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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

A warm insightful story.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Beautiful
Friendship

Firefly Lane was a fabulous story about loyalty and friendship. Easy to read, kept my attention and heartwarming.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Hard to get into but a page turner.

This was a good love story. Very difficult to follow in the beginning, but then I couldn't put it down.

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

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Couldn't put it down.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Slow, Unconvincing
Good Reading for a Rainy Day

Best Friends forever is a fast read and humorous despite serious content. Kept my attention. It's a good story about two old friends who went their separate ways after a high school incident and how when finally reunited, they realize the bond of friendship was not broken after all.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Great Book

A gripping page turner. I couldn't put this book down. I never saw the ending coming!

 
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
Couldn't even finish it.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Amazing Story of Survival

This story of a young German woman's survival in during WWII was gripping. The effect of her actions on both her future and her daughter's future is insightful. What would we sacrifice to save those we love? Food for thought.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Epic, Brilliant
A love story

I enjoyed the historical facts and picture of Jewish life in France in the 11th century. This story of Rashi's family was a bit slow at first but then I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read Books II and III!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Insightful
Friendship

An easy read about friendship and female relationships.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Olive Kitteridge

A book of short stories offering insight into relationships, growing older and coping. Once I got through the first 3-4 chapters, it was easier to read and understand the concept.

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

A spellbinding read! I couldn't put this book down. Graphic details regarding the round up of Jewish families in Paris in 1942 tugged at my heart. We must never forget!

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
The Lovely Bones

Had to force myself to finish this book. It may fair better as a movie.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help is a must read!

An insightful story into racial differences in Mississippi. I laughed, I gasped, and at times I was embarrassed about our country's history. I'm glad I grew up in the North East during the 60's. I loved the characters. A well written book!

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Interesting, Insightful
Miriam

It was good to read the second in a sequel of Rashi's Daughter's. I did not enjoy this book as much as I liked Rashi's Daughters 1 - Joheved.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
A Special Man!

When confronted with his own impending death, Randy Rausch did not curl up into a ball and hide....instead he lived his final days to the fullest. An inspiring story and heartfelt guide for his three children who will grow up without their dad.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
A Different Perspective of the Holocaust

Irene was a teenager studying Nursing in Poland when the Nazi's and the Russian's both invaded poland during WW II. Separated from her family, this is her story of survival. It is a true story and Irene's testimonial of the horror's of that war.

Something Blue by Emily Giffin
 
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Something Blue

A fun sequal to Something Borrowed. Now we get to hear the story from Darcy's point of view. She was the one who lost her fiance to her best friend in Something Borrowed. Not great literature but a fun, quick read, entertaining book.

 
Romantic, Fun, Interesting
Easy Reading

An entertaining book. Chick Lit and light and nice for a change of pace.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
Do You Have a To-Do List?

A fun story about a serious subject. We had great discussions about what we would like to accomplish before we leave this earth. An easy read.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

A compelling page turner!

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

A different perspective of Germany during WWII. Makes one think about the innocent German lives affected by Hitler's regime. A beautifully written book, which tugged at my emotions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Inspiring
Queen of the Road

A fun true story of a psychiatrist who took a year long road trip with her husband in a bus. Humorous and well written.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Look Again

Interesting story about an adoptive mother who thinks her son resembles a missing child's picture and what happens when she can't ignore her curiosity. A quick read and page turner.

The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
 
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun
Boring

Our book club could not get into this book at all. When we got in touch which each other to plan our meet, it turned out no one had finished the book. The character's were hard to relate to and unconvincing.

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

Easy to read inspiring novel about the difficult life of a Washington housewife who is unable to bond with her two daughters. What the sisters learn about their mother's past, helps to heal old wounds.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Boring, Dramatic
Heart of the Matter

A well told story from two points of view. An easy read which will lead to much discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It took me some time to get into this book. The beginning was a bit difficult with so many different characters and not much action....but then, Wow! Once the story started coming together, I couldn't put the book down. I am glad I stayed with it. It's amazing that this is a translation. Lots of intrigue and suspense. I've already started reading part 2, The Girl who Played with Fire.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Room

Wow! What a story. This is a page turner. Although the subject matter is disturbing, this story, told from the view point of a five year old is a heart tugging tale of motherly love. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Cutting for Stone

I am probably amongst the few who could not even finish this book. It took over 100 pages to get through the birth of the twins. The story was not bad. However it is way too long.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
Really Enjoyed What Alice Forgot

I read this book in just a few days. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the story line, the writing style and the characters. It definitely is a good book for discussion groups.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A beautifully written story of love and loss.

Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
What is all the hype about

I couldn't finish this book. I tried to force myself to continue because of all the fantastic reviews I read. It was long, drawn out and at least 260 pages in, I still could not see the point of the story.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Thumbs down

I read What Alice Forgot and really enjoyed it. So, I was excited to start this book. Sorry to say I found it boring. The characters were not great and it took me 4 months to finish, because I kept putting it down. The best part of the book was the Epilogue.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic
Thought Provoking

A quick read that tore at the heart strings.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
Historical Fiction at its Best

I finished this book a week ago and I still keep thinking about it. This is an epic novel filled with love, loss, survival. It will leave you thinking. I loved The Winter Garden, another historical fiction written by Kristin Hannah.. This one is even better. The characters and their struggles are heart tugging.

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