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Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Interesting
Escapist Fun

This was a nice escapist piece of chick lit that has made me a fan of the author.

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Unique and Beautiful

An amazing and original tale of how we all may be different, but we are all the same on some level.

 
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Insightful, Inspiring
Christian Suspense with a Mysterious Twist

Very engaging story with some thrilling scenes and a good mystery.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Scary, Fantastic
Wonderful YA Gothic Fantasy

This is a dark and haunting fantasy about a girl sent to boarding school where she discovers a dark family secret. Beautifully written, chilling, and simply amazing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic
A Must for Sewers

A fun chick lit about sewing and finding yourself while doing it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Adventurous, Interesting
Very Deep for a Sci-Fi

Wow. I can see why this is a classic sci-fi and it is so much better than the movie. The depth is just amazing and some concepts really mess with your mind.

 
Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Difficult, Dark
A Head-Trip Across Small Town America

The story Gaiman has created is both fantastical and mundane at the same time. The side stories about various gods are highly interesting - and sometimes graphic, so not for the squeamish. His ideas about old gods and new gods lends itself to wonderful discussions.

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Epic, Gloomy
Dystopian Space Opera with Zombies

That pretty much sums it up.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Addictive
For Gamers and 80s Fans

This did start a little slow, but once Wade, aka Parzival, finds the first key, the action never stops. The cover reviews make a lot of comparisons to other works, but really, Cline has come up with a completely novel...novel. Gamers and 80s fans alike will find tons to love about Ready Player One.

I, Nemo by J. Dharma Windham, Deanna Windham
 
Unconvincing, Confusing, Adventurous
Not Researched Enough

Interesting concept, but just didn't seem realistic as events were not fleshed out enough.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic, Interesting
Not Sure About Codas

I am not a Star Trek fan, but I loved this! It is funny and fast-paced - definitely a light read - but it really makes you think, too. I am not sure what I thought of the three Codas, but the main story without them is 5 stars.

Ender's Game (The Ender Saga) by Orson Scott Card
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Graphic
Just Didn't Buy It

Everyone has told me how awesome this book is, but for me, it was just meh. I wanted it to be more of a mindf*ck than it was. It did have a slight twist, but it really only related to the second to last chapter. Also, never once did I believe Ender was really six.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
 
Book Club Recommended
Very 60s

First off, the only thing I really knew about this book was that it was mentioned in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", so that is to say, I didn't really know anything. I was even surprised to discover that it was sci-fi when my sci-fi/fantasy book club was discussing possible selections. It is indeed sci-fi, but more than that, it is 60s, but I was only able to really get that after I switched from the paperback to the audio book. I liked it better as audio, but I still only liked the parts Jubal was in - didn't really care for any of the other characters.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun Fairytale Feel

I had read Jones's Dalemark Quartet and was not really impressed with it, but I absolutely loved Howl's Moving Castle. It is such a fun, whimsical read that feels like a fairytale retelling although the story is wholey original. A definite must for fans of older children's fantasies.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Fun
Way Better Than the Movie!

The writing style - going back and forth between Lincoln's first person journal entries and the author's narration - takes a little getting used to, but once you do, this is a very entertaining read. I especially liked the historical aspect and how it seemed to match up with what I know of Lincoln. Also, the ending was so better than the movie.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Fun, Adventurous
Fun and Funny Read

I can see why everyone in my book club is a fan of Discworld. This book was very funny and entertaining with very imaginative world-building. I am definitely going to read more.

 
Book Club Recommended
Steampunk meets Dracula meets Indiana Jones

This is just a fun read with an Indiana Jones type adventures...oh, and vampires.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
 
Book Club Recommended
Important but Boring Book

OK, so I seem to have really known nothing about the original Frankenstein story. Turns out, there is no Igor and the monster ends up with a wonderful command of language. There is also a tremendous lack of action, so I am very glad I listened to this instead of reading it or I never would have finished. I will say, though, I now understand the beginning of the movie I, Frankenstein much better.

Get Jiro! by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose
 
Book Club Recommended
Foodie Distopia

Imagine a world where food is the only business left. This is the premise for this highly imaginative dystopian. Foss's artwork is not exactly my thing - one of the main characters just does not look right to me - but Bourdain (yes, that Anthony Bourdain) and Rose's storyline is exciting and not too unrealistic.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Slow, Fun
Reads Like Non-Fiction

I am not a fan of zombies so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, probably because the zombies actually never make a real appearance. Brooks does an excellent job making fiction feel like non-fiction.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fantastic, Brilliant
Perfect Fantasy Novella

This is a perfect novella. The characters are all complete, the story is well-paced, and the end is satisfying but really makes you think.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Dramatic
One of Gaiman\\\'s Best

Gaiman has totally outdone himself. This shorter work creates a whole new mythology and plenty of mind-blowing thoughts. Definitely one of his best works.

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

With the movie coming out, I figured it was type to finally read The Hunger Games, which people have been suggesting to me for years. I am glad I finally did. This is a wonderful dystopian with plenty of twists in a world I want to learn more about. I didn't think it would be my type of book, but I was more than pleasantly surprised.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Fun, Insightful
Fun Start to a Series

Very fun premise, and manages to tackle some tough subjects without becoming preachy. A little dated in parts, but that just adds to the fun.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Epic, Adventurous
More Short Stories

This is more a series of chronological, connect short stories than a full narrative, but still a classic.

