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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
 
Not a discussion book

Our Book club read it as a Halloween read. It was scary, but the content did not afford a discussion at the meeting.

The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
 
Epic, Dramatic, Brilliant
Spanish Conquistadors arrive and settle Peru

The book was very detailed and historic. It was interesting and engaging. A longer read, but well worth staying with. I was caught up in the battles, lifestyles and the history of the Incas, and the Spanish conquistadors who came to "Serve God, The King and get rich!"

Our book club meeting included Peruvian national dishes, desserts and Pisco Sour drinks. We had a call in from the author Kim MacQuarrie which was excellent. We were able to gain more insight into his experience and knowledge.

The 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff
 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The 19th Wife of Brigham Young

It was an excellent mix of history and fiction, bringing the past forward. Very interesting to learn the background on LDS and Polygamy. I found it to be very engaging!

 
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
An easy read with humor

It is a light book about a woman, JUne, who kills a passenger in a car accident. She finds the woman's list of things to do before she turns 25, and June decides to honor her by completing the items.

Not a great discussion book, but it can certainly open up some discussion about your Bucket List.

 
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
To do List

It was a light story about a woman who completes the TO DO LIST of a passenger that died in her car following accident. It is inspiring and funny.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
A Historical Fiction book about the circus

The background story of a boy who grows up with the circus. It gets behind the sparkle and glamour of the circus.

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Historical Fiction book about a US government Progam.

I loved this book! Our club had a lot to discuss and we all felt it was one of our favorite books.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
A humbling story about growing up in a dysfunctional family.

The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
 
Life Changing, Insightful, Difficult
Fast read of the realities of having teen drivers

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Very Hard to Muddle through

A poorly written novel based on the life of a self proclaimed "Saint" who leaves his home country and family to help terrorists instead of finding needy sould here.

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
Not an Inspirational Book

I did not find the book to be as Inspirational as it was touted as. It is a fictional story of one man's glimpse into heaven. I was troubled by some of ideals that did not mesh with my ideas of God's plans. It was boring and would not be a good discussion book.

Testimony: A Novel by Anita Shreve
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
One night in the life of teen boys changes everyone's life forever.

Very thought provoking and great discussion book!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Liked it better than Kite Runner.

The bond two women in a desperate life share threads them through tough times in Afganistan.

 
Pointless, Informative, Interesting
The diary of a 1930's privileged Jewish teen living in NYC

Interesting to enter into the private world of Florence Wolfson, and step back in time to NYC's flapper days, but not a topic for discussion.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Good discussion

Sad drama of a child with disabilities being removed from her family and the toll it takes on the dynamics. What if..............

 
A look back on the friendships that shaped your life

The intense friendships we had in our teens that don't last, have an impact on the future of our lives. How many times have we looked back and remembered but never caught back up with them....in this book you have the chance.....

The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult
 
Interesting, Dark, Dramatic
Attention getting ending!

Another of Picoult's dramas with many twist and turns. A lot of angles to discuss.

The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
 
Great Read!

She weaves the stories of her characters beautifully. I loved this book!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
great discussion book...

I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass
 
Slow, Difficult, Interesting
Hard read...not my favorite Julia Glass Book

The story went back and forth being narrated by 2 sisters. It was confusing and choppy at times. I enjoyed her other 2 books, but felt let down after reading this one.

The Memorist by M. J. Rose
 
Insightful, Adventurous, Dramatic
Reincarnation

Our Book club won this book here on the Book Movement site. It was not the kind of book we would have gravitated towards and picked, but the club was surprised. Everyone loved this book! The storyline was fascinating and the characters were well developed. It led to an interesting discussion at our Book Club Meeting that we held with a "Viennse" theme. We plan to read the previous book by the same author, "The Reincarnist."

 
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Another Trigiani Tale of food, family, Italy and...love

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
Henry the VIII's mistress

Our club LOVED this book..so much to discuss. Historical fiction that goes beyond the storybook tales of royalty.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
This book had it all....love, romance, adultery, architecture.....

The "true" story of Frank Lloyd Wright. His illicit love affair and the shocking ending. Very interesting book..with an interesting look into Frank's life.

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
WOW! A lot to take in and discuss!

A teenager who really tries to find himself/herself!

 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Unbelievable ending!

This book poses so many questions...and the discussions can just go round and round. What would you do to save your child? Will anyone who is not in that situation ever be able to honestly answer?

