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Name : Karen W.

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The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
A Paris Housewife

Makes me want to re-read Hemingways works but that's all. Historical fiction.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Addictive
Deep Down Dark

You know the ending. It was broadcast worldwide but you still want to keep reading to understand the complexity of how they actually survived and lived in that mine for 69 days.

Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Difficult, Interesting
Read to the End

This one feels plodding at times but you do have to read and/or listen to the end to appreciate the full impact. You will not like the characters. It is not touchy feely. However it goes to the hidden side of life that we often do not like to admit is real.

The Secret Chord: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful

Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Addictive
This Could Be Your Town

You will read this thinking not in my town, not in my neck of the woods, not in my backyard, but oh yes.

Unconvincing, Poorly Written, Interesting
It Was A Miss

This book ultimately
annoyed me on so many levels. I found the main characters implausible, and irritating. I selected the audiobook. I often find audiobooks disappointing if the narrator(s) portraying the roles come across forced and unbelievable. The book was recommended to me based on a survey of favorites. It was a miss.

Shuggie Bain: A Novel by Stuart Douglas
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Insightful, Dramatic

Great Circle: A novel by Maggie Shipstead
Adventurous, Informative, Slow
Pulls Up Short

This book is 600 pages in print and 25 hours on audiobook. I would not recommend for book clubs based on length alone. The story of Marian Graves would have been sufficient and was very well written even poignant. The war years in particular. The story of Hadley Baxter did not add anything to Marian's story but was needed to "end" the story. If this was Marian's story alone I would have rated it a solid "4" maybe even "4.5"

The Magician: A Novel by Colm Toibin

Slow, Confusing, Boring
Misplaced Sisterhood

This came as a recommendation from find your next read type of book service. It did not resonate. If the author, Sarah Domet, intended to create empathy for the girls, the "Guineveres", it was lost on me. Less time on the saints and more time on the family circumstances that brought the girls to the Sisters of Supreme Adoration convent might have helped move the story along and help me to connect with Vere, Gwen, Win, and Ginny. I attended a girls only Catholic school so have some appreciation for the religious schooling the girls received, the role of the sisters, Sister Fran and even Father James. That felt all too familiar. The pain the pain of abandonment transferred to soldiers who could not reject their love felt possible but contrived. Heartache but not for the reader.

Chilean Poet: A Novel by Alejandro Zambra
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Optimistic, Insightful

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