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

This book made me laugh out loud. Well written in three different voices- the author did an excellent job on creating memorable characters and interweaving American history throughout the story. I loved the characters and didn't want it to end.

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Insightful, Adventurous
Their Eyes Were Watching God

I enjoyed the book this third time reading it. I think I was ready for it this time. I was drawn into the book when I heard about how the author was treated after the book was published. The love story and Janie's unrelenting drive to find love and enjoy life was inspiring.

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
 
Poorly Written, Slow, Unconvincing
Not In Between on In, Between- didn't like it

Not impressed. Love her book Gods in Alabama. Disappointed in this one.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
Girl Who Played With Fire

Excellent follow up to first book. Answered lots of questions from first book.

The Shack by William P. Young
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
The Shack

Enjoyed the book. I'm quite liberal in my religious/spiritual views, so the plot and "teachings" were possible for my mindset. I can see how those who have strict religious views might have issues with the plot and "teachings".

 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
Eat Pray Love

Tempted by Trouble by Eric Jerome Dickey
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Adventurous
EJD does not disappoint!

Really enjoyed the book. I think EJD always gives us a story with support and reason. This is a love tragedy in many ways. It keeps you guessing to the end. And even in the end you might question your understanding of what Really happened.

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
 
Confusing, Inspiring, Informative
Never Got To Happy

It was like running into four old friends from 15 years ago and feeling sorry for where they were currently in life. You knew them well back then and you hoped that life had worked out well for them or that they had worked out their life well and that was not the case. I felt like these woman were very immature and unevolved for 50 year olds. Lots of unnecessary drama and predictable on many levels.

Without a Map: A Memoir by Meredith Hall
 
Insightful, Confusing, Dark
Need A Map or GPS

Well written but not convincing. Lots of gaps. Wandered.

Ford County: Stories by John Grisham
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Ford County- what's the point?

A Dirty Job: A Novel by Christopher Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Fantastic
Something unusual

Never would have picked it but glad I read it. Very interesting plot.

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Romantic
My Name is Memory

Liked the book a lot. Made me think differently about how our souls travel. Slightly disappointed in the ending. A good read overall.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Boring, Dramatic
True to life = Predictable

Pretty much your man cheats on wife and then realizes his mistake. Characters are well-developed and likeable. The ending is very real but predictable which was kinda a letdown.....

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Fun
No A Fan

The book is well-written and unique. The characters are interesting. BUT, I just didn't like it and didn't connect with it at all.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Must Read!

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Brilliant
True Toni Morrison

Enjoyed this short book by Toni Morrison. I understood it better than some of the other books I've read by her. She is deep and subtle and brilliant. Questions are left unanswered and she always allows you to draw your own conclusion. That can be frustrating if you want to "know the answer". It was short and that helped- I also listened on audible so it was neat hearing the author reading her own work.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
 
Dramatic, Fun, Dark

The Silent Wife: A Novel by A. S. A. Harrison
 
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic

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