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Name : Julie R.

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Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Slow
Standing in the Rainbow

Started in the 1940s and went through to the 1990s in a small town in Missouri; fairly realistic life for an upper middle class family that somehow (the radio show) ended up connected with all sorts of people. I enjoyed Neighbor Dorothy and Mother Smith; and ALL the people in the book. Funny and quirky people, expecially 'Poor Tot'. I could relate to lots of them.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; October 2009

Interesting writing style, all in correspondence. A little annoying at first until I got into the book further. I learned alot about the era. A good read.

Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
Fun, Optimistic, Interesting
Blue Christmas - not worth the time

It was a boring predicable read; didn't care for the charecters, location was't brought to life, story line was predicable.

Book Club Recommended
Slow, Insightful, Pointless
Breathing Lessons

A slow read that chronicalled one day in the lives of Maggie and Ira with lots of flash backs that explained how they got to where they are. Because it took me too long to read this book I occasionally forgot that I was reading a flashback and thought that I was reading the main storyline. I kept waiting for something to happen, what happened was I took on Maggie's personality for a day and turned myself into a hopeful but clumsy middle aged woman that really never accomplished anything. One line in the book struck me, when her daughter Daisy (in a flash back) asked when she decided to be ordinary. It's not something any of us decide but many are. Is that bad, no, but it's not something we strive for. I struggled with finding three workds to describe the book and settled on two (slow and insightful). Slow because the book while very well written never 'grabbed me' and I didn't care about any of the characters; and insightful because I better understand the evolution of ordinary. I enjoyed several other books by Anne Taylor much more - The Accidental Tourist and Digging to America.

Slow, Difficult, Romantic
Love in the Time of Cholera; had to force myself to finish the book

The book started off interesting and expected to be sucked in. But instead had to force myself to finish it. I kept waiting for the story of the man that committed suicide at the start of the book to become woven into the later parts of the book - didn't happen. Maybe the translation effected the ease of the read, but I had to re-read paragraphs to understand what just happened. Is this an accurate reflection of the values of the un-named sea port? Despite these reflections on the book, I still learned something about human nature (not necessarily the good parts) and about life in the Carribean during the later 1800 / early 1900 time period - therefore gave it two stars instead of one.

The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
Poor Bertie

A good and fun read, now I want to go back to the earlier books in the series and read them.

March: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
March - read in March

It took me a little while to get into the book (started it on a trip - maybe I was distracted). I learned a lot about the Civil War and slavery. Thought the notes at the end of the book were as interesting as the story. I ended up ordering another book by Ms. Brooks.

Lost and Found: A Memoir of Mothers by Kate St. Vincent Vogl
Insightful, Boring, Interesting
A little self indulgent and boring

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Suspend your sense of reality (a 12 year old?) and enjoy the ride. I really enjoyed this book after reading several that were pretty serious. The writing got a little wordy at times but that's not really a problem.

Beginner's Greek: A Novel by James Collins
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Unconvincing, Optimistic
Beginner's Greek

Fun read with a few turns to the plot I didn't see coming that kept it interesting. A few unrealistic events, but this is a novel afterall! Not as fast of a read as I had first expected but worth the time.

Dead Run by P.J. Tracy
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Fun
Dead Run

Good story but sometimes the writing got a little confusing with the use of pronouns (e.g. which he or she is the subject of the reference). Not having read the original book in the series I was left a little uncertain of some of the references to previous events.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Saving of Cee Cee Honeycutt

A little predicable, but a fun read. Lots of interesting parallels about friendships between women and accepting each other as they are.

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Pointless, Unconvincing, Boring
Keeping Faith - not her best effort

I kept reading the book hoping it would get better, ended up disappointed. The character development was lacking, never really got into any of the characters which I normally do... Didn't try to visualize this book as a movie, which I normally do... At the end of the book I just felt blah.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help

Really enjoyed reading this book - felt it was probably a very realistic description of life in the south on the cusp of the civil rights movement. The maids had so much understanding of human nature and often demonstrated wisdom that their employers never had a clue. Great character development. I would like to read more by this author; wouldn't a sequel from Mae Mobleys prespective be interesting!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Forgotten Garden

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
Major Pettigrew

Addressed some interesting cultural issues while being a fairly light and easy read. Love and racial bias are not issues only the young have to deal with.

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

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Faithful Place

Felt very authentic; just when I thought I had it figured out, a new twist was introduced.

Fun, Unconvincing, Romantic

Not true to original character development,

Confusing, Slow, Interesting
Tigers wife

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

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Informative
Lucia, Lucia

A fun, light summer time read.

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

Very predictable.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Dark
Before I Go To Sleep

I couldn't put this book down, got hooked on the first page and stayed hooked.

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

Words I would use to describe this book are thought provoking, predictable, and quick. I couldn't find any questions to start discussion but it was easy to come up with my own. We ended up with some really good discussion with the 9 people that met.

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

Kept me interested throughout the read, with enough twists and turns as well as subplots to keep it interesting. Loved the ending, really didn't know how it would turn out until almost the last page.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Secret Keeper

Really enjoyed this book. Full of twists and turns.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

A good read, sometimes you don't know that you have started on a journey until you are partway there.

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

Generally good with lots of information but disappointed in the ending. The book made a BIG jump that was inconsistent with the prior writing. Good premise that got a lot of discussion at our book club - that alone made it worth while.

Dramatic, Dark, Insightful
Just didn't like it

While the book was very well written, I didn't like it. The book covered very real and very raw life situations, but I had some difficulty in putting together why some of the incidents were included, they didn't seem to add to the story but just to the gloom, ex. accident the kids came across while driving home from the store.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Me Before You

LOVED this book! I found it persuasive, informative, romantic, vey well written. So glad we read this one.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
Night Circus

Started out a little confusing but then you get into the rhythm of the writing and well worth reading. Amazed at the story line and character interaction. Loved it!

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting

Lots of unexpected turns that kept the book interesting but too much emphasis and details on drug usage. Well written but too long, sometimes less is more... We had really good discussion at our book club, but several were unable to finish the book. Would have given it 2.5 stars if that was an option.

City of the Sun by Juliana Maio
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
What happened?

In one word: inconsistent. Started off great, informative and well written, then turned way too graphic in the sex scenes and the end seemed to be written by a different author.

False Mermaid by Erin Hart
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
False Mermaid

Enjoyed the book, good descriptions and fairly easy to follow yet plenty of twists that kept it interesting.

Dietland by Sarai Walker
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dark, Addictive

Very thought provoking book about an individual (Plum) who is described as morbidly obese and how this fact ruled her life until she met someone that opened her eyes. I was confused by a sudden plot twist that seemed out of place at first but my confusion was quickly resolved. Fast passed and wanted more. I didn't give it 5 stars as it was very one sided regarding women's reproductive rights, without considering the alternative position.

Dark, Informative, Interesting

A challenging story that is dark; how a man can be born without any scent and has such a profound sense of smell that he can identify people by their odor from a very long distance is hard to believe. He has such a detached personality he does not see anything wrong will killing to obtain someone's scent. His manipulation of people at the end is also very hard to believe.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Beautiful, Epic

Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this book! Downloaded it before heading out on vacation and soon got hooked in learning so much about the history of the US and Arizona Territory before, during, and after the 'shoot out at the O.K. Corral'. Very informative and gets you to care about the characters.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Slow
Bel Canto

A very interesting premise based on historical events but altered to make for an addictive story of how relationships develop between unlikely associates when thrown in a very unique situation. Really recommend this book, will lead to some good discussion.

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