 
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
A woman's journey

The ultimate fantasy to run away from it all when things get tough. Elizabeth has the luxury to do just that and traipse accross the world in pursuit of what her life if about and along the way she discovers instead of running away..she was found.

 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
We loved this haunting love story

 
Inspiring, Interesting, Insightful
Very Cliche...easy read but not a discussion book

The book was an easy breezy read, but I was disappointed in how predictable it was!

 
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Pure Fiction based on Laura Bush's life

The story was inspired by Laura Bush's life, but very loose story with fictious events and themes, but a fun look at being the Woman behind the Man!

 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Short thought provoking read!!!

There are so many angles to approach this. This short book can open the door for much discussion. I read it on my own and will encourage my Book Club to pick it up to discuss!

 
Confusing, Informative, Insightful
Uninspiring sad tale that just went on and on

 
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
Powerful Spiritual Story of a Family

The love between the family members connected them through hard times.

 
Interesting, Confusing, Beautiful
A short fast read that digs deep.

The story sweeps you in and captures every emotion.

 
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
A love story that never was.......

The book was long and in some spots slow, but the background and culture was very interesting. The sad story is not a happy one...but I overall I did enjoy the book!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Holocaust Story told by Death as a Narrator

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Holocaust Story told by Death as a Narrator

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Mom brings Wrongful Death Suit for the birth of handicapped daughter

The story poses questions about aborting a disabled child. It was not a fun book by any means.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Thirteenth Tale

The idea of the book was brillant, unfortunately, it took too long to get to the ending! It was very interesting and mysterious, but slow moving!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Optimistic
A light read...

Luanne Rice's usual easy to reading, hard to put down book! This one was about the dynamics of sisters, and how that special bond keeps families together and apart.

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe, Jason F. Wright
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Persuasive
LIfe's Lessons

A sad little story about growing up and learning what life's treasures really are.

World Without End by Ken Follett
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Interesting, Insightful
A summer read

This was a summer read..heavy to carry to the beach..but I became swept away with it. A lot of history, drama and adventure!

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Adventurous, Informative
Epic tale of 12th Century Cathedral

I loved it! This was the first book in the 2 part series. The set in the 12th century. It is the story of the building of Kingsborough Cathedral. The drama involves royalty, religious leaders, townspeople. peasants and children.
The stories span hundreds of years, but the theme and the adventure are the same story. I was hooked and read both very long books back to back.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Difficult, Romantic
One of the best Romance Stories ever

A Love Story that captures you with all drama...a love triangle, heartache and finally the triumph of true love realized!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Another what if story

Our Book Club enjoyed this book and found a lot to discuss. It was a fast and easy read, and everyone had an opinion on the ending!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Informative, Interesting, Fun
Not a favorite pick

Our club had a hard time getting into this book. A few put it down and did not finish. The premise of telling the story through letters was a great idea, however, the story was slow moving and so typical. It was too unbelievable to think a stranger meets neighbors of a town and visits them, takes one of their children as an adoptee and falls in love in the span of a few weeks.

The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
Captivating Read!

I read MJ Rose's The Memorist before I read this book, and found as much as I enjoyed that one, The Reincarnist become my favorite of the two. It's a great read with suspense, romance, mystery and history.

Belong to Me LP: A Novel by Marisa De Los Santos
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Optimistic
A Domestic Story

Tales of 4 Mothers and their individual life battles, and the thread that weaves them together. It is a light read.

Best Friends: A Novel by Martha Moody
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Adventurous
College Roommates thru the years

Two girls with nothing in common--one from the midwest and one from California, dorm together and share their lives. The story takes them through marriage, divorces, parenthood, drama and death.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Adventurous
Southern Gals Reunion

A group of Southern college "girls" take a raft trip down the Mississipi in the late stages of their life. They revist their memories of the original Mississippi River Trip and reflect on their life's progress and growth.

One True Thing: A Novel by Anna Quindlen
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Beautiful
A story about the love between a Mother and Daughter

A story of a young woman who thinks she has it all figured out, when she is called to come home to nurse her terminally ill mother. The story is bittersweet as the bond deepens and changes.

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
A Historical Love Story

It ended where I wanted it to start! I plan to read the sequel!

The story of the power behind the veil.

