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Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
I loved this book!

I think Jill Smolinski did a great job creating believable, likable characters that you actually cared about. I couldn't wait to finish this book and was done in about three days. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys reading and who may be unsure of following their own dreams. This book encouraged our whole book club to write our own "to do" lists. Some were actually surprised with what they included. I look forward to Jill's next book.

Finding Noel: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans
 
Inspiring
short, sweet tale set at Christmastime, not a heavy read

The main character Mark learns about himself as he learns about the other characters in the book. In discovering love with Macy, he also discovers that he can love himself.

 
Interesting, Beautiful, Informative
I apologized to my book club for choosing this book.

From the reviews and the description on the back cover of this book, I thought it looked quite interesting. Instead, I found it to be confusing, and Erdrich's style of writing extremely poor. I found very few of her characters likable. The story of the drum's origin was intriguing, I think just that would have been a better book. Our club did have a wonderful discussion in spite of it all.

Plain Truth: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

I enjoyed this book this first time I READ IT, ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, and again this time. There were things i noticed this time that I didn't the first time. I always like books set in Amish country. I find their culture admirable, although the average American does not appreciate it. Jodi Picoult did a good job on this one.

Woman's World: A Novel by Graham Rawle
 
Confusing, Pointless, Dark
Woman's World: A Novel

This book was creative in the way the author put it together. However, our bookclub found it weird and confusing. The storyline was difficult to determine, as was some of the pertinent information about the characters. Our discussion was lively due to the mutual confusion about the story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Have A Little Faith

This book sparked a wonderful (and lengthy) discussion with our book club. Everyone had something to say (Lots, actually). Mitch Albom is a very gifted writer, and his subject matter never ceases to interest me.

The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel, Nancy Garfinkel
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Interesting, Fun
The Recipe Club

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

This book proved an excellent choice for our book club. We had one of the best discussions ever. Since it was written from the point of view of the Alzheimer's victim, it gave us all a greater understanding of a disease that, unfortunately, is greatly misunderstood. It was not a light read, but definitely a "must read".

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Not a book I would have chosen on my own, but one that I am glad I read. It was written in a way that made you believe it could have actually been a true story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I first read this book when I was about 12 years old. I loved it then and have read it a few times since. I thought it would be interesting to see what others thought of this book, as adults. Our club had mixed views, to say the least. The discussion was excellent. One member wondered about "what happens next".... I have to admit, I've wondered that myself.

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Growing Up Laughing, My Story by Marlo Thomas

I liked the book, but the title is misleading. This is not Marlo Thomas' story. There are parts which ARE about her life, but then she interviews several popular comedians, and we learn about THEIR lives. All very interesting and informative, but I feel this was actually 2 books, and should have been written as such. I will say, and everyone in our book club agreed, that this was a very optimistic read... a feel-good book in a sea of some very depressing literature... wonderful respite from the popular angst currently on the best seller list.

House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
"House Rules"

I really enjoyed this book, and it made for interesting discussion with our book club.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

Our bookclub members all loved this book. We were able to skype with Diane Chamberlain, and found her to be just wonderful. She was happy to visit with us and answer a bunch of questions as well as share a little about her own life and experiences. The book itself made for a great discussion amongst our members. I, personally, found it one of the best books I've ever read, and I look forward to reading more of Diane Chamberlain's novels.

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