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A Break in the Storm by Arnold Simon
 
Good information about post WW I Europe, but sometimes difficult to follow.

The opening of the book was captivating, but it was somewhat confusing jumping from present to past and back again without clear delineation of times. I found myself not very interested in the main characters and would have liked to read more about peripheral characters. The end of the book was not very satisfying or surprising.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
Main character lacks moral fiber

I kept hoping the main character,Amir, would finally do something to redeem himself. The only time time Amir did anything throughout the entire book, was when it benefitted himself.

The book did let the reader view Afghanistan before the Taliban and 9/11. That makes reading the book of some value.

Lucky by Alice Sebold
 
Graphic, Dramatic, Dark
Compelling story that raises many issues.

There are strong graphic images that may be hard for some people to read.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
 
Fun, Dramatic, Difficult
Light Hearted & Amusing

A humorous look at Christmas and all the trimmings that come with the holiday. I thought the book wrapped up too quickly without taking care of loose ends.

Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
 
Slow, Insightful, Beautiful
Tedious to read.

Very cerebral reading. There is a message, but you must drag yourself through the book to get it.

 
Boring, Poorly Written, Informative
Interesting throughout

Explores the ins and outs of many aspects of Harper Lee. I found the relationship between Harper Lee and Truman Capote, as detailed in this book, a very compleeling read.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Compelling novel about a tragic situation

While I found this book interesting, it was not as riveting for me as Kite Runner.

 
Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
Too long and not that interesting

Did not like the way the author went back and forth in time. The story could have been told in a MUCH more condensed version.

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