Home Safe: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
 
Boring, Slow, Interesting
Not one of my favorite Elizabeth Berg books

It was pretty predictable and very slow reading. The story and the characters were not deep enough to hold my interest. I muddled through reading this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Informative, Interesting
Another Wonderful Tan Book

Amy Tan brings her characters to life through historical settings that make you keep turning pages to read through to the end! I loved this story1

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
I didnt enjoy this book...I was disappointed

Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Adventurous
The Superclass at the Cannes Film Festival

Loved it! A behind the scenes story of the rich elite Hollywood and Fashion celebrities hob nobbing amound a driven businessman bent on "destroying worlds" to show his x-wife the power of his love for her.

Home to Big Stone Gap: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Adventurous
Another Trigiani Tale of Italian Family

Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors. I love to read her stories of Italian Family values and traditions, with a few recipes sprinkled in.

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fantastic
Historic fiction story of two characters born on the same day

A story about two boys born on the same day, one into poverty and one into a wealthy bankers family. The twists and turns that have them entering each others lives over and over keeps you hooked. The ending was not what I had hoped.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Chinese Sisters become Americans

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Southern Charm

Our Bookclub loved this book. We held our meeting with fried chicken and yes....Chocolate Pie! We were trusting and did sample it!

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Inspiring, Fun
Romantic Mystery

A sappy love story with some mystery. It was an easy light read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Newlyweds in Africa

A young couple travel to Africa and embark on a dangerous adventure with an outcome that threatens their marriage. A very interesting book in an exotic setting.

The Nanny Diaries: A Novel by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Fun
The secret life of Nannies on Park Ave

A hysterical fun book.

True Blue by Luanne Rice
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Beautiful, Fantastic
Luanne Rice returns to her Connecticut Beach town stories

for a story of friendship, family and choices

Cloud Nine by Luanne Rice
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Romantic, Inspiring
Quilt maker with cancer

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Fun
A very funny story of growing up

The author keeps the humor on every page of her dysfunctional childhood. I laughed out loud and couldn't put it down!

A Separate Country by Robert Hicks
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Adventurous
Confederate General John Bell Hood

A historical fiction book based on General John Bell Hood, of the Confederate Army in the years after the Civil War. It is a story about how this Historical Man settles in New Orleans, builds a family and comes to terms with his immortality. Hicks tells this tale with side by side diaries of Hood and his wife. It was an exciting moving story.

 
Slow, Fun
Interesting inside look into the CIA

It was a fun book to read, however it was a book club discussion book.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
IThe Holocaust through the eyes of a small child

This story personalized the Holocaust for me and made me cry. The story was well written and the side by side contrast to present day kept me interested.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Pointless
Thought provoking

There were so many different levels of drama going on...where to begin! It is a page turner and a great discussion book!

 
Boring
slow...boring..

I want my night back that I spent reading this nonsense!

The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Life Changing
Against All Odds Story

Sophia escapes a labor camp in Siberia to begin a new life.

A Summer Affair: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Pointless
Summer story with troubling storyline

I was looking forward to a more relaxed happy summer reading. The story line was somewhat dark and troubling. Not a favorite of our book club

The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Graphic, Informative
Love story in China

A Westside story relationship involving two unlikely lovers, one Chinese native and one young Russian girl. Kate Furnivall weaves the story with Russian references and phrases. I was transformed and hooked to the last page.

Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Brilliant, Adventurous
A Romance in France

Susannah travels to France to the French Camargue, to discover the famous white horses and learn about her family's mysterious saint. She finds mystery and romance.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Addicting read...I was taken in by Chapeter 3

As other reviewers have noted, the beginning is slow, but stay with it. It starts to move fast and sweep you along. I am not a mystery reader but I became unable to put this book down! The ending was not all I hoped for, but this was an intriguing read!

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Beautiful
The namesake

Very interesting book with an inside look at a different culture's traditions and family ties. I really enjoyed it!

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Fictional Biblical story on the power of...........WOMEN

A great Bookclub read. One of my favorite books.

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
 
Interesting, Insightful, Beautiful
I was disappointed..it was slow.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic, Difficult
A Fun Christmas Story for Modern Times

I think we all would like to skip the Christmas work of decorating, shopping and running around, but in the end the Holiday Season takes over and we are in the Spirit!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Year Of Wonder

A personal account of life in a small village during the plague. I enjoyed reading the book, that was written in old English dialogue.

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
 
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Lepers Colony Historical Fiction on Molokai

The story was an interesting theme, but the content was slow and predictible.

