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Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Interesting, Poorly Written
Heart and Soul

usual Binchy format
light reading

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Faith Club

The concept for forming the club was interesting, but I just didn't care for it much.It did generate a lively discussion at my book club. Several of the members just really loved it. I don't care for group religious discussions.

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

Excellent info on a part of WWII I was completely unaware of. Interesting characters. Format different and fun.

13 1/2 by Nevada Barr
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Confusing, Insightful
13 1/2

I found this much darker than her previous novels--almost "Stephen King" dark and graphic. However, it was an interesting read and a psychological thriller. I do prefer her previous works better.

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

Very sad but most informative about a part of history I was unaware of.

Corsair (Oregon Files) by Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
Adventurous, Unconvincing, Boring

The info on history of Barbery pirates was interesting but I found the plot not credible and repetitious---reminded me of some of the later Tom Clancey books. Men would probably enjoy it more than I did.

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

Good characters and good grasp of history portrayed.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Saving CeeCee Hunnicutt

Quick summer read. Funny in parts. Not a new plot.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
The Brass Verdict

I always enjoy books of legal info and courtroom drama.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dark, Interesting
The Fountainhead

Interesting picture of self absorbed people. I disagree with the author's philosophy, but it was an interesting, though slow read.

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fantastic, Dramatic

Anthill: A Novel by Edward O. Wilson
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative

Interesting, especially about the ants and their life cycle. It brought conservation and responsible use of resources to the forefront.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
My Name is Mary Sutter

Very interesting story of the medical profession and how far it has come. The love story was touching too.

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

Touching story and very interesting to have the dog's view of events.

Fly Away Home: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
Slow, Interesting, Graphic
Fly Away Home

Night Road: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Night Road

It seemed a bit "youngish" for my tastes. But it did show choices people make that prove to be disastrous. It was a;n okay read but certainly not among my favorites.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Insightful
Salvage the Bones

I was impressed by the young author. It was interesting to get a true black perspective on the hurricane struggles and also an insight in to the struggles of areas outlying New Orleans.
The lifestyle with dog fighting was dark and unfamiliar. But overall I think it was a believeable scenario.

The Sisters: A Novel by Nancy Jensen
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
The Sisters

Interesting and thought provoking study on how one choice can influence many lives.

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Confusing, Slow, Interesting
The Tigers Wife

I didn't care for this at all---in fact I didn't finish it.

Niceville by Carsten Stroud
Poorly Written, Dark, Confusing

I don't care for the paranormal genre. This was dark and gloomy and foul. I read it all and am sorry I wasted my time.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Light Between Oceans

Touching and sad, but also romantic.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Steve Jobs

It was written in a very easy to read style and although I found Jobs a rather nasty person, it showed his brilliance. I also enjoyed reading the history of the iMac since that is my family's favorite computer.

Home Front: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Inspiring
Home Front

An interesting look at the problem for deployed service members and their families. I imagine it is more difficult than pictured in this book but it was informative nevertheless.

Bristol House: A Novel by Beverly Swerling
Unconvincing, Insightful, Informative
Bristol house

I don't enjoy reading books about ghosts or "Parallel universes"---- just not my thing.

San Miguel: A Novel by T.C. Boyle
Book Club Recommended
San Miguel

Shows the difficult challenging life chosen on this island.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Aviator's Wife

Interesting with many details I was not aware of. She seemed to be a rather conflicted woman---sometimes dependent and needy, other times brave and adventurous. Overall I thought it must have been a very difficult marriage, even without the tragedy of their son.

Sweet Salt Air: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Slow, Interesting
Sweet Salt Air

Predictable beach summer read. Pleasant enough.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Sycamore Row

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