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Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
Great Discussion

This book inspired terrific discussion amongst the ladies in our group and our host created a beautiful Iranian meal to get us into the mood.

Anne created believable characters and when the traditional "who would you have play so and so" question came up...most of us could immediately say an actor/actress.

The struggles the characters faced, the cultures, the different perspectives were true to life (at least as much as a group of middle class, caucasian, women could see).

The only negative for our group came in chapter 9 when Anne took a different perspective and started referring to Bitsy and Brad as Jin Ho's mother and Jin Ho's father. It was difficult to read and difficult to understand who's perspective she was sharing. But other than that we loved the varieties of perspectives.

 
Interesting, Inspiring, Insightful
sweet but not great

Our club found this book to be sweet but pretty stereotypical of a "ladies' group" kind of book. We didn't feel the characters were very believable or well developed and we found the story line to be predictable in a lot of places. Anita was our favorite character. The theme of community and our need for kindred spirits in the midst of life sparked some conversation...but we weren't wowed by the book...we found ourselves commenting on other books that we read that were like this one.

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

I enjoyed the book very much...i felt like i had gone on vacation and met some lovely new friends.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Pointless, Insightful
a delightful read

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fantastic
A build that is worth the wait!

I really enjoyed this book. The switching back and forth in the beginning between eras was difficult at first, but the stories began to make sense in light of each other. I was so eager to reach the end and sad at the same time. It is a great read!

Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Interesting
cute...but inconsequential

It was a cute book, with a few little twists here and there, but for the most part predictable. It was a light Christmas read for our club, one that we appreciated in this busy month of December!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Slow
Interesting

It was a bit slow, but i loved hearing about the radio show in the living room and the crazy gospel singers. I think it provokes lots of questions about religion, family jobs, and small town life.

Driftless by David Rhodes
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Deeply Beautiful

Rhodes has an incredible depth in his character creation, I am left wishing there were more pages to this already nearly 500 page book. The reality that relationships are anything but uniform, the thread of hope, the reminder of the freedom in forgiveness are only three of many topics that are tucked inside this text begging to be mined by book clubs everywhere.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Romantic
Unexpected premise...but entertaining

It's sci-fi/mystical nature of the premise nearly turned me off in the beginning but like most 5th graders reading "A wrinkle in Time", I was quickly pulled into the chaos and enchanted by the era, mannerisms, the dichotomy of Courtney/Jane's character and all the hints of Ms. Austen. I was pleasantly surprised by the themes that emerged: forgiveness, regret, the journey to define happiness and contentment, the challenges of seeing beyond what is visible, and like most Austen books-pride. I thought it was fun, engaging, and clever. And I can only imagine the discussions about everyone's Austen fantasies that would emerge at a group discussion around this book!

March: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
WIth new eyes

It was an interesting twist to think of Marmee as an activist...I enjoyed the read. It was quick, insightful, and well written.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Interesting
great book

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Cute!

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Cute!

Lost and Found: A Memoir of Mothers by Kate St. Vincent Vogl
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Boring, Interesting
Thoughtful and Interesting

I thought Kate did a great job of explaining and sharing the ups and downs of meeting a long missing family member...she welcomed readers into the journey and I found the book to be thought provoking and beautifully written.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Informative, Interesting
lovely

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Unconvincing, Interesting
sweet

it was a great way to welcome in the holidays...and a glimpse into what post war england may have been like.

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

I didn't want to put it down...i was sad when it was over.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
eye opening & interesting

I loved the twists, the history, the glimpse into what it may have felt like to live in a world where bombs went off daily and life was hard but full of glamorous dreams. A second chance...who doesn't like a book with a good second chance?

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
easy read

My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
great premise

 

 
Romantic, Fun, Insightful

The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
 
Interesting, Beautiful, Slow

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark

 
Fun, Unconvincing, Romantic

 
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
 
Fun, Optimistic, Informative

Savannah Breeze: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews
 
Romantic, Pointless, Boring

 
Interesting, Dramatic, Dark

The Christmas List: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
 
Slow, Dark, Insightful

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting

Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Insightful, Interesting

Night Birds by Thomas Maltman
 

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

A Secret Kept: A Novel by Tatiana de Rosnay
 
Gloomy, Boring, Unconvincing

On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts
 
Fun, Insightful, Inspiring

 
Scary, Interesting, Dramatic

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
 
Beautiful, Brilliant, Interesting

 
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring

 
Dark, Slow, Interesting

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