The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing
Great Read with a Surprise Twist Ending!

The beginning is a little slow, but once you get into it, you cannot put it down! Our club loved this book! And we are looking forward to the sequel!

True Confections: A Novel by Katharine Weber
 
Slow, Interesting, Boring
Slooooooow

I did not enjoy reading True Confections. The storyline was flat and it was told as a narration through the voice of an employee that married into the family business. It was slow moving and choppy. I would not recommend this as a Book Club read or a personal read.

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Dramatic, Adventurous
New Orleans in the Good Ole Boys Days

An interesting read about a Good Ole Southern man of privilege, as he turns 30 and finds himself.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
The Shadow of the Wind

It was a familiar story set in a new setting in Barcelona. It was a slow start, but it soon turned into a story I could not put down! Our Book Club loved this book and we celebrated with a Spanish Theme meeting with Tapas, Spanish Wine and a lot of discussion.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
A "what would you do" story

I didn't read this with my Bookclub, but it would be a great Bookclub read with alot of issues to discuss. It was an easy, fast read and I enjoyed it.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown has done it again. Another page turning, nail biting story that you CANNOT put down!

True Colors: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Fun
True Colors

Easy fun read about 3 sisters

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Life Changing, Dramatic
Shades of Blue

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Joyluck Club

An inside look at First Generation Female Chinese Immigrants and their American daughters. The book places their stories with their dreams and hardhips side by side.

Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline
 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Fun, Interesting
Our Book Club did not LOVE it.

We have read other books by Scottoline and were a little disappointed. This was a fast easy read but it was unconvincing and somewhat silly. The buried alive passages were hard to read!!!

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Dramatic, Insightful
The Map of True Place

Brunonia's second book, not a sequel but a few of her characters make a cameo in the story set in Salem.

It is another great read with lots of twists, and turns. I was hooked from beginning to end! It was not a Book Club Read, but I will recommend it to my group.

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

It was the typical female bonding story of a group of housewives who abandoned their dreams to raise their families, with hearfelt stories of hardships endured and memories shared. I loved this book!

Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
 
Boring, Slow, Adventurous
Not a discussion book

It was entertaining, but not as breezy or beachy as I had hoped. He is not an author, but a storyteller.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
A small town look at WWII

After reading so many WWII novels, I wasnt sure there was more to read, but this was a new twist. The author portrayed the effects of the war to personal families in a small New England town and foiled it against an American radio commentator in Europe, and then tied it all up together. It was an enlightening read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Fun
Scottoline's true stories

It was a collection of short essays from Lisa Scottoline. We got to meet her personally and get to know her as a friend by reading her essays. There were funny and easy to read.

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Long Island Story about a boy and a bar

Our bookclub enjoyed reading this book since it takes place here on Long Island. One member realized at the end of the book that she knew some of the characters. It made for a fun discussion and meeting where we served "bar food"

Ines of My Soul: A Novel by Isabel Allende
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Fun
A love story in Colonial Chile

A historical fiction book on the woman behind the Spanish conquistador who conquered and settled Chile and the love they shared.

Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Informative
New Orleans Creole

A historical fiction book about the Creole people who were their own class in New Orleans. Anne Rice tells the story of a family of mixed culture with all their hopes, dreams and limitations. I really enjoyed travelling down the streets of the French Quarter and hearing the history behind the landmarks.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
A life changing encounter for two woman

I was swept up in the story and could not put it down until I finished it! It was a moving story with a lot to discuss. The story is told through narration from both woman. I really enjoyed this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Fun
The Center of the Universe

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
A mystery with lots of twists

This was not my usual book pick. It was difficult to get into, as it started slow and dragged, but once I was into the story, I enjoyed it. Don't give up..it gets better!

Brava, Valentine: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Brava Valentine

I love Adriana Trigiani's books and this one did not disappoint. Another tale of family, tradition, Italy visits and LOVE!

The Beach Club: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Interesting, Fun
Breezy Beach Read

This is not a thought provoking novel, but an enjoyable easy breezy beach read. I enjoyed it!

Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Epic
Ancient Egypt

A historical novel on ancient Egypt narrated through the Queen turned Pharaoh Nefertiti. It was a page turning book that kept me up reading all night! I became transformed to the ancient cities and became immersed in the story.

I highly recommend this book for an interesting book club selection.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
One of our favorite bookclub reads!

