavy

A great book about a heavy topic. We had a lot of great conversation about characters, locations and the situations.

Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Great conversation

We liked this book, a lot. Some of us had a hard time getting in to it but once we read on, we were hooked. Not what we were expecting--we thought it would be more like he steps in and tells people how to live their lives, but it wasn't like that.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Great discussion!

Not everyone in the group liked the book. When that happens we have our liveliest discussions. This book had great questions in the discussion guide and that gave us a great jumping off point. We couldn't decide the genre of the book--is it part romance, part western or historical fiction.

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Lively discussion!

We had a lively discussion with Broken For You. Analyzing the biblical implications of the title to the intricate relationships between characters. Some of the group liked the book, some LOVED the book and some struggled to finish. That always makes for good discussion. There was something for everyone in this book.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
One of the best!

One of the best discussions our group has ever had was centered around The Help. We didn't even use the discussion guide because our own analysis and discussion was lively and ongoing. We could have discussed the book for hours, unfortunately, we didn't have hours.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Optimistic, Insightful
Holiday favorite

Some of us had never read the book although we knew the story quite well, so it was fun to compare our previous knowledge with the actual story. It was dark, yet rich. All of us said we read sections aloud because the language begged us to do so.

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Confusing, Adventurous
So much to talk about!

So many plot threads, so many rich characters--this book gave us much to discuss. We had a lively talk about characters, plot, and the twists and turns the author took us on.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Fun, Interesting, Dramatic
Great book, lousy discussion

We all enjoyed the book but didn't have much to talk about. We agreed the book was a lighter read.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Slow, Insightful
Historical discussion

Great conversation about Warsaw during WWII. One of our book group members has been there and was able to describe the architecture and atmosphere, which added to our discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Informative, Interesting
Up for a challenge.

It's a dense, rich novel. We had great fun discussing characters--major and minor.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Pointless, Interesting
Fun discussion

Lots to talk about, especially since most of us had seen the movie also. The book and movie are significantly different but both are great fun.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting

This book and our discussion were pure fun. We had a lot to talk about--trying to figure out who the characters represented and wondering how plausible the story is. From the settings to the characters we never stopped talking.

Book Club Recommended
Great discussion...

Everybody in our group had such a different reaction to the book--it made for great discussion!

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
some liked it, some loved it...

This got a mixed review from our reading group. It was split half-and-half between those who liked it and those who loved it. We had fun dissecting the characters, the setting and the plot.

Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Fun, Slow
Classic discussion

It was a challenge to read. Most of us didn't finish but we all gave it a good try. We had fun talking about the characters--who we liked best and least, and which one is most like us.

Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Epic, Adventurous
Great fun!

We had a great, lively discussion about this novel--the setting, the characters, the myriad of adventures and stories within the story.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Another great discussion...

There was much to discuss with this book. We agreed that overall it left us feeling melancholy. We did like how Olive is significant in each of the stories, and enjoyed the format of the book.

The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Slow
Best discussion ever!

From analyzing characters and relationships, art and psychiatry, we had our best discussion ever for the Swan Thieves. The nature of obsession was the focal point of our discussion and we could have talked much longer. This is a novel that everyone in the group raved about, which is unusual for this group!

Interesting, Unconvincing
Not our best...

Not our best meeting or discussion, although it was an interesting book. Most of us thought there were too many gaps in the experiences--it would move from one situation to another without fully explaining what happened between the situations.

Fun but not much else

There wasn't much to discuss with this book. The characters were one-dimensional. It was fun, but not a book group book.

Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Boring, Insightful
Couldn't put it down...

The Lunch Bunch couldn't stop talking about the characters and setting--what seemed realistic and what didn't. We had a very lively discussion about this book.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Room for discussion...

There was plenty of material to discuss. A very lively discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Fun
More Twilight than Harry Potter...

Some of us enjoyed it, some of us didn't get into it. But we did have a good discussion about the settings and characters.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
So much to talk about...

This book is a great book group choice. There is so much to talk about from the setting, to the characters, to the stories and how they twine together. One of our favorite discussion points was discussing which characters we most related to.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
Last Stand?

We had a great conversation about this book--from the charm of the "old world" colliding with the "modern world" to what exactly was the Major's Last Stand, there was never a dull moment.

A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback Classics) by Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Dramatic
Glad we read it!

In our attempt to include classics in our slate of books, we enjoyed A Tale Of Two Cities. Most of us struggled to get into it but once we did, the reading was much easier and we enjoyed the story. There was so much to talk about!

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Informative
Lots to talk about...

This book offered us a lot to talk about--some things we raved about, some things--not so much. But choosing books that not everyone enjoys is the beauty of a book group. We all agreed that we liked the descriptions of the paper making process.

Revolutionary Road by R. Yates
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Gloomy, Interesting
Great discussion!

Even though it's a dark book, when we put it in context (it was written in 1961) we were able to explore the themes and characters from that perspective. We had a great discussion about this dark novel.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Fun
Creative discussion

This creative book led to some very creative discussions! We had a lot to talk about and had a great time with it.

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Lively discussion

Some members of my book group liked it, lived it, or hated it. That always makes a very exciting and stimulating book talk.

The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson
Informative, Interesting
Not so much to talk about

Although we enjoyed the book, there just wasn't enough to sustain a good book discussion. It was interesting but the characters were mostly one-dimensional.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Epic
Epic fun!

