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

I really enjoyed this book written in letters. I learned a lot about an island I didn't know existed let alone it's place in history!

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
Fun

This book, written in letters, emails, and documents was a fun read. I would recommend it if you are looking for something totally different.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Interesting

This book told a story of the Japanese Internment, which I was unaware of. That made it interesting. It is also a love story and I am a sucker for a nice read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Who knew this about the war!

The data presented in this book is amazing! It is amazing that up to 82,000 people shared a single community and worked in secret and the story never leaked out! I would have liked to heard more about how life was after the years working in a community playing with uranium! The book was interesting, although the actual writing was not flawless. Worth reading just for the information!

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
A challenging but worthy read!

As a book club we had mixed reviews on this book as far as whether the reader really liked the book. Most of the people who were not crazy about it thought it was too challenging of a read. We all agreed, however, that the author is brilliant and the book well written. The quotes throughout the book are Epic!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing

The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Fun, Romantic, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful
A stroll thru the plusses and minuses of relationships

This book takes the reader into 4 very different but realistic fictional relationships and mixes it with the factual story of the deBeers ad campaign for the diamond. I found it informative and pretty amazing how advertising can change our opinion to that extent! If that wasn't enough, the author also eventually intertwines all of the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell
 

The Perfume Collector: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
A Mystery and a new world to explore

This author writes well and she weaves a great story. You really feel like you are right alongside the characters in the 1920's and the 1950's! An enjoyable story and learning about the Perfume business makes this a great read!

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Gloomy, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Slow

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
Wasted on Ninth Graders!

This book is so awesome that it is a shame that since it is assigned as a high school book, many adults do not read it. This opportunity given by the announcement and release of the prequel is a gift given to the American Reader! Harper Lee is a gifted writer who was way ahead of her time. Do yourself a favor and read this at your first opportunity.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dark

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Slow

One Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Romantic
Fun but Captivating

I really enjoyed this book. It had the feel of a quick fun read but packed a lot of interesting relationship dynamic and twists and turns. The audio was fantastically done!

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Although I learned something and enjoyed reading this book it took a very long time to get to the point. A good editor could probably get rid of 1/4 of the book bringing it down to a more reasonable number of pages.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
Captivated on every page

This book was fabulous. Each page was an adventure and I didn't get bored once. That is great for me. I learned a lot and have great respect for people who lived thru this time in France. Great, great job Kristin Hannah. Read this book. Today!

A Dog's Journey: A Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Romantic, Fun

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Insightful, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Unconvincing, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
Reads like a novel

I am not one to choose nonfiction but this book was like reading a historical novel. I felt like I was being introduced personally to so many of history's most famous first ladies with a glimpse of the presidents and their marriages. Starting with the Roosevelt's and continuing thru the Truman's, the Johnson's, the Kennedy's and the Nixon's, this book gave me a great appreciation for the complexity of running the White House and a great appreciation for the job of the first lady. J.B. west was quite a person!

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful
Appreciate my life

I enjoy reading stories about family. The personalities, relationships, and behaviors intrigue me. This book was about families. Not all was good and everyone didn't make the best choices but it was interesting to see how differently the various characters survived the same basic life structure. I truly enjoyed the story!

Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Scary
To Kill A Mockingbird Northern 1970s style

The book is a great book club book as there are quite a few personalities to unravel and issues to discuss. At one point in reading, I was "Oh My!"

Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
 
Gloomy, Dark, Unconvincing
Not real book club material

I can't say I didn't enjoy this book. It kept me reading and got better as it went on. I was surprised with the "whodunit" but this book is more of a good easy read if you like a love story/mystery. I didn't feel the book had enough weight or discussion-ability to be considered a book club book.

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Brilliant

I Shall Be Near to You: A Novel by Erin Lindsay McCabe
 
Romantic
I Shall Be Near to You

This is a quick read basically about a woman (representing the many women) who sneaked in to fight in the civil war. Fascinating that this happened but the book wasn't overly compelling.

A Place at the Table: A Novel by Susan Rebecca White
 
Insightful, Optimistic, Interesting
Not much discussion

This story was interesting about several people and how their lives intersect as years go by. Although I enjoyed the story I didn't find much to discuss here.

Ink by Alice Broadway
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic
Young Adult

If you like a Young Adult book, this book about the tatooing of your life story on your skin for all to see is intersting, although it is a bit gross. What if our skin was harvested after death and put into a book for all ancestors to save our legacy. This book offers much chance for discussion. What do you want to leave as your legacy? What if people could tell everything about you just by looking at your skin? Personal privacy.

 
Fun, Optimistic, Romantic
A bit too fluffy

I found this book a fun and cute read but not really a book club book.

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