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Name : Amanda W.

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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Romantic
An insight into what it was REALLY like to live during the Jane Austen era!

The author takes a Jane Austen romance and mixes in the stinky, dirty details of life in the 18th century with a little sci-fi on the side. I can't wait to read the sequel!

I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman
Graphic, Dark, Gloomy
I Smile Back

This was a dark and depressing look in to the life of a woman that by all appearances is happy and normal. I liked the book because it was realistic. Not everyone is successful in rehab, not everyone learns from their mistakes, not everyone lives happily ever after. There are women who do feel trapped in the life they are living and feel like they need an escape. Most women would maybe have a Girl's Night Out, not bang her best friends husband, but obviously Laney doesn't deal with situations the way most people would. To say she has issues is an understatement. On a lighter note, this book did make me wonder about all the "PTA" moms that I know.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
The Secret Life of Bees

It took a few chapters for me to get hooked, but once I did, I couldn't put the book down. Lily, Rosaleen, and "the calendar sisters" prove that you don't have to be blood related to be a family! This book touches your heart on so many different levels.

Star Bright by Catherine Anderson
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Interesting
Star Bright

When I started reading this book, I described it to other members of my book club as Nora Roberts meets Sleeping with the Enemy (I loved that the author mentions the movie!!), but I was wrong. I think this book goes much deeper than any Nora Roberts book that I have read; I actually felt Rainie's shame as she described what happened to her. Overall, it was a good book and I would definitely recommend it to others.

A Life Transparent by Todd Keisling
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dark
A Life Transparent

This was unlike any other book I have ever read. What an imagination! I don't normally like sci-fi books, but this book was so much more than that. I think that if you read this book with an open mind, you will walk away with so much more than you expect.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Gloomy
A dark and depressing road

I am not the type of person that enjoys reading books or watching movies about the end of the world or the end of civilization, which is why I tend to steer away from that particular genre. I will say that this was a very well-written book with a unique writing style that I have never seen before.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
The Plain Truth

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Adventurous, Fantastic
It's Still True!

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dark, Graphic
Darkly Dreaming Dexter

I think one of the signs of a great writer is that he or she can take an otherwise deplorable character and have you rooting for them in the end! I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely read the rest of the series (and probably watch the Showtime series). I found myself laughing in several places in this book and then reminding myself that I really shouldn't be. Don't you love dark comedy! While this book is not a typical book club pick, I think it brings up several topics that can be discussed, such as "eye for an eye", "vigilante justice", sibling rivalry, and sexual harassment in the work place.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Interesting
Dewey - The Cat That Saved the Town

When I started reading this book, I didn't expect too much. I mean, I'm not a cat person. However, I enjoyed reading about Spencer, Iowa and Vicki Myron almost as much as I enjoyed reading about Dewey. I don't really believe that Dewey saved the town, but I think he gave the town enough hope and happiness to get them through very trying times. This is a very sweet story.

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