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

Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch
 
Fun, Poorly Written, Interesting
Girls In Trucks

I kept reading just to see if there was any redeeming value in this book. If there was, I missed it. The main character, Sarah Walters didn't have any real personal goals other than to "find love" and the reader just follows her mindless wandering from junior high through her early thirties.

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 
Dark, Confusing, Adventurous
The Angel's Game

The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee
 
Informative, Pointless, Confusing
"The Piano Teacher" I just wanted it to end!

I wanted to like this book, but it never captivated me. I just wanted it to end!
The piano teacher, Claire, did not add significantly to the story for me. She was simply a means to guide the reader through Will and Trudy's story. I didn't like Claire or find her to be interesting in any way.
Trudy was overall annoying. In most of the conversations she flitted from one topic to another, one emotion to another, none of it seemed very meaningful. To me she is the epitome of the person you avoid at social gatherings if you can.
Will Truesdale was drawn to these two self-centered, self-serving women and was romantically involved with both during different time periods in Hong Kong's history. He regrets what he withheld from Trudy and cannot give Claire anything meaningful of himself either.

June Bug by Chris Fabry
 
Adventurous, Fun, Optimistic
June Bug

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Look Again

 
Romantic, Interesting, Insightful
One Day, David Nicholls

I liked the format, one entry each July 15th for 20 years, this kept me interested and then it just became dull. This formats continues to work to some degree until the last 50 pages then the authors jumps around from the early years to the last years - It looks like he is tying up the loose ends of the story and trying to complete the abrupt end to Emma's story. Was he trying to meet a deadline?
The characters were believable. We have all known at least one Dexter and an Emma that just can't get enough of a guy that doesn't deserve her. The story is realistic in the year to year maturing of the characters and their career progression.
The Mexican restaurant, Loco Caliente, tour given by Emma was amusing and fairly accurate - forty-eight permutations of five key Tex-Mex food groups.
And yes I am a romantic, but not necessarily gullible - I loved Dexter's letter to Emma that just never got there, Taj Mahal at noon. It truly sounded like one of Dexter's best plans.

 
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
The Buddha in the Attic

I didn't care for the author's style of writing. I was expecting something different in story line and writing style. I found the lengthy listings of all the different expectations a group of people may have had for coming to America, the lengthy paragraphs of how they left their homes, happy, sad, proud, not looking back, etc. becoming monotonous. I couldn't wait to move forward.

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
 
Romantic, Dramatic, Interesting
The Best of Me

Nice romantic story of looking back, but overall it was unrealistic.

The Litigators by John Grisham
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
The Litigators

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

Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton
 
Dramatic, Slow, Interesting
Sister

The author took way too much time to tell a simple story. The main character was repetitive and unbelievable.

 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
My Name is Mary Sutter

 
Inspiring, Optimistic
Praying for Strangers

 
Fun, Adventurous, Informative
The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
 
Beautiful, Insightful, Slow
Brooklyn, A Novel

 
Informative
Investing DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition

This book provides a great introduction into basic investing. I was looking for a way to explain investing to my teenagers and this will be perfect!

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
The Hunger Games

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Inspiring
The Shoemaker's Wife

Vaclav & Lena: A Novel by Haley Tanner
 
Interesting, Persuasive, Beautiful
Vaclav & Lena

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Defending Jacob

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
 
Fun, Graphic, Interesting
This is Where I Leave You

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Fun
Catching Fire

Quick read. Hopefully this is a "linking" book in the series, otherwise, why bother?

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Nineteen Minutes

 
Luddite

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman
 
Poorly Written, Slow, Confusing
the most dangerous thing

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
 
15 Seconds

The Racketeer by John Grisham
 
Dramatic, Dark, Gloomy
The Racketeer

Correction to the Bookmovement's introduction: the judge's name is Raymond Fawcett.
Weak ending.

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dark, Dramatic
every last one

The Comfort of Lies: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
the Comfort of Lies

Sea Glass: A Novel by Anita Shreve
 
Dramatic, Interesting
Sea Glass

Secret Daughter: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
 
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Secret Daughter

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

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