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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
Next Thing on my List

A fun first book club book.

The Wedding Officer: A Novel by Anthony Capella
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Unconvincing, Adventurous
The Wedding Officer

Some of us loved it, others couldn't get into it.

Lift by Kelly Corrigan
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Lift

A very short book - easy to read in one sitting. Good thing, because you won't want to put it down anyway. I thought it was going to be a postscript to her first book, but it is a lovely "letter" to her kids - all about how very much mothers love their kids.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring

Dune Road: A Novel by Jane Green
 
Unconvincing, Gloomy
dune road

Having enjoyed "The Beach House," I was looking forward to this but found it very predictable and unrealistic.

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

best book any of us have read in a long time!

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
cutting for stone

I really enjoyed this book. One thing that bothered me is that although the author does a very good job of describing situations, events, places and some people, I never had a really good picture in my mind of what Shiva/Marion LOOK like.

Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
three weeks with my brother

our book club liked the family parts (although we found his childhood very depresseing) but could have done without the travel parts.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dark, Brilliant
Frankenstein

Recommended since its a classic, but it is hard to read. Better once you get to the part in Victor Frankenstein's words. Those of us who got through the book (not many!) were all surprised that the story was not what we expected, and is a good story. Others now want to go back and read it.

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

Overall, we found this to be a light read. Most of us enjoyed it, but those of us who read it over a longer period of time found the all-letters format a little confusing; trying to remember who wrote what to whom. Very interesting hostorical background.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
ROOM

"Brilliant" because it is so different from anything else we have read. Writing from Jack's point of view - a child who has never seen the outside world - makes it very surprising. The details about "Room" and the things they must face as they leave it are so unexpected - that is the "interesting" part. But, overall, the subject matter is "dark." Our book club consensus is that the book is "good, but disturbing." Once you start it, you want to keep reading to see what will happen, but you just keep thinking, "I can't even imagine...!"

 
Fun, Pointless, Boring
The sweet potato queens aren't so sweet!

Very silly but fun at first. I laughed out loud a few times! Quickly got to the point, though, where we thought "OK, we get it. That's enough." Some members found the SPQ's attitude offensive.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Book Thief

This book is great. Several of us were skeptical about Death as a narrator but it is really good!

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

A little tough to get into, but an interesting story.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
 
Insightful, Boring, Dramatic
heart of the matter

A quick, easy summer read, but very predictable and didn't leve us with much to discuss.

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Informative
Lucia Lucia

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
13 reasons

Very well-written in a unique style of back-and-forth narration. Despite the subject matter, it is not a gloomy book. I found it hard to put down - just as Clay found it hard not to listen to all the tapes in one night!

Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron
 
Informative, Boring, Difficult
old references

While I LOVED Nora Ephron's newer books ("I Feel Bad About My Neck" and "I Remeber Nothing"), this one was a challenge because it is a collection of articles and essays she wrote in the sixties and so the references were too old for us to understand. Her personal stories in the other books are much better - she is a funny lady!

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

hits a little close to home for those of us with kids almost ready for high school, but a great read!

Kindred Spirits by Sarah Strohmeyer
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Optimistic, Adventurous
Kindred Spirits

My thrid checkbox would be "predictable" if it was offered, but it was still an enjoyable read. I chose "unconvincing" instead because my one criticism is that some of the conflicts seem to get resolved a little too neatly and quickly.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Unconvincing
This book is sad...

...and not in a good way! The title does suggest that the main characters are loners, but it is so extreme as to be unbelievable. There are some other points that are also hard to believe but I don't want to ruin the story for anyone who cares to read it.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
the postmistress

Juliet by Anne Fortier
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Dramatic
Juliet

We loved this book! It is the one of very few books I really wanted to read again later (and I have!)

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Optimistic, Fun
Lessons learned well

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
Remember what you've got!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Beautiful
Five people

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Romantic
interesting format but too depressing

The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun
Wednesday Sisters

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Pope Joan

We really liked this book - we had some great discussion about women's rights, education, and the role of power and money in the church at various points in history.

 
not what I thought it would be

I thought this would be a light summer read - a wedding on a new england island! - but found it depressing and did not think any of the issues/stories were tied up particularly well

The Dinner by Herman Koch
 
Dark, Interesting, Slow
Not a fan, but this book raises interesting questions.

I didn't really 'get" what the book was about until halfway through it. Details are missing and then filled in in a strange order. I haven't read "Gone Girl" but find this book kind of a twist on "Defending Jacob." While I did not enjoy this book, I can see where it lends itself to some good discussion.

State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
State of Wonder

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

Bel Canto (P.S.) by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Slow
Difficult to review without giving too much away

I really enjoyed most of the book. The relationships that develop are very interesting. The characters are so isolated from the outside world that the reader may forget to expect any surprises.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Slow, Unconvincing
maybe not for the casual book club

I loved this book. But - full disclosure! - I am a science teacher. The stories that go with each chapter are very interesting and well-written, but each can stand alone. You could focus on one particular plant for a group discussion if you wanted to. Apples and cannabis chapters stick in my mind as particularly good ones!

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
husbands secret

I loved this book!!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
light between oceans

wonderful book. a little hard to believe in parts, but really very good - and led to good \"what would you have done?\" discussions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing
and the mountains echoed

beautiful, sad, uplifting, gut-wrenching, triumphant....this was a very good read.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
orphan train

can't imagine being on a train like that. Absolutely loved parts of this book. Other parts not so much but I don't want to spoil the story...

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
AJ Fickry

You\\\'ve got to root for this guy.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
Girls can do anything

Isabelle never gives up. I\\\'m not going to say any more because I don\\\'t want to ruin it for anyone!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Informative
Memory Painter

I really liked this book, but I had the luxury of reading it over only a couple of days. I imagine that if you tried to read just a little at a time, it would be very hard to follow, as it jumps around in time a lot. That said, the twists and how it all comes together is very very good!

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