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Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Very Interesting

I enjoyed learning more about Frank Lloyd Wright and his personal life. It was a very good book that showed the choices that early feminist had to make.

The Shack by William P. Young
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
Uninspiring and disappointing.

I found the conversations between the trinity and the main character very confusing. I think it tried to seem deep and thought provoking but left me very unsatisfied.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
 
Informative, Persuasive, Inspiring
Boring, slow read

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Beautiful
Pleasant read about best friends and their long relationship through good and bad.

I enjoyed the book although it was not ground breaking or entirely unpredictable.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Interesting but confusing

I thought this book was interesting but very confusing. It was hard to keep track of what was going on because it jumped from him to her and from future, past and present. Could have been better. I have seen previews for the movie based on this book and it looks better than the book but we will have to see.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant
Very Strange Book

I chose this book for our book club based upon reviews that I had read without having already read the book myself. It was a confusing and very unbelievable book. It was interesting and quite an adventure but more like a fairy tale or some fable. Most of book club did not enjoy this book but it did have many themes for a good discussion anyway.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
One of my favorite all time books!

This book was wonderful. It draws the reader in from the first page. Wonderfully written and a powerful story of life in Afghanistan for women of the different decades and areas. I loved "The Kite Runner" but enjoyed this book even more.

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Inspiring story but could have condensed the book down quite a bit

Good story but was very slow in parts. Could have reduced a lot of the monotonous details and had a much more interesting book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Heavy subject matter but very interesting.

I really liked this book. It certainly made you understand how the perpetrator of a school shooting could be a victim as much as the actual shooting victims. Makes you question who is actually to blame or partially to blame for the makeup of these "killers" and with things handled differently in their lives, would they have ever gotten to that point? Very good book for a book club discussion. Sure to bring out many differing opinions.

 
Informative, Graphic, Confusing
Strange, sad and slow moving

I found this book to be very strange. Most pages had from a few lines to half a page of footnotes about the Dominican Republic or its leaders. A sad, slow book.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Interesting and diverse group of characters

I liked the interesting and diverse characters but I never got the feeling that I had to keep reading to find out what happens to them the way a great book will do. Decent but nothing great.

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

This is by far my favorite book that I have read in a long time (and I read alot). I loved it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun, Interesting
Loved it!

I loved this book. Very fun and interesting. Loved the style of writing (using the letters to tell the story).

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Good Book

Starts slow but really gets interesting.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Good Book

This is supposed to be a young adult novel but I loved it.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Fun book.

This book was a quick, fun book.

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

This book was different. It was interesting but definitely does not play out the way you think it will. Could have been better but was still a fairly good book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Good Book

This was a good book. You learn a lot about the traveling circus while reading this. Gives you insight into an aging man's emotions as well.

The 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Very interesting book.

This book was very informative about the beginnings of the Mormon Church and polygamy. It lets the reader in on the emotions behind the lifestyle and how it affects all of the participants. It has a lot of research in it and is sometimes a little confusing but very interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Fun Book

This book was a fun read. It is interesting and unique. I liked it and recommended it to my husband and teenager.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Good Book.

This book dealt with a difficult subject but was very interesting and I really enjoyed it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dark, Beautiful
Great Book.

I loved this book. It dealt with difficult subject matters but ones that we need to realize are realities in many places. I feel in love with the characters. Love this writer's works.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Good Book.

This is a good book about one family's life during the Nazi regime and the effects it took on their family.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Interesting book.

This was an interesting book about a mute boy, his family and his dogs. Strange ending but overall a good book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Very interesting and unique book.

This book took the premise of sending white women to the Indian reservations for the indians as part of an agreement with them to keep them on their reservations. Loved the varying and unique cast of characters. Great and believable story. Very interesting!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Another thought provoking tear jerker.

I really liked this book as I do most of Jodi Picoult's books. She always manages to make you see an issue from both sides and make you question what you initially thought was right.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Graphic, Dark
Loved the series

I loved this series. I had read a lot about these books and couldn't wait to read them. I read about a third of the first book and thought it was slow and dull and wasn't sure if I would finish it. I am so glad that I did. About half way into the book it really took off for me. The story became more about the characters and less about the very detailed scandal the character was trying to expose. Book two hooked me from page one and book three was absolutely 5 stars from start to finish. I would highly recommend this series. Might be a little lengthy for book clubs but worth the read for anyone who has the time.

House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
An OK book

I have read most of Jodi Picoult's books and found this to be too familiar in it's writing. She has lost some of her surprise and uniqueness with each new book. I do like that she helps you to see the story from each side (and sometimes there are many sides). Her books are never bad or boring but just somewhat predictable. I wasn't really satisfied with the way it ended either. I would have preferred a more definite ending instead of leaving the reader hanging.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Interesting
Unique book

I found this book to be an interesting read. It has a touch of fantasy but not so much that it feels like an actual "fantasy" book. It is more to do with relationships with family and friends and small love story also.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Very good book

I really enjoyed this book. Reminded me some of "Marley and Me" but actually written from the dog's perspective. Fun, interesting and a little sad but very good.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
LOVED THIS BOOK

I loved this book. I loved the style and format of the writing. It is written in letters revealed to the reader. It takes you on a wonderful journey where you get to know an amazing cast of characters. I couldn't put this book down and would love to close my eyes and be there on the Channel Island with that group.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
A good book overall

This was not my favorite book but it was an overall decent book. Parts of the book were slow moving and sometimes a little dull but it was very informative about the way Americans of Japenese and Chinese descent were treated during WWII. A nice love story also.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Very good book

This was a very good book. It was interesting and very informative about the way the Jews were treated in France during WWII. Sad but very good.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
Good Last Book in Series

I enjoyed Mokingjay. I thought it was good way to finish off the series. The Hunger Games was the best of the 3 books but this was good.

Re Jane: A Novel by Patricia Park
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
 

The Hamilton Affair: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs
 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
 
Brilliant, Insightful, Fantastic

 
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

The Library Book by Susan Orlean
 
Informative, Interesting, Inspiring
Very Boring Book

I work in a library and was excited to read this book. Some of the information contained within the book was very informative but overall the book was unbelievable boring. Parts were torture to get through. I was very disappointed.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Addictive
Excellent Book

I loved this book. It was a very informative book based on true events. Set in Appalachian Kentucky during the 1930's where there was a government program to hire horseback librarians to deliver books. It also was about the "blue people" of the area during that time. Have met the author, Kim Michele Richardson, as well and she is wonderful.

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