We found this book hard to put down and very easy to read! It sparked a renewed interest in Roman times.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Romantic
Heretic Queen---

This was the sequel to Nerftiti. It was an amazing love story with all the historic details you come to expect from Michelle Moran.

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
A slow story written by a dog

Not my favorite read, luckily it was short!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
A true American Classic

A wonderful gold coast love story gone wrong.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Slow, Pointless
Gatsby inspired comedy

This summer my bookclub did read Gatsby, so I had to recommend this to the group! It is a fun light beach read that incorporates the Gatsby story with the Hamptons! I loved it!

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Interesting
A Reliable Wife

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Beautiful
Exotic Family Story

I loved the dynamics in the family. Wonderful tale.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Fantastic, Adventurous
Bucket List

I am slowly checking them off!

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Pointless
The Afterlife in England

This was an interesting read, albeit a confusing read. I found myself re-reading passages and then flipping back a few chapters to review. All in all an interesting theme for a story with the twin dynamic spun in.

 
Boring, Pointless, Slow
Mother Daughter Travel

Our Book Club has expected so much more from a Sue Monk Kidd book, unfortunately it did not hold up.

The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
What would you do?

Parents try to protect their children,but is it always right to let them shirk responsibility?

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
A story of what if.....

A nostaglic story of star crossed lovers with a WWII backdrop. It was an easy engaging read.

Rescue: A Novel by Anita Shreve
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Unconvincing
Anita Shreve

An easy interesting read. It could serve as Book Club pick with a discussion on the ethical and personal issues of what would you do.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Adventurous
Romance Italian style

I love Adriana's books, romantic fun read with a seasoning of family.

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Informative
Loved it

I love Adriana's books---this was another fun romantic family story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Fossil Hunter

The story of how two spinster women find fossils that change the science world's outlook on creation, and the hardships and rewards that come with it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Art History

I loved this book and the preface from the author, Tracy Chevalier, pulled it together. The author had owned a print of the picture and was facinated by the Girl with the Pearl Earring. The author brought her and the story of the painting to life. My copy had photos of pieces of the painter, Veneer's Art to refence, which were described with their own stories as well.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Interesting
Christmas Memory

It was a sad story that made me appreciate the Christmas Memories I can give my children.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Graphic, Informative
Vietnam War Story

It was very slow in the beginning and I had a hard time getting into it, once I did it was still slow moving. It was an interesting look into the Vietnam War, a love story it was not.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Graphic, Informative
Vietnam Story

It was very slow in the beginning and I had a hard time getting into it, once I did it was still slow moving. It was an interesting look into the Vietnam War, a love story it was not.

Room by Emma Donaghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Inspiring

Our bookclub had some great discussion about the book. We were impressed with Ma's ability to transform the small room into a home for her son.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
A romantic story of Food and Love

Another fun easy read from Jennifer Weiner. A great beach read for lazy days in the sun.

Plain Truth: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Life in the Amish Country

Everyone has their dark secrets, even the Amish. It was an interesting look into their strange world.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Charleston

Our Book club really enjoyed reading this book. Some of us thought it was one of the best books we have read. We had a great meeting discussing the characters, plot and author inspiration. It was a great book club read.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Charleston

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Brilliant, Insightful
More timely now than when Ayn wrote it

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Cutting for Stone

An amazing story of love lost, hardships and triumphs. I loved the story, the characters and enjoyed the Ethiopian history.

The Island: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Romantic
It was a fun summer read with happy ending

Beach Music: A Novel by Pat Conroy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fantastic, Insightful
Beach Music

A great story of family and Southern Charm.

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

An Antibellum story from the slaves' point of view. It was told as a narration from two characters---one white enslaved girl and one half white half slave. The story flowed and was so engaging I found it hard to put down and was sorry to finish.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
An American in Communist China

Pearl's daughter, Joy decides to drop her Imperial ideals and join communist china to build her heritage. Pearl follows her back to try to bring her home.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Mudbound

WW2 and the Old South meet head on and narrated in the characters own words. The prejudices and relationships that bound the soliders and the family members left behind made for a powerful story.

The Pirate's Daughter: A Novel by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Inspiring, Beautiful
Erroll Flynn's untold story----

A great historical fictitious read narrated by a woman who was Erroll Flynn's Jamaican daughter.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Epic, Informative
The French Revolution

This was such an interesting--can't put down read. The French Revolution from the back rooms of a wax museum artist. Marie straddled both sides of the political arena by befriending the Royals and housing the revolutionaries. An excellent story with history and characters that had depth.

