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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Top book this year

I really love this book. The three main characters are so interesting and the way the author switches between them kept me peeled to the book. There are tender moments, shocking moments and very funny moments. The best book I have read this year!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
A good read

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Books within a book

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Fabulous book from woman's perspective

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Dark story but compelled you to read to the end

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

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
good but difficult subject matter

Well written but too much bad language used. I would have enjoyed it without all the curse words. Book divided into multiple sections. Compelling read because of all the various stories for each of the characters.

The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson
 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Optimistic, Fun
Sweet story

The Christmas Bus was a sweet story. Not as interesting as I expected but the characters we varied and made the story fun to read. Not a difficult book and fairly short.

The Puzzle King by Betsy Carter
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Inspiring, Dramatic
Could not put it down

I abosolutely loved this book. There are so many varied characters. I hope they make a movie someday. It covers so many emotions and is thought provoking.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Moving, difficult story

I found this book quite moving although it was difficult to read. The reason it was difficult to read is because I kept remembering it was a true story. Some of the things that happen in this family are unbelievable. The author writes it well and compels you to read to the end.

 
Insightful, Life Changing, Informative
Good Book but not for a book club

The way this book is written it really does not lend itself to a book club. It is a self-help, life concepts book that has daily assignments through questions. It addresses many wonderful issues and concepts and is more like a Bible Study. It would be good for that sort of group.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
Winter Garden - okay

I mostly enjoyed the book. I felt it did drag on in some parts. Once the mom really started telling the story of her past it got better. It was difficult to read about the terrible things she had to endure with her children. Sometimes with her grown daughters I wanted to yell at them for the way they were behaving. Overall it was a decent book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
Not as funny as I expected

I expected this book to be a laugh out loud funny book based on the reviews I read. For me and most of my book club we would not describe it that way. It did bring smiles to your face at times but it was also very deep in that it covered many aspects of these womens' lives some very difficult to read about. I did enjoy it overall.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Perspective was great!

My book club really liked this book. I think we especially liked it because it was from the unique perspective of the person with Alzheimer's. The author did her homework and made the story fun and compelling. You could not help but relate to the characters in the book because of their honest reactions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Impactful

This book made a huge impact on me. It opened my eyes to look at people from that area of the world differently and with more compassion and respect. It has caused me to evaluate information I receive regarding the Muslim faith with different eyes - more balanced. It inspired me!

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Interesting
Fun, Suspense and romance

It had all of these. Kept me reading wanting to know the outcome for both sisters.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Surprising good

This book was better than I expected considering the topic. I found many of the explainations of how the cells work difficult yet it prompted me to read more. The story of the Lacks family and their many struggles was unbelievable and heart-breaking at times. I am glad I read this.

The Immortalists by Kyle Mills
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous
Faced paced

I enjoyed the book because it was fast paced and suspenseful. Although there were some far-fetched things that happened overall I liked the book. I looked forward to reading it and had a hard time putting it down. The topic was thought provoking. Our club enjoyed discussing the implications of this type of mediccal research and outcomes.

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