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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Adventurous
A Good Read but Not the Best

I found this book very easy to read, easy to imagine being in the main character's place; but, I have read better. While there are some insightful phrases, I found it somewhat choppy and after mid-book, quite predictable. Probably better for women over 40 than for younger women.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Should Have Been Titled "Sugar Twist"!

I didn't see it coming. I wasn't expecting THAT. A really fun read after all. I would love to see it in film! My book club has already created a cast! Fun!

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Highly Recommended!

This book is slow to start but if you can get past the first 100 pages, you will not be able to put it down. Dramatic, heartfelt, moving. A MUST read, especially if you didn't grow up learning much about the Civil War.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
I Can Relate - to a point

Growing up in the South, I enjoyed the way this book was written and had vivid memories of a time past(thankfully past!). I can definitively say, this is the way things really were - unfortunately for some (black women), fortunately for others (the children they raised). I realize the story could not have ended any differently, but I wish it had. I found the end sadly disappointing but a true reflection of the time. I think black women are the strongest of us all because of what they endure. A must read to understand their perspective from that time.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Romantic
Catching Fire - Even Better than The Hunger Games

While I thought The Hunger Games was pretty good, I found this book impossible to put down and read it in a single night! Powerful action and a large dangling carrot at the end of each chapter make this book unforgettable.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Beautiful
BEST BOOK EVER

This book is by far my favorite book ever. I am not a fan of the Far East traditions or culture per se, but this book was incredible - especially as it was written by a man! No more talented author on the planet if you ask me. The movie follows the book exactly, I loved it as well - which surprised me.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Boring, Pointless
I laughed hysterically!

While the language can be somewhat raunchy in this title, I found myself laughing my head off to the point of crying at some passages. If you laughed at the translation of the spanish soccer spectator in "Eat, Pray, Love", you will laugh at the racquetball game description in this book. Days later I re-read this passage and still found myself laughing hard. NOTE: It's not often I find anything funny in the written word. Rhoda Janzen does have a few more serious and retro/introspective comments and her mother proves to be a colorful character - someone you wish you knew. However, I found the ending a surprise in that I didn't realize it was the end.... until the next page said "Appendix". While it's pretty funny and insightful, I am thinking the only reason it was a best seller is readers thought they were getting a real sneak peak into the life of the Mennonites - which this book does not truly supply. I am going to venture into trying the Borscht recipe in the back though!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Interesting Concept and Lots of Action

Typical Robert Ludlum - very thoroughly researched, intricate detail, scientifically possible -not sure but the idea makes you wonder how safe we really are or are not. Somewhat predictable if you've read Ludlum before, but as usual, he still delivers a book worth reading.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Difficult, Insightful
Every Young Woman MUST Read This - and all Mothers of Daughters

Having a daughter going off to college, when I heard what this book was about from a friend of the author, I had to read it. The author describes a personal and utterly disgusting incident involving alcohol and a date-rape mickey which happened in a frat house at the University of Virginia (UVA). She goes on to describe the life-long emotional trauma of being a victim and the ineptness of various agencies (over many years) in helping her bring the criminals to justice. Truly enlightening and a book every young woman should read - not just those going to college. Very quick read that will surprise you, perhaps make you sick to your stomach, and perhaps will make you angry as hell like it did me. Highly recommended.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous
Not Your Average Book Club Read

While this is not your typical book club type of book, I find it's written for those who like conspiracy, adventure, political intrigue, and action. This book provokes the reader to think about not only historical reasons for going to war, but contemporary reasons as well. It pushes one to consider what the real reasons are for our modern day wars and to consider whether people who are already ridiculously wealthy would commit heinous crimes to gain even more wealth for themselves.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
 
Dramatic, Inspiring, Interesting
Unbelievably Cruddy Ending

Don't waste your time. Not only does the author drone on and on about things that don't really matter to the story, there is never a real story or real point being made except pointless things...that don't really relate to one another. So SLOW. Could have been much better but the author apparently got tired and dropped the ball, virtually literally.

 
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Cut Cee-Cee Honeycutt from Your List

While this book had some finer points and was in some instances actually funny, the book it's self was not really very good. A quick read, but you are left wondering why parts of the book are even included in the story. Very Hallmark-ish but not as powerful. I'm glad I didn't buy this book and I recommend you skip it altogether.

 
Poorly Written, Graphic, Romantic
Are You Kidding Me?

I couldn't wait to be DONE with this tirade of porn. Totally unbelievable, ridiculously saturated with unnecessary sex scenes. No story, worthless, and most predictable. I canceled my reservation for the third book. Not going to bother - just another tired turn of the page.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
 
Pointless, Unconvincing, Insightful
So Bad

I have not been this disappointed in a book in a long time. Don't bother reading it. The rapture (which is almost an afterthought) is used to set the stage for all these relationship/life issues but there is absolutely no closure on anything whatsoever and the book leaves it's self so open ended... unbelievably bad. Must be a bad time for publishers when they feel their time and money is best invested in such a bad set of terrible sentences. Invest YOUR time and money ELSEWHERE.

The Book of 21 by Todd Ohl
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Fun, Interesting
Action Packed and Thought Provoking

Readers are grabbed in the first chapter for a wild ride in Philly as John, our detective, winds his way through a double murder investigation fraught with intrigue, cops gone bad, and an ancient document that no one wants discovered. Not just a murder mystery, but a question regarding what we would do to have some happiness in our lives and what we would do when the impasse presents itself. More than skin deep, a story worth reading from a first time novelist.

Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
 
Informative, Fun, Brilliant
Seriously, I\\\'m NOT Kidding.....

While I like Ellen Degeneres a lot and I think she can be really funny on her show, this book was a waste of my time and money. I might have chuckled in a couple spots but I never laughed. Each chapter seemed to be a stretch to fill empty pages (and some pages actually ARE empty) as she wrote innanely about whatever seemed to pop in her head while staring at her screen. I wonder if she wrote it just to see if she could make the best seller list... and if she did, it\\\'s only because of her name. I was seriously disappointed. Don\\\'t bother. I feel terrible writing such a poor review but if I wasnt\\\' truthful about it, I\\\'d feel even worse.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Epic
Hard to Tackle, But Glad I Did

This book is not historical fiction. It is NON-fiction which might make it hard for fiction lovers and historical fictions lovers alike to read through to the end. Very detailed, which in the end was required, the book is definitely a SHOULD read. In the end, I really liked it because it showed a very different view of WWII than your typical troops, artillery, and bombers and makes one wonder if Hitlers real aspiration in trying to take over Europe was to simply steal all valuable items of art for his own museum. His greed and arrogance (and that of his officers) are amplified beyond comprehension. I have never given any thought to the preservation of art and culture during war and how many pieces of our collective history are destroyed each time a country goes to war, be it global or civil. I anxiously await the movie coming out December 18, 2013 with George Clooney, Matt Damon, and more of an all star cast. While the book is difficult at times to read due to it\'s slow nature - which is what the Monuments Men experienced - it is worth reading and I\'m sure will result in some excellent book club discussion.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
So Creative!

If you liked the Hunger Games trilogy, you will like this one as well. I could not put this book down because I just wanted to know what happened next! I can\\\\\\\'t wait to read the second in the sequence, Insurgent, then Allegiant. AND, I can\\\\\\\'t wait for the movie in March 2014! Got this book for $2.99 from B&N.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
A Truly Great Read

If you liked Memoirs of a Geisha, you will love Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. A beautiful story of culture that compares the difficulties that class/caste/money can cause - but it\\\'s more about a wonderful relationship, how it develops, and how it comes full circle. One of the best books I\\\'ve read.

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