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Epic, Insightful
A Classic

A classic read by Hemingway

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The story of the woman behind the man

Caleb's Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
An Insight into Colonial America

I loved this book. I was well written and the characters became familiar friends. I did not read it with my book club but recommend it as a Book Club read since it would be a wonderful book to discuss.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Interesting
Girl In Translation

Oub Book Club spent a wonderful evening thoroughly discussing this book and dining on Asian appetizers, desserts and drinking Plum Wine.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Dark Continent

I found the historic story of the African culture very interesting and learned a lot I did not know. It was an enlightening look into their lifestyles and ideals.Who knew they themselves owned slaves and were slave traders?

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
An Uplifting Story

The details of a child's visit to heaven told by his father.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Gloomy, Interesting
ART OF SAYING GOODBYE

I did not feel the characters were developed enough. I never felt a connection to any of them or or their stories and felt they were not connected to each other. Not a favorite of our bookclub.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Interesting
The Night Circus

Its a quirky love story. A fun book that makes you think and wonder---what if...

The Young Wan by Brendan O'Carroll
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
An Irish Lass' Tale

The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
A story about Friends

...but with a friend like Noel , who needs enemies. It was an easy book that had so many subplots and twists and turns. Our bookclub spent while discussing all the details and felt this could be a miniseriers turned soap opera.

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews
 
Interesting, Informative, Difficult
Kennedy story

The book read like a textbook. Most of us stopped reading this before the middle of the book. He has just an interesting history and lifestory but the book did not captivate us. Poorly written.

Ellis Island: A Novel by Kate Kerrigan
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Beautiful, Interesting
Irish American Love Story

 
Book Club Recommended
Poorly Written, Graphic, Romantic
STEAMY, erotic, fun

Our Book club read all three books and became hooked! We had a great discussion night with some fun "themed" edibles and decorations. It was a very...interesting night.

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H Balson
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Once We Were Brothers

A well written novel on another angle of the Holocaust. Our Book Club agreed that this was one of the best books we have written and we could not put it down.

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Slow, Pointless
Beachy Summer Read

This was a great summer read that was fun and easy to read.

The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Dramatic, Inspiring
The Color of Heaven

This book generated a lot of deep discussions at our Book Club meeting about the afterlife. It was interesting to compare this to other books we have read on the subject.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Informative
Jerusalem Maiden

It was an interesting love story, but slow moving in some parts

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Not the Movie

We read the book and then saw the Movie. The book was a better story---
We enjoyed discussing the details of the book and the relationships.

 
Book Club Recommended
New Zealand

Our book club loved this short read. It was a heavy discussion book and we spent a lot of time discussing. We had a New Zealand Kiwi Party to round out the theme.

The Painted Girls: A Novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Historical Fiction in Paris

The book was interesting and moved along well. Our book club spent our meeting in deep discussion, however we all felt the abrupt ending left alot out. We felt the ending was rushed.

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Interesting
Read like a text book

Slow, boring book that I did not enjoy at all. Dates, details and endless stories that inflated the author\\\\\\\'s ego did not make a book club book we could have a discussion about.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
Loved this book

I could not put this book down at first--in some spots it dragged but overall I really enjoyed this book. A lot to cover and a lot to discuss. Loved the NYC neighborhoods, restaurants.

 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Philomena

The story was an interesting topic, however it was hard to read at times, very textbook like.

Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful
Over and Over

Interesting premise, but the book was just too long--too many characters to keep track of and too many plots. If the book was shorter, it may have been a better read. Our Book Club did prepare many of the English dishes to try and we held a good discussion.

The Traitor's Wife: A Novel by Allison Pataki
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Behind Benedict

This was a very interesting take on the historic version we have all come to believe. It was really insightful to learn about the woman behind the traitor. The story was an easy read and the period theme was great for our book club meeting. We prepared some of the food they ate in the book and drank wine.

Baby Bailino (Baby Grand) by Dina Santorelli
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Adventurous
Sequel

This was the sequel to her first book Baby Grand. It was just as adventurous and romance is in the air. Cant wait for the follow up to thi.

Same Beach, Next Year: A Novel by Dorothea Benton Frank
 
Unconvincing

 
Slow, Informative, Adventurous

 
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

 
Confusing, Interesting, Beautiful

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