Shades of Grey: A Novel by Jasper Fforde
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Epic, Brilliant
So Unique

This is the most unique world I have ever encountered, and I cannot wait for the trilogy to be fully released.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Epic, Adventurous
Mixed Feeling

Some of this seems disjointed, but some was brilliant. Definitely left me with mixed feelings.

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Disappointing Ending

So very 50s. Some really good parts that could have led to a great ending, rather than one that left me scratching my head.

Blood Music by Greg Bear
 
Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Confusing, Brilliant
Confusing

Interesting concept with some interesting twists, but just did not keep my attention and some parts just did not make sense.

Skeletons by Al Sarrantonio
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Brilliant, Epic
Totally Unique

Very cool premise and very interesting story. Pacing, though, was not the fastest, and I found it slowed my reading down.

The Barter: A Novel by Siobhan Adcock
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Pointless, Confusing
Not Enough Ghosts

Very, very character driven, so it would make a great book club read. Really did need more ghost story, though.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Epic, Fantastic
Favorite Fantasy

This is the start of my all-time favorite fantasy series. Truly a must read.

The Maze Runner (Book 1) by James Dashner
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Epic
Excellent YA Dystopian

Very unique premise with fast-paced action and one twisted ending.

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting
A Classic for a Reason

Shades of steampunk a century before it existed.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Slow
Genre-Bending

Totally unlike anything I have ever read, fantasy or post-apocalyptic. Very interesting and philosophical, but some parts are rather slow.

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing
Classic Sci-Fi

Very interesting story, and good example of classic sci-fi, but the dialect at the beginning killed it for me. Also, while I understand the title, it could have had a much more apt one.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Epic, Fantastic
Science Meets Fantasy

A little more science-y than On a Pale Horse, but still a very fun read. It does take a while to fully figure out what is really happening, but that is part of the fun.

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Slow
Boring

I know Clarke is one of the best sci-fi writers and this book has won many awards, but it was just so boring. The whole book was exploring Rama and theorizing about what it was with very little action.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Dark
NA That Is More Than Romance

There were times that I was taken completely by surprised with this story. Parts were much darker than I thought they would be for an NA superhero tale. These, though, added the depth that would have otherwise been missing.

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fantastic, Interesting
One of Heinlein's Best

I read Stranger in a Strange Land and could barely get through it, so I was not looking forward to reading Double Star. Luckily, they almost seem like they were written by totally different people. Double Star has an engaging plot that is easy to follow and moves at a great clip - everything that Stranger in a Strange Land lacks.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Confusing, Interesting
Great World-Building

A very interesting and deep world, but a little slow moving and confusing in parts.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting
Classic

I expected more from such a famous children's classic.

Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Brilliant
A New Favorite

This is the best futuristic time travel novel I have ever read. The world Sullivan imagines is completely believable yet fantastic at the same time. I really appreciate how he incorporates so many weighty themes while keeping the story entertaining and fast-paced. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dark, Dramatic
Southern Gothic

A perfect blend of paranormal and Southern gothic. Possibly my new favorite YA paranormal.

Everfair: A Novel by Nisi Shawl
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Confusing, Boring
Interesting but Disappointing

An interesting idea for a steampunk, but way too disjointed.

The Complete Dracula by Leah Moore, John Reppion
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Gloomy
Faithful Adaptation

Very approachable graphic adaptation of Stoker's classic novel.

After Dachau by Daniel Quinn
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant
Just Wow

I really had no clue what to expect when I picked this up, but wow, mind blown. This is a book that keeps you on the edge the whole way through.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Gloomy, Insightful
Sad but Lovely

A very interesting and heart-breaking tale about an island the affect of selkies (although, they are never referred to as selkies but rather mermaids).

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Interesting, Dark
Hard to Get in to

Butler's style is rather depressing, which made it very hard to get into the story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Fantastic
Backstories

Although this was basically two characters' backstories, I enjoyed it more than Son of a Witch.

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Brilliant, Insightful
Very Deep

I was not sure about this at first as it started off as a space opera, but it turned out to be a very engaging story with some pretty deep themes.

Spoonbenders: A novel by Daryl Gregory
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun
Cool Concept, but Wanted More

I really like the idea behind Spoonbenders, but it just needed a little extra something.

Yesterday by Felicia Yap
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Interesting
Unique Alternate Reality

Very inventive alternate universe with a good mystery. However, the twist was lacking basis.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Interesting, Brilliant
Hard to Describe

A wonderful, rare work of YA magical realism.

Final Girls: A Novel by Riley Sager
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Dark
Stick with It

Started off slow, but really picked up halfway through. I figured there was a twist, but it caught me off guard, and ended up being more satisfying that the one I imagined.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Fun
A Little Disjointed

Almost seemed liked two books - one about a demon witch who wants nothing to do with her family; and one about a new witch at school trying to be normal and fit in. The first storyline is definitely the better.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Confusing, Epic
New Myths

This story follows a typical children's fantasy journey format, but the interconnecting stories learned along the way add a new depth.

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