We had a lot of fun discussing our favorite adventures and characters.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
So much to discuss

Not everyone in the group loved the book so that always makes instant discussion. But this book had much to discuss on its own. We analyzed characters, motives, repercussions, and the tangled relationships they have. Although we all had an idea how the story would unfold, we enjoyed the twists and turns to get there.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous

We had a blast talking about this book. A lot of comparisons with the movie, but the novel is a richer experience.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
Our best meeting ever!

This seemingly simple book turned into one of the most complex discussions we\\\\\\\'ve ever had. We talked non-stop for over an hour about characters and motives. The more we talked, the more there was to talk about.

Book Club Recommended
Great club pick!

One of our best discussions! Each chapter gave us so much to reflect on and to try to apply.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Flowers are a character

We loved this book! It's rare that a book appeals to all of us, in our eclectic group but this book had something that appealed to everyone.

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Is that what it\\\'s really like to be a teenager?

We had much to discuss--relationships, technology, school climate, anonymity, and lots more. All of us were drawn into the story but it was not unanimously loved.

Sisterland: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Dark
Lively discussion!

We had plenty to talk about--characters, settings, relationships!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Adventurous
Sherlock Holmes everywhere!

We had much fun discussing the stories, and discussing the contributions that the author made by creating the detective genre.

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Dramatic
We couldn\\\'t decide!

We couldn\\\'t decide how the book ended! It was one of our livelier discussions because we talked about characters, motives, points of view, setting, atmosphere, writing, and everything in between.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Dramatic
Interesting discussions!

We talked about all the characters and the subtleties of the descriptions of the tea service.

The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Insightful
Maine connections

Because we are a Maine based group, we related to the setting of the book. There is much to discuss--relationships, redemption, and the lies we tell ourselves.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fantastic, Adventurous
Foray into Fantasy

Some members of our group don\\\'t enjoy fantasy fiction, but everyone was able to enjoy the rich language, vivid characters, and eerie setting.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Beautiful, Optimistic
Charming summer read

We loved talking about all the interesting characters and pop-culture references. We were charmed by the book and overall we enjoyed it (even our curmudgeon liked it!).

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
Light summer read...

Not as heavy fare as we normally read, we had fun with it.

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
Lots of characters

We had fun talking about all the characters and their plights.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic
Thrill ride!

A great book group selection--lots of twisty plot turns and interesting characters to dissect.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
something for everyone!

It's similar to Forrest Gump, only Swedish.

Lucky Us: A Novel by Amy Bloom
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Pointless
Lively discussion

There was a lot to talk about--from characters, to motives, to emotions, to atmosphere. We didn't all love it, but we liked it.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Fun
More science than fiction

We had a lively discussion about this book! From the characters, the setting, and the humor, it made for a great book talk.

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting

There was plenty to talk about- -from the myth to the real-time story.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Interesting
Fun Discussion

We enjoyed the characters, setting, and how visual the book was. After talking about our favorite characters, we pretended we were going to make a movie of it and cast it!

The Bone Clocks: A Novel by David Mitchell
Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Difficult, Pointless
A bit long

We found the book a bit long, although we were all quite taken with the author's writing. There were some sections that didn't connect with the overall arc of the story.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Adventurous
A touch of magic

The narrative of the book spans hundreds of years and my book group enjoyed the historical story more than the present day story. We had much to talk about!

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful
Layers of discussion!

The three story lines gave us much to discuss.

Euphoria by Lily King
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Adventurous
So much to discuss!

We had quite a lively discussion about this book.

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig
Not much to talk about

Although we didn't dislike the book, it seemed there wasn't a lot to talk about.

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Unconvincing, Gloomy
Raw story

We had plenty to talk about! Some of us couldn't decide if we enjoyed the book, but we all agreed that it was masterful storytelling.

The Story of B by Daniel Quinn
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Difficult, Persuasive
Worth the challenge!

This was quite a challenge for most of us, but the thoughtful discussions we had were worth the effort.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
Lots to discuss

The men in our group thought this was historical chick-lit, but other than that criticism, we had so much to talk about. We analyzed relationships between all of the characters. We speculated why the author used a couple of plot devices. It was a great discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Interesting

We were charmed by this story. And there was a lot to discuss!

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fun
Characters to analyze

This book offered a lot to talk about--from characters to motives, to family dynamics.

One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Optimistic, Inspiring
Great characters!

We had a great discussion based on the characters--how each changed over the novel. Very interesting. The Guinness World Record facts were fun!

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
Great fun!

We enjoyed this book and all the characters--lots to discuss. So many ways the characters wound together at the end. A real treat!

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Romantic
A book about books!

We love talking about books--so this book was described as a love letter to books. So many books to discuss, characters to enjoy, etc.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Amazing historical fiction!

We had so much to discuss, from the characters to the historical setting, to the writing style.

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Brilliant
So much to talk about...

There is so much going on in this book that it gave us plenty to talk about. One of our livelier discussions, for sure.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Addictive
What is a hero?

Great discussion stemming from the hero angle. Some of us LOVED it some of us were meh.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Epic, Adventurous
Much to discuss!

There was much to discuss with this book--from choosing the genre to character analysis.

What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic
A divided discussion

It was a divided discussion between those who loved the book and those who hated it. We explored the complex relationships among all of the characters. But we all loved the art and the descriptions.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fantastic, Addictive
Lots to discuss!

Finding out that this is a four-part series gave us pause, but we enjoyed this book and there was much to discuss.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Unconvincing, Interesting
A book about books!

We had so much fun talking about the books and the book group. The themes were a blast. We enjoyed the book, not so much the parts about the daughter in Paris, but overall we enjoyed